Midnight Spin, Alex Vans, HighKick
2639 Poplar St
Philadelphia, PA, 19130
This event is 21 and over
Since forming in 2005, the band recorded and gigged at a furious pace, releasing 2 underground demos and an EP in less than a year, creating a wave of goodwill the band rode straight through to the release of 2006's "Prison Wine", which earned them a spot on the Philadelphia City Paper's Year End Critic's Poll. They have since released a second album entitled "Bourbon Legend". In an August 2008 interview with Blogsnroses.com, editor Craig Wettner noted, "If you don't add [seeing the Tressels live] to your bucket list then you deserve to die because you are just missing out on too much in life".
Midnight Spin formed below the streets of Brooklyn in 2008, writing and performing music as powerful and commanding as the roaring JMZ trains and chaotic neighborhood blocks that bustle just above their basement rehearsal space. The following summer, the group released their debut EP to a sellout crowd at Manhattan's famed Mercury Lounge and toured extensively behind it, introducing audiences to a new incarnation of passionate guitar-based alternative rock. While their raucous showmanship and tight performances saw them named one of the 10 Must-See Bands at the annual CMJ Festival, the instant success of their Through the Mojo Wire EP earned Midnight Spin the 2010 Independent Music Award for Best Rock Song.
The group recently finished recording their debut LP, Don't Let Me Sleep, with acclaimed Producer/Engineer Justin Gerrish (Vampire Weekend, The Strokes). The album showcases the five members of the band at their best, distilling immediately melodic, to-the-point songwriting throughout the course of twelve songs, while displaying inspired ambition and comfort playing at both ends of the volume spectrum. With the release set for January 2013, this album will break down your door and sleep on your couch.
Alex's broad-but-never-bombastic voice is the first thing that strikes the ear, calling to mind Jeff Twee...dy, or maybe even the kind of vocalist Conor Oberst might grow up into (if Oberst cared to grow up). Just beneath the spare, plaintive vocals lies Alex's sunny Hendrix and SRV-inspired guitar riffs, creating a bittersweet pastiche that evokes Beck's "Sea Change" period. Not gratuitously, he seamlessly adds in some phrasing nods to the Beatles and The Arcade Fire that serve to add to the tension between traditional and modern sounds.
HighKick is a West Philadelphia based band who continue to evolve and challenge themselves as performers. Presenting their fans with improvisational jams, layered indie sagas, bluegrass singalongs and a trilogy of Christmas Musicals to boot. HighKick aim to please and shoot to kill.
The process of creating and releasing 'Normal View' inspired the band to hit the road and deliver their music to other markets. After returning from their first multi-state tour, HighKick is currently writing new material, converting their diesel mini-bus to run on vegetable oil and building their very own studio.
HighKick was the Philly local pick on WXPN in May, 2014, Jackson's local shot on WMMR, and most recently, did a Key Studio Session for wxpn's The Key in December of 2014 (http://thekey.xpn.org/2014/12/10/kss-highkick/). The band have shared the stage with notable performers including Bernie Worrell, Wanda Jackson, Yarn, Swift Technique, Justin Stens and the Get Real Gang, Toy Soldiers, The Spinto Band, Royal Teeth, Yellow Dub Marine, Misterwives and more.
"Known for their high energy shows and on stage antics the quartet utilizes vocal harmonies and over-driven guitars to captivate audiences." - Marc Wentzel - PhantasyTour.com
"(HighKick) captured my attention through their stage humor", says Tristateindie.com."HighKick put on a hell of a show. Being a stickler for folk-punk influenced music, I warmed up to these guys quick."
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