Johnny Brenda's Presents
On The Water, The Circadian Rhythms
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Saintseneca’s powerful new album Such Things is the band’s most cohesive, catchy and accessible output, and a work that solidifies the group’s singer and songwriter Zac Little’s status as one of modern indie music’s most thoughtful and talented artists. The record arrives October 9th via Anti-.
The first single, “Sleeper Hold” is a pulsating and infectious rock song that utilizes elements of punk, folk and straight up rock and roll, all centered around a soaring and beautifully anthemic chorus.
Such Things is the anticipated follow up to Saintseneca’s acclaimed album Dark Arc, which Stereogum celebrated writing, “Dark Arc shines in all the ways Saintseneca always has — gorgeous harmonies, rampant strumming, glimpses of both humanity’s fragility and power — but it also finds the band branching out into fuller arrangements and wilder instrumentation. (Wilder, even, than the plastic trash can they used to beat on.) It’s what an underground folk band stepping into the spotlight should sound like.”
Moving away from the cinematic, linear quality of Dark Arc, Little sought even higher ground for the new songs, and to incorporate the synapses and charges of his fellow members. “I was pushing myself with Such Things to try to explore the pop motif further, to try to use and bend that formula of having a groove, a beat, locking in and using that as scaffolding to build a song,” he says. “And even though it oftentimes might seem like this singular vision, at the core my creative strategy for the band is one that inherently involves other people. I think the best work I’ll make involves working that way.”
Those disparate pieces and parts have come together, like so many molecules, to form a solid rock object called Such Things. You can hold it in your hands and hear it in your head, this culmination of tiny, beautiful moments and fluctuations of energy and information, compressed and etched into an LP sleeve and eternity and all tied up in a rock and roll record.
“It’s definitely a new way of songs manifesting, and it feels like a step forward,” Little says. “I’m gonna push myself and try this thing I’ve wanted to try. I think it’s the best thing we’ve done so far, but then again I won’t write a song that I don’t think isn’t the best thing I’ve done. When I finish it I have to feel like it’s the best thing I’ve made. And if I don’t feel that way, it’s like, why bother?”
On The Water
Conceived in 2008 as an outlet for experimental songwriting. On the Water has thrived as a member of the DIY arts community, evolving through several permutations with VanVliet remaining at the group’s center as songwriter and lead vocalist. Superposition continues the thread of their previous works by drawing on the ramshackle approach and lyrical candor of the American folk tradition; yet it also signals a marked evolution in style and substance. While still rooted in the familiar, the album reaches increasingly toward the avant-garde by fusing an off-kilter chamber folk with heavy progressive arrangements. Inspired by quantum theory and alchemical transformation, this collection of songs is a meditation on modern life, the impermanence of beauty, and the struggle for meaning in what can seem an unflinchingly brutal world. On the Water will be on tour throughout the fall and into early 2018.
The Circadian Rhythms
Picture a time when people were nice to you, and everybody said hello. Put on the AM radio and you might hear the Circadian Rhythms singing songs in black & white, reminding you that you really do like to dance every now and then. Old guitars are strumming to pianos that are striding, while a xylophone tiptoes around horns that float away. These songs keep you in that place, a while before you were born, and inspire a nostalgic feeling. And when you wake up your head’s still in a cloud and you remember, that you are only you when you are dreaming…