Dead Confederate (Moved From Johnny Brenda's)
Roadkill Ghost Choir, Penrose
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
This event is 21 and over
For the uninitiated, Dead Confederate is a ﬁve-piece rock band from Athens, GA whose
music runs the gamut of infectious psychedelia to a uniquely southern and ferocious
dirge. Although, placing labels on a band like this is rather pointless as their sound
seems a constant and ﬂuid evolution; they never seem content with abiding by the
guides of one sub-genre, so maybe it's best we just leave it at "rock" for simplicity's
sake. Dead Confederate, in name and sound, formed in 2006 in Atlanta, GA before
moving to Athens shortly thereafter. In these six years, the band has become one of the
most revered live acts in the nation by fans and peers alike. Touring relentlessly in the
US and overseas, they've been handpicked to join a number of their musical heroes on
the road (REM, Dinosaur Jr, Meat Puppets... to name a few) and play some rather highproﬁle gigs (Bonnaroo to Bumbershoot, SXSW and CMJ, Late Night with Conan
O'Brien... also to name a few). Dead Confederate has released two full-length records
to-date, 2008's "Wrecking Ball" and 2010's "Sugar", as well as two EP's, a live album,
and an eighteen-song compilation of home recordings. Their third full-length, "In The
Marrow", will be making it's long-anticipated appearance on April 16, 2013 via
Spiderbomb Records/ Redeye.
Roadkill Ghost Choir
Emerging fully-formed from the desolate heart of Central Florida, Roadkill Ghost Choir make unsettling, powerful American rock, Tom Petty by way of Radiohead and Cormac McCarthy. Set against Kiffy Meyer’s ghostly steel pedal, singer and main songwriter Andrew Shepard triumphantly conjures an allegorical American landscape of drifters, specters and violent saints. Andrew’s brothers Maxx (drums) and Zach (bass) Shepard round out the rhythm section, and Stephen Garza handles lead guitar.
The band released their debut EP ‘Quiet Light’ in 2013 in the midst of a touring run that saw them opening for Band of Horses and 2013 festival slots at New York’s Governor’s Ball, Austin City Limits and Shaky Knees in Atlanta, GA. In January 2014 the band was invited to perform on the David Letterman Show, where they performed standout track “Beggar’s Guild.” Their debut full-length, “In Tongues,” recorded in Athens, Georgia and in their home studio in Deland, Florida with producer Doug Boehm, will be out August 19. The band will be touring supporting the new album, including stops at Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza.
Penrose is Thomas Murphy, Patrick Murphy, and Daniel Murphy, three brothers from Philadelphia. The origins of the band date back to their grade school days taking piano lessons together, but in the Spring of 2009 they played their first show together in a warehouse in North Philadelphia. Since then the brothers have worked to create an original, hard hitting sound that combines the hard rock of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath with the delta blues of John Lee Hooker and R.L. Burnside with the innovation of Radiohead and Pink Floyd flowing throughout.
The band has made its home in Philadelphia and New York venues such as The Trocadero Main Stage, The Mercury Lounge, The North Star Bar, The Khyber, and Arlene's Grocery.
Recently, the band experienced such successes as being given the opportunity to open for international megaband MGMT in front of a 3,000+ audience, and being offered a residency at the world famous Arlene's Grocery in Manhattan for the month of August, and were awarded Deli Magazine Band of the Month July 2010!
With Tom on drums, Pat on bass, and Dan on guitar/keys/vocals, the band creates a sound almost too large for a simple three piece. As one reviewer describes the live show, "Dan's bluesy slide playing during the verse contrasts sharply with Pat's fuzz-laden bass . . . providing the prerequisite wall of rhythm that would drive the Penrose sound. With the rhythmic vehicle mobilized, the sound was poised to wail."
$12 in advance, $14 day of show