Lantern - Album Release!
The Solar Motel Band, Ivory Tuskk
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:15 PM
This event is 21 and over
Lantern is a Rock ‘N’ Roll band based out of Philadelphia that is centered around the duo of Zachary Devereux Fairbrother and Emily Robb. The two have created a relentless maniacal Rock ‘N’ Roll animal, penetrated with fuzz-wah monsters, boogie-diseases, exorcisms, black leather and sex. Inspired by their idols The Rolling Stones, The Stooges, Bo Diddley, the Cramps, MC5, David Bowie, and all the originators of R&B and the blues, they wish to contribute their mark on the great American folk music, Rock ‘N’ Roll.
They are releasing their latest album, Rock 'N' Roll Rorschach, into the mid-summer heat of July 9th. The album marks a shift in sound from the blown out world of 4-track self-recordings to a more discernable breed of raw power. Lantern's sound melts genres together, bending weird blues into a frenzy of fuzzed soloing and glammed-out dance beats. The album is testament to the odyssey of rock 'n' roll and it will make you want to boogie as soon as the needle drops. Sophomore Lounge Records is offering it up so come and get it.
The Solar Motel Band
Chris Forsyth is a lauded guitarist and composer whose work assimilates art-rock textures with vernacular American influences. Long active in underground circles, he has recently reinvented himself as a band leader with The Solar Motel Band and released a string of acclaimed records of widescreen guitar rock under his own name including 2011's Paranoid Cat (Family Vineyard) and 2012's Kenzo Deluxe (Northern Spy) that he deems Cosmic Americana. His most recent release, Solar Motel (Paradise of Bachelors) has been called one of 2013's best releases by the New Yorker, Uncut, Aquarium Drunkard, Frontier Psychiatrist, Pop Matters, and others, provoking ecstatic comparisons to classic artists like Television, The Grateful Dead, Popul Vuh, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Richard Thompson, Robert Quine, John Fahey, and Glenn Branca. Prior to his relocation to Philadelphia in 2009, Forsyth was a member of Brooklyn-based gothic junk folk expressionists Peeesseye. He’s also collaborated with artists including singer/songwriter Meg Baird (appearing on her 2011 Drag City release Seasons on Earth), Japanese guitarist/boogie master Tetuzi Akiyama, trumpeter Nate Wooley, analog synthesist Koen Holtkamp, and choreographers Miguel Gutierrez, RoseAnne Spradlin, and Meg Foley. He is a recipient of a 2011 Pew Fellowship in the Arts. In spring 2013, Forsyth formed The Solar Motel Band with longtime bassist Peter Kerlin, guitarist Paul Sukeena (Spacin') and drummer Steven Urgo (ex-The War on Drugs), and introduced the band with a month-long June residency at Ortlieb's in Philly that ignited a storm of blog praise when the shows were posted on Soundcloud. The group has been recording new material for a release and is preparing to tour extensively in 2014.
"(Solar Motel) is some kind of masterpiece, a four-part suite of ecstatic, spiritual psychedelia that splits the difference between unabashed classic rock thrills and a spikey avant garde sense of adventure. Try to imagine Television circa 1977 recording a cover of Pharoah Sanders’ “The Creator Has A Master Plan” and you’re halfway there." - Aquarium Drunkard
"9/10. It’s a fierce, exploratory record that sounds, in a way, like an instrumental sequel to Television’s Marquee Moon. Forsyth understands how to elevate mathematical riffing with lyrical flourishes and buried echoes of folk motifs. As a whole, it's brilliant." Uncut
"Existing somewhere between ambient guitar excess and classic rock boogie, the four-part suite moves with an elegant ferocity. Droning riffs build slowly into full-tilt shred-storms as organs pierce and the rhythm section rumbles. It falls comfortably within rock ‘n’ roll’s most accepted territories, but it pushes at the boundaries, delighting in giving familiar sounds a new purpose. Put simply, it feels like a classic." - Blurt
Ivory Tuskk is a recording moniker for keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist Robbie Bennett. His first release "The Icy Lake" is a hazy blend of chamber pop and Americana that at times invokes David Essex's "Rock On" or a synth-laden Nilsson. Bennett most notably is found behind the keys for The War on Drugs, recently appeared on Hammond with John Cale and lends synths to bandmate Dave Hartley's Nightlands.
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