“Take it down and tear it apart.” Busses frontman Dave Brett delivers
the words like a mission statement on “Metal,” a new song announcing
a step forward for a band that's made its name around its native
Philadelphia for stretching the parameters of indie rock. Both that
song and “Shangrila” capture the trio at ease, leisurely adrift,
stretching out grooves and suspending melodies in between. Bright
chords drift out of Brett’s guitar amp bathed in warm colors as his
elastic voice reaches into higher registers while Jason Bachman’s
pillowy synthesizer and bass set a pulse reinforced by Nick Apice’s
shuffling, syncopated drumming. It’s a bold step away from the punk
and progressive rock influences worn proudly and unpredictably on its
eponymous debut, but that’s not to say the band has lost its taste for
the bombastic. It's just that now, the music swells into overdrive
where it may have once sprinted, inviting us to savor the ride.

Celestial Shore

The whispers about Celestial Shore's debut full-length, 10x, began with the release of the balmy I'm-so-done-with-you song "Valerie" on Stereogum earlier this year. Sound traveled: the Brooklyn trio joined Hometapes and 10x will be released September 3rd in partnership with Local Singles (the new label begun by Brad Oberhofer). In nine songs, Celestial Shore deconstructs city life, the history of pop music, and their own jazz educations into something both heartbreakingly raw and mystically timeless. In between the lines, the band exalts the vibrant scene they call home: the album was mixed by Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, includes Empress Of's Lorely Rodriguez on vocals, and features cover art by Prince Rama.

The Interest Group

The Interest Group is a project which began as a recording partnership between its founding songwriters/producers, Marissa Lesnick and Yohsuke Araki in fall of 2011. While the musical style is malleable, the songs are still tied together by their voice, production technique, and sensibilities grounded in and around pop music. In their polarized aesthetics converge; equal parts grandiose pop of the 60’s and introverted sonic soundscapes of the 70’s onward.



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Busses with Celestial Shore, The Interest Group

Friday, August 23 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:15 PM at Johnny Brenda's