2125 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19103
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is all ages
The Blow is an electronic pop duo comprised of Khaela Maricich and Melissa Dyne. The Blow has taken various incarnations over the years: initially begun as a solo project by Maricich, the band was joined for a couple of albums by Jona Bechtolt of YACHT, after which it morphed into its current shape as the collaborative power convergence of Maricich and Dyne. In live performances, Maricich and Dyne work from opposite ends of the room, hugging the audience in between them, with Khaela on the main stage and Melissa on a separate stage at the back of the room. Onlookers stand in the direct path between the performers, encircled and perforated by the call and response of soundwaves, lightbeams and invisible communications between Maricich and Dyne. The shows on the upcoming tour are an open laboratory for experimentation using the elements that each artist has been honing over the years. The artistic styles and strengths of each member of The Blow reflects the different ways in which each one dreams at night. Dyne works with the physics of sound and light: in sleep she dreams of being a beam of light bouncing off of a ferrari. She has worked predominantly as an installation and sound artist, and from her post in the back she manipulates electronic instruments, shooting waves of frequency and light like a wizard hidden by the fireworks. Maricich dreams are filled with imaginary words and odd scenarios: during performances she plays with melody and narrative and gesture, bouncing herself off of whatever materials are thrown in her direction by Melissa, by an audience, from the ether. Together they produced a new album, titled The Blow, released on October 1, 2013. The album exists as a physical manifestation of the odyssey of experimentation on which The Blow has embarked, a mass of cells ready to divide and explode into new forms, to mutate with the local populations, to see what else could happen.
Austin, Texas three-piece Love Inks are set to surprise and seduce music fans and critics across the board this Spring, with the release of their debut album E.S.P. due May 10, 2011. Conceived and recorded with strict, direct motives, the sounds captured within the album's 10 tracks are simply an electric guitar, a bass guitar, an old drum machine, at special moments a Moog Satellite and, most importantly, the simple yet poignant vocals of Sherry LeBlanc.
The combined sound is minimalist dream-pop; imbued with raw emotion, sexuality, and splashes of electronic color. Focus is placed primarily on the voice, which is direct and honest and real - no frills, tears through extravagant side roads, or indulgent solos necessary.
Sherry however, is a firm believer in positivity. Her lyrics are never abusive or cynical:
"We are a family, and in some ways stronger because we are always supportive. The album reflects a time and place for everyone in the band. A time to pare down to what is necessary, essential. Cut out complexity, and you'll find a deeper layer that is thicker and stronger. Like the human body, you'll eventually end up at a nerve; once it's hit, that's when we know we're there, and that's when we press the record button."
Self-recorded in their own home of Austin, Texas and mixed by a friend, the idea was to get the purest signals from all instruments and feed them through an 8-track reel-to-reel, immediately warming the sounds and weaving them all together. This process was drawn out on a piece of paper in schematics before recording with the concept being: The less digitized, the better. In March of 2010, Love Inks started the process with fifteen or more songs, and by June they were down to a solid ten.
The songs featured on E.S.P. were written to showcase the essence of emotion behind each instrument. It started as an exercise and became the only way to do it, forever. With the guitar and bass, Love Inks found there is a way to drop it perfectly into the song, in between everything, so that the vocals can exist in their own world, floating independently above the song.