Low Energy, Downtrodder, Baggage, Taking Meds, Readership

Low Energy

We sound like this and that and some other shit.

Philadelphia, PA

After over a decade in touring punk band, The Swellers, drummer Jonathan Diener moves from the back of the stage to the front. The songs being written at the time were for nothing more than self-medicating and moving on from the band’s breakup, but eventually the project was all about leaving your comfort zone and doing what you’ve always wanted to do with no expectations.

As a freelance writer for several music publications, seeing things from the business side as well as creative side just fed more fuel to the flames. The idea was to embrace feelings of self-awareness and distance one's self from the toxic feelings of romanticizing nostalgia. Letting the past finally be the past. The formation of Baggage was inevitable.

Jonathan asked his friends to start jamming and close to a year later the project evolved into something special. The band entered the studio with Marc Hudson (Taking Back Sunday, Saves The Day, Against Me!) and tracked five songs, released as Cheaper Than Therapy, an EP which helped raise money for their friend's burned down house renovations.

Taking Meds

Taking Meds formed in 2012 in Rochester, NY and consists of Skylar Sarkis, Ben Kotin, Jon Markson, and Matt Battle. The project began when Kotin and Sarkis were on tour with their other band, Such Gold, and started to write lyrics over some of Kotin’s math rock inspired riffs. They soon added Markson and Battle to the group and recorded their first three songs in Battle’s Rochester apartment. These songs were released by Broken World Media in 2013 as the band’s first demo.

What began as a side project in the interest of promoting creative freedom for the four musicians quickly became powerful live act, combining intricate, Braid-like riffs with an intensity akin to At the Drive-In. The band spent 2014 and 2015 writing and touring the East Coast, and will release their debut LP, My Life as a Bro, on November 4th via Broken World Media.


Readership is a West Chester and Philadelphia-based trio that makes music songs. They play music for cats. They get Final Jeopardy right about half the time.

"Readership? They're a band." --Meowifier

"It’s jangling guitars and world-weary words are totally drawn from the rock anthems of R.E.M. and [early] U2, but the moments of overdrive and chaos give new Philly trio Readership a nice punk edge." --John Vettese, WXPN's The Key



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