Baker Man, Josh Jones, The Meta
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Over the course of a year and a half, MiniBoone has made Brooklyn their own personal protectorate, decimating human audiences while twisting melodies and swinging instruments wildly above their heads. With three rotating front-men and a rhythm section made of angry rotating swords, they channel the mechanical abandon of Devo while evoking the lyrical resonance and emotional power of Springsteen.
The distinctive brand of American-strange rock and roll formed from this mixture may be at odds with the prevailing lo-fi strains emanating from New York City these days, but it has won them converts of everyone from the Village Voice to NPR. Since January 2010's Big Changes EP (Drug Front Records), The L Magazine bestowed upon them the prestigious title of one of the "8 NYC Bands You Need to Hear" in April, and the video for their can-you-be-in-a-hardcore-band-and-still-like-Kylie-Minogue standout "Cool Kids Cut Out of the Heart Itself" was featured on the first episode of the Flavorpill Fix. Live, MiniBoone is a genuine thrill, and has displayed its explosion of sentient energy at Northside Festival, Brooklyn Bowl, Mercury Lounge, and the Rocks Off Concert Cruise Ship amongst many others.
Now MiniBoone is adding more fuel to the fire with a new 7" released in March 2011. "The Other Summer" is an exhaustingly frenetic Andrew W.K. "hiding on the backstreets" opus, clocking in at nearly six minutes. On the other side, "Fight Song" is an immaculate specimen of fractured pop glory. Look for a new EP this summer and their first LP in the fall.
As the world's youth continue to define their existence against the ideas of love and confusion, MiniBoone hope to provide a suitable soundtrack.
Andy and Michael started Baker Man in the throes of an exhausting graduate school experience- to preserve a little sanity through blowing off some creative steam each week. Their first fan was a 7 year old boy living in Andy's neighborhood who knocked on his basement window to tell them they were doing a really good job. From there, Andy and Michael's confidence grew, bringing in original drummer Tom and guitarist/vocalist Andrew to flesh things out. The band's writing seemed to outpace the number of shows they were playing (you get that when you've got three songwriters at work), continuing with this pattern in fall of 2013 when new drummer Evan replaced a departing Tom.
The band's creative influences start in the 80's and 90's American underground, and from there tend to travel wide, but without straying too terribly far from a common love of 90's indie, punk, and shoegaze. After allowing some for their sound to gestate, they dubbed it as "Shoegazi," with varying levels of amusement from people who've heard this joke. They've never gotten the same comparison twice- from Archers Of Loaf to "R.E.M. meets Mono," Baker Man try to explore all the music they love and connect with, and don't shy away from trading off instrument roles either.
The band is in the stages of mixing a six song EP with Philadelphian engineer/producer extraordinaire Jeff White (Northern Arms, Cardillo). Look for a release in the fall!
Josh Jones is a mountain of a man who demands excellence and delivers pain. He makes albums that drive men to madness. He's got videos that compel women to disrobe. Every morning he drinks the blood of lamb and every night he slumbers on a limousine door atop a pride of fretful lions encircled by a ring of wild baying brush fire. This man,this Makoma, deigns to sing in the company of mortals accompanied only by his sacred VHS tape and the shocked screams of his indebted witnesses
The Meta is a South Philly-based rock band with folk and indie influences. Blending an eclectic mix of influences, The Meta is dedicated to bringing thoughtful songwriting featuring strong melodies and vocal harmonies to the Philly music scene.