Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease, The Bugs, The Deadeyes
847 N Third Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19123
This event is 21 and over
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Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease
Joey has been writing songs and non-fiction since he was a teenager in the 1980s. Over the years, he has fronted the groups The Barnabys and The Trouble With Sweeney, as well as recording and performing as a solo artist. Meanwhile, he’s also written for a wide array of publications, including Salon.com, Philadelphia Weekly, the Philadelphia Inquirer and his daily perch, Philebrity.com, a cityblog he established in 2004. His songs and records have received widespread critical acclaim over the years; of his last record with The Trouble With Sweeney, Fishtown Briefcase, Pitchfork said “[Sweeney] mixes autobiography and fiction against the group’s 70s-inflected indie pop, resourceful— and unabashed— enough to digress into an E Street interlude or an AM-rock guitar coda.” He’s also garnered curse and praise as a writer of prose, having won the AAN Award for Music Criticism and appeared in Best Music Writing 2002. From 2004 through 2010, Sweeney mostly shied from performing and recording, focusing instead on his role as Publisher & Editor of the website Philebrity.com. In 2011, however, Sweeney stepped back into his old role of singer-songwriter, this time fronting the rock band Arctic Splash. Joey Sweeney Your Life Is Calling compiles the best of everything before the Splash.
In early 2013, Sweeney went on to record Long Hair, with Grammy award-winning producer Aaron ‘Luis’ Levinson, Lushlife aka Raj Haldar, and others. Long Hair is slated to be released by the eclectic La Société Expéditionnaire imprint (home and spawning pool of Lewis & Clarke, Judson Claiborne, Strand of Oaks, Arc In Round).
The Deadeyes rose from the ashes of Philadelphia’s indie soul punk band Grubstake. This violin driven 3-piece effortlessly traverses the musical genres of punk, roots-rock and soul. John Coursey, who also performs with the folk rock High Hearts and has been improvising experimental space-noise with the Mikroknytes for over a decade. His sonorous contributions have been compared to Velvet Underground’s John Cale and avant garde drone master Tony Conrad.
The trio self-released their debut record in January 2015 called Demonstrationals and Remixes. The album consists of five original hard-hitting tracks recorded at Headroom Studios over the course of one weekend with Joe Reinhart of Hop Along and Algernon Cadwallader. To complete the concept, the Deadeyes chose several new and old musical collaborators to remix six tracks which were included on the album.
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