Johnny Brenda's Presents
Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang
Andrew Cedermark, Lux Perpetua
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang
Juston Stens was a guitarist in a young punk band before turning to drums at age 20 after breaking his wrist. He ended up as the drummer for the popular rock band Dr. Dog after moving to Philadelphia, but always considered himself foremost a singer, songwriter and guitar player.
Stens left Dr. Dog to play guitar and write and record his own music, a hard decision that he marked by rebuilding a 1972 Triumph motorcycle and hitting the road. The resulting cross-country journey took him to visit friends in bands like Wilco, Spoon, Dr. Dog, Apollo Sunshine and Giant Cloud. Stens wrote and recorded songs with musical pals at each destination, and the trip was documented in an upcoming film, “I Lay Where I Fall.”
Stens’ debut album, Trash or Treasure, was released last year and reissued on vinyl in summer of 2013. It has a timeless sound that harkens back to classic ’50s rock and roll—part surf guitar, part Elvis and Bill Haley and the Comets. Stens is now on the road throughout the Northeast with his rock band, the Get Real Gang, and will release a new album, Share the Road, in October on limited-edition vinyl and digitally on all major download and streaming sites.
Following his 2010 effort, Moon Deluxe, the rock-and-roll musician Andrew Cedermark spent 2012 putting new songs to tape in an honest-to-goodness rock-and-roll recording studio. Ten of these songs make up his new album, Home Life, which is set in New York, New Jersey and Virginia, and which, loosely, is about growing up only to find that you didn’t have to, and the subsequent discovery that the process is irreversible. Other irreversible processes discussed in the album include falling in love; losing friends while not making friends; and realizing that one is mired in a place where one does not belong. Like country and rap music, neither of which Home Life resembles, the album’s lyrical content is designed to reflect the likely concerns of its listeners. The majority of Home Life was recorded by Kevin McMahon at Marcata in New Paltz, New York, with two separate bands: on half the songs Kevin Haney played drums and Jacob Wolf played bass guitar; on the other half Alex Tretiak played drums and Sarim Al-Rawi (of Liquor Store) played bass guitar. Jacob played all the keys and contributed many melodies, and Andrew wrote the songs and plays all other parts. “On Me” and “Come Back” were recorded at homes in Charlottesville, VA and New York City. Andrew Cedermark’s live band, Andrew Cedermark Revue, consists of Alex Tretiak on drums, Jacob Wolf on bass.
After spending the better part of 5 years in the studio, Lux Perpetua is proud to present ‘Hehbehdehbehbehdeh’ --- out May 29th on Color Theory records. With idiosyncratic songwriting, psychedelic explosions, and washes of warm gooey melody, Lux Perpetua crafted a subtle, strange record that grabs your ears and gives them something to chew on. Hailing from Philadelphia PA, ‘Hehbehdehbehbehdeh’ was recorded at front man Justin Wolf’s home studio Nomadic Recording and features the backup vocals of Amelia Meath of Mountain Man and Sylvan Esso. The 11 tracks contemplate all manner of weird emotion, strange coincidence, and specific remembrance, all set to jangly guitar rock and washes of atmospheric soundscapes. Lux Perpetua’s live performance showcases the bands ability to shred, taking the large sound of the recordings and crunching them into searing nuggets of unabashed psych rock. Featuring the virtuosic bass playing and drumming of Matt Gibson and Spencer Carrow, the 3 piece brings as much heat as possible to the stage, while still giving form and time to the songwriting and melody.