Johnny Brenda's Presents
Team Spirit, Weekender
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Hailing from Birmingham, Peace are a young four-piece pointing the way for a new generation of British guitar bands. Their debut release, EP Delicious (out in USA in February), has a sense of adventure and playfulness that led it to enter the UK iTunes chart at 14, surprising everyone, especially the band. Singer Harrison said “Up until now we’ve been working a a release rate of 1.5 songs a year, so this is us basically smashing our personal best. I can’t really work out what EP ‘Delicious’ is but I think that’s the best way to feel.”
Signed to Columbia Records, Peace are an incredible live band with over 200 shows alone in 2012, playing with the likes of Mystery Jets, Manic Street Preachers and Vaccines. They’re in the studio with Jim Abbiss finishing up their debut album which will be released early 2013.
Ayad Al Adhamy looked over at his guitar collecting dust in the corner and decided that he had had enough. He picked it up, fell back in love and Team Spirit was born.
Needing a band, he got in touch with his old shred-metal college roommate Roman Tobias Pettigrew (who had spent the last few years in Los Angeles starting a cult) and recruited Cosmo Kilburn Di Giulio after finding and nearly losing him after a night’s drinking in a country music bar. The line-up is rounded off by ball-kickin’ drummer Mike Addesso.
Bursting with soulpower, Team Spirit’s music is a cocktail of Motown basslines, Thin Lizzy-esque duelling guitars, 90’s sing-along hooks, Glam beats and Chuck Berry feet.
Do you like to rock? Do you like to move your body and shake those hips of yours? Exactly.
So then, friend, get out the drinks, light your cigarette, lace up your boots and turn it up to eleven! Prepare yourself for the new mavericks of Rock n’ Roll: Team Spirit.
The Sheehan brothers, Derek and Nic, played in a number of bands together and separately in Philadelphia over the course of a few years, some lasting longer than others, some garnering more attention.
The two made a fresh start recruiting Tom Anthony (Bleeding Fractals) and Emily Cahill (Gypsy Death and You) in early 2013 forming Weekender. Since then their endeavors have won the hearts of many a local, including producer Kyle “Slick” Johnson (Modest Mouse/Wavves), who signed on to work with the band on new material. The quartet peaked the interest of upstart Brooklyn based label PaperCup Music and joined their roster to release their debut EP, Spanish Peaks. Opening for acts like The Growlers and Peace, Weekender's emergence has been warmly welcomed by the Philly music scene and the blogosphere alike.
With the 2013 debut EP, Spanish Peaks ("...a perfect psych-pop daydream."- Diffuser.fm), tour dates and a follow up record in the works, this young group is quickly building a reputation as one of the hottest up-and-coming acts in the neo-psychedelic scene.
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