Thee, Idea Men, The Standing Cinema

Thee, Idea Men

While Thee, Idea Men are the first to make fun of themselves in their signature self-deprecating yet gloating style, their rock and blues EP is a multilayered homage to beloved influencers while laying the groundwork for a rich, opulent eight-track album that diversifies their goofy, over-the-top personas. The melodic cadences the three-piece band contrives from their Philadelphian home is strategically crafted but adhered with reputable talent that eclipses many struggling contenders. But it’s not their fault; they were clearly birthed and then serendipitously met in their mid-20’s to form Thee, Idea Men.

After Matthew Jurasek, (guitarist/vocals) was asked by fellow Drexel University student, Tyler March, (drums), to write a few songs for his senior project at Drexel University, the two snowballed the classroom assignment into a full-fledged band, adding Kris Prinat (bass) to complete their trio while luckily adding some good-looks to their somewhat homely group. They soon moved in together and converted their spare room into a studio where the three started jamming regularly just for shits and giggles. Soon the sounds they were making became too rousing that they were all but cornered into turning their stoned-jam sessions into the real deal; a few months later we are graced with Thee, Idea Men – and luckily too.

When asking Thee, Idea Men who actually has the best ideas, Jurasek interjects, “Let’s get something right. We all have the best ideas, hence why we are Thee, Idea Men. And we have them because we are thinkers, and drinkers.” This assemblage of inspiration and education clearly represents itself on the cover of their album where they chose to wear bold leotards for their photo-shoot, because it’s obvious these three soon-to-be college grads take everything with a grain of salt and a shot of whiskey, minus the meticulous care and attention to detail given to their standout EP “Getcho Groo Von”. But what truly rounds this young band into their old-soul groove is a compilation of raw talent, their genealogy given to the rock and roll greats, and their obvious spirited obsession with music, sounds, and living life in an ultra-engaged fashion. Sucking the marrow out of life, Thee, Idea Men are not only set and ready with their sails ready, but they are filled to the bone with determination to play music for the rest of their lives

The Standing Cinema

Donovan Rice started out in Philadelphia as a solo singer/songwriter, getting his name out there by playing at open mics and eventually releasing an EP and full length album. His songwriting and performances eventually caught the attention of two other area musicians, Billy Rose and Dave DeHart. After an undeniable chemistry, the three decided to carry on as a power trio, collaborating styles and forming a collective energy seen on stage in various live performances over the past year.

Andrew Johns (of Life On The Horizon)

Life On The Horizon is an alternative rock band from Philadelphia. Formed in 2011 by singer/songwriter Andrew Johns, the band released its first single "Boomerang" spring of last year. As audio engineers and producers themselves, the band took to recording a full length record at their homes and surrounding studios.

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Thee, Idea Men, The Standing Cinema with Andrew Johns (of Life On The Horizon)

Friday, July 12 · 9:00 PM at North Star Bar