Johnny Brenda's Presents
GEMS, Mock Suns
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:15 PM
This event is 21 and over
Coming to the attention of 4AD after a clutch of demo tracks went online early in 2012, Indians emerged in a fittingly understated manner, and with Somewhere Else, has made both an assured and majestic debut album.
Indians is all the work of one man, Copenhagen resident Søren Løkke Juul, who brought his band in to being when he felt the need to challenge himself and do something different. Not aiming for anything other than satisfying a creative urge, things have snowballed quickly for him ever since.
Performing his first show as Indians in February 2012, he self-released his debut 7” single a few months later and has since extensively toured both Europe and North America, playing shows with the likes of Beirut, Bear In Heaven, Dan Deacon, Lower Dens, Perfume Genius, Retribution Gospel Choir, Savages, Weird Dreams and is currently on the road with Other Lives. To cap it off, he’s joined fellow countrymen Efterklang in signing to 4AD, doubling the number of Scandinavian acts on their roster.
Over the summer months, Søren retreated to a studio in the Danish countryside to finish his early demos and write new material to make Somewhere Else a personal document that’s equal parts melancholic lament and hopeful stargazing, the title itself an indication of the sense of otherness that runs throughout. Evocative of the natural world, its cavernous tones and Autumnal warmth reflect the vastness of the landscape that formed the backdrop of its conception.
Indians celebrated joining the ranks of Bon Iver, St. Vincent, Tune-Yards and Mark Lanegan etc with a 4AD Session. Like all 4AD Sessions, it was filmed in a day and in a way that the band wanted it. Directed by Iain & Jane, they went to Osea Island, a little-known, privately owned island in the estuary of the Blackwater in Essex, UK where Søren was flanked by two additional band members (his live band floats between solo performances and a three-piece band). Facing up to the challenge of performing in a vast open space, under sky and near water, they triumphed in making quite a first impression.
The Washington, DC duo GEMS, comprised of Lindsay Pitts and Clifford John, have developed their own brand of intoxicating, cinematic dream-pop that is deeply heartbreaking and romantic. The duo weaves a dark web of intimate male and female vocals, hazy guitars and lush synthesizers. Their songs are tragic, haunting, and tinged with melancholy and existential longing.
Mock Suns began in 2009 as a five-piece band, performing at the time under the name Giant Mind. The band later reformed into a three-piece, shortly after the departure of two members, following the release of their debut EP, Two Frames. As Mock Suns, they set out to reform their style from indie-electronic pastiche to a more focused, guitar-driven, loop-based sound, while still retaining the original spirit of Giant Mind.
Here Nor There debuted on April 3rd, 2012, as the band’s first full-length album, “tipping its cap to 60s psychedelia, heavy rock and jazz” (Chad Huffman, Modern American Weekly). The band’s first single, The Dark, and the accompanying music video garnered much praise from blogs like Discosalt and FensePost for it’s bizarre originality, while their song Getaway made it’s way into regular rotation at XPN2.
Here Nor There’s peculiar promotional efforts also turned heads, from the likes of Guilty People to The Dieline. In addition to planting numerous advance copies of the album around Philadelphia, they equipped select albums with unique codes, each of which were redeemable for one of three custom-packaged, life-sized Mock Suns candy faces, as seen in their video, The Dark. With help from local record store AKA Music, the band was able to distribute these unusual treats to 25 lucky fans. The unorthodox promotion gave the band a favorable local presence, not only for the music, which one fan claimed helped him get laid, but for the chocolate, which another fan said was “much, much larger than I expected, and absurdly delicious. Possibly the best chocolate I've ever had.”
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