Y-Not Radio Presents: The National Rifle

The National Rifle

The National Rifle is a Philadelphia band formed in 2006 that has released 4 EP's prior to the 2013 full length album Almost Endless.

Recorded in the spring and summer of 2012 with producers Brian McTear (Sharon Van Etten) and Jon Low (Twin Sister) Almost Endless comes a long way from the indie punk of the first few EPs. The dance-ready bass, the energy and the restlessness are still there but they've reached a point in which their influences blend to create a sound of their own. It's electro rock, future punk, space pop. Covered in analog synths and amp noise, it's a headphones album. The beat's as loud as ever but the tone is even more dynamic. Reaching huge choruses and big finishes the vocals stay clean and emotive.

With this album The National Rifle keep up with their favorite bands who crafted a sound with both guitars AND synths. Referencing Berlin-era Bowie, Gary Numan, and New Order while keeping 21st century influences like the work of Johnny Jewel and Crystal Castles.


Instamatic make danceable beats with brains. Armed with four-on-the-floor propulsion and dirty synth hooks, Instamatic combine elements of contemporary electro with classic indie rock aesthetics. The band formed in 2008, growing out of the Philadelphia DJ/production duo Crimp Yr Hair. After spinning for years and remixing artists like Crystal Castles, Yelle, and Matt & Kim, TJ Adams and Rick Mitchell decided to expand what they had in the studio into a live performance. They joined forces with Amanda Blank collaborator Steven Haslam and Philadelphia scene veterans Philip Schorn and Matt Coogan to write electronic anthems – and actually play them. Having grown up in the Philadelphia punk scene, they called bullshit on electronic groups that barely used their instruments on stage. While their contemporaries seemed content to push play on a laptop, Instamatic were determined to recreate what they made in their basements and bedrooms live. Their tracks reflect this spirit and their shows are an aural assault of speakers, synthesizers and sequencers.

Instamatic self-released their second EP "See the Signal" in January 2012, featuring the track “Replacement for Life,” co-written by Dayve Hawke of Memory Tapes. They are currently recording their third EP and playing shows up and down the East Coast, sharing the stage with the likes of Memory Tapes, Amanda Blank, Creepoid & approximately 6,954 DJs.

XPN said, “New wave-disco hasn’t sounded this good, since, well, new wave-disco of the late 1970s and early 1980s.”

Pitchfork called the band, “electropop definitely worth a listen.”

SON STEP is a unique collaborative effort featuring four active forces in Philadelphia's new and original music scene. Hungry for exploration, the band's members are apt to mix up both instrumentation and individual roles. Live performances are often spattered with dual bass or guitar, passages of heavy group drumming, and a communal sharing of vocal duties. This is also characteristic of Spooky Tooth, a 4-song EP and the band's first studio recording (released in early 2011). Son Step's sound combines intricate composition, improvisation, gritty electronics, and heartfelt lyricism, while touching upon an array of influences- ambient, post-punk, folk and beyond. Together the four friends create urgent music that should be heard by listeners and audiences seeking something truly fresh and captivating.

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Y-Not Radio Presents: The National Rifle with Instamatic, Son Step

Saturday, May 18 · Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:30 PM at MilkBoy Philly