Black Stars, Flagship, The Sixties (PA)
2639 Poplar St
Philadelphia, PA, 19130
This event is all ages
We here at Static Jacks believe every new album should feel like a fresh start; A time for painting the
walls a different color, or maybe just knocking holes in them… Maybe seeing if there's anything cool
stashed away in there, like stacks of money or whatever. "It's all about the benjamins" - Puff Daddy
(1997). With that in mind, we would like to introduce to you our sophomore long player, In Blue.
In the midst of extensive touring in support of our first album (If You're Young, 2011) and followup EP
(Spray Tan, 2012), we began to feel a transformation taking place. Without necessarily doing it
consciously, we seemed to stop putting on quite so many Buzzcocks and Replacements songs in the van,
and started putting on the likes of Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer, and Christian Death. Unfortunately they
sounded like shit because the van speakers are garbage (we also started listening to more Garbage), and
at 65 mph the very frame of the vehicle produces a constant tone that the tuning apps on our phones
approximate to be a high C#.
Upon returning from tour and beginning to write more material, the harshly fuzzed and often-creepy
soundscapes created by these bands, further distorted by our sub-standard listening environment,
began to creep into our consciousness. One of the early products of this was lead-off single
"Wallflowers". The energy of the first album and the tones of the second are wedded perfectly, forever
and ever, never to be divorced, unlike the parents of ~ 50% of people reading this. And the man
responsible for officiating that wedding is none other than Andrew Maury.
Having collaborated on various projects over the years, we decided Andrew Maury was, without a
doubt, the man for the job. He just seemed to "get it". We'd be all, "but do you, like, get it?", and he'd
be all "yeah you guys, I get it." So as you can see, it was a no-brainer. His years of experience as both a
producer and touring front of house mixer (Ra Ra Riot, Givers, RAC, Princeton, Mathieu Santos, Chairlift,
Surfer Blood) have developed the skills and imagination required to bring our musical dreams to life, and
manipulate them like so many little puppets.
And so we dug in. Making the short daily commute to Retromedia Studios in Red Bank NJ, we explored
new territory with the wide-eyed wonder and curiosity of children. Tracking songs, deleting them and
starting over, lifting from homemade demos, experimenting with the plethora of strange instruments at
our disposal (pi-a-no?), were all crucial stepping stones along the path to completion.
In the end, we decided that we just want to watch the audience slowly headbang and lose their hearing.
We believe In Blue offers us just that opportunity. It's a record about not reaching one's potential. It's a
record about doubting whether there even was any potential in the first place. It's a record about buying
another fuzz pedal and starting over.
Black Stars is a band lead by singer/songwriter Nik Greeley and was formed in the late summer of 2010 with friend and fellow collaborator Josh Freshy. Early song ideas were developed from jams in Greeley's living room, but they were still on the hunt for other musicians to join in. That's when they reached out to fellow friend and drummer Mati Shernoff, who also plays in the well known local band Suburban Sensi. Luckily, Mat agreed, and the group began writing together as a trio.
Currently, Black Stars' debut 4 track EP is FREE to anyone who asks for a copy. Recently, they have also added another good friend Dennis Duran on lead guitar. Dennis is an excellent player and is a key addition to the lineup. Plan on many Black Stars shows starting this Spring, and continuing on through the Summer, and into the future.
When the brotherhood of Flagship gathers together to innovate more of their intricate, ethereal diacoustics, it’s a virtually effortless endeavor. Their sound is visionary and vivid, much like the minds and hearts behind the instruments. The band is made up of Drake Margolnick (vocals, guitar) Matthew Padgett (guitar, bgv) Michael Finster (drums, programming) Grant Harding (keys) and Chris Comfort (bass).
Margolnick's lofty melodies and contemplative lyrics are now carried to listeners by a band largely characterized by rapturous orchestral sounds. Padgett and Harding work closely together in creating underlying soundscapes -- cerebral and slow moving until met with the aggressive and often tribal rhythm section of drummer Michael Finster and bassist Chris Comfort.
Flagship is set to release their first full length album on Bright Antenna this Fall. This new material is truly a maturation, and the musical step forward pays off beautifully, finding the band comfortably traversing varying territories ranging from the alternative tendencies of Grizzly Bear to the beautifully atmospheric swells of Sigur Ros and Arcade Fire, and even to the frenzied passion of fellow southerners Colour Revolt.
The Sixties (PA)
The Sixties' style of pretentious-free, post-punk/alternative was debuted in September, 2012 with the release of a 3 song EP recorded by Vince Ratti of Skylight Studios (Circa Survive, Balance and Composure, The Wonder Years). The band calls on The Whigs, Queens Of The Stone Age, Bloc Party, Minus The Bear, Arctic Monkeys, We Are Scientists and Manchester Orchestra, among many others, as influences
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