The Gantry, Jesse Sparhawk
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
OLDERMOST, at its core, is human and beautiful. The Philadelphia rock five-piece just completed recording their debut full-length album I Live Here Now with Jonathan Low from Miner Street Recordings (Daniel Rossen, Sharon Van Etten, Twin Sister, The War on Drugs, The National) in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia. In April of 2013, the band self-released a digital 7-inch introducing the myriad ways their sound has grown since 2010's Oldermost EP (mixed by Bill Moriarty). "Close to the Fire" is a powerful, driving song that builds and charges over a unique bed of texture, rock n roll affinity and lyrics that bridge the gap between mystical and real-talk honesty. "Once I Left" hints at the chamber-pop elements of the full-length debut. It profiles the band's love for classic songwriting, era-blending American rock and layers of strings and vocals. Like the album, it is warm and inviting but complex and exciting. Oldermost's music comes from a broad, well understood, musical vocabulary. The art of I Live Here Now lies in the carefully considered tonal "words" by which Oldermost has constructed their sentences in a genuine and eloquent way. Clear harmonies and melodic lines work in tandem with the powerfully curious lyrical subject matter.
Without being too overtly experimental in sonic nature, the band seems to stand confidently on the edges of the current musical zeitgeist. At its best, OLDERMOST sincerely connects with the new lost generation, a group whose age perimeters are widening and social statuses are blurring compared to previous generations. Although not depending on story or setting the songs still act as an emotional coming of age story where the music creates a warm place for soulful investigation. There is a painful mix of helplessness and hopelessness conveyed in I Live Here Now, but its less tragic and more akin to a late evening filled with fuzzy over-disclosure and ever-changing catharses encircling a table slowly becoming crowded with empty bottles. There's a healthy blend of itinerant wonderment and discontentment that seems vulnerable to every vibrating rhythm in each moment, image or idea, both ordinary and extraordinary, tragic and ebullient. The sincerity and candidness in the songs seems to have been created for others. The songs, characterized by sweet, bellowing vocals swimming over a sea of string and vocal harmonies, can be both feral and gentle at any moment, but they are always wholehearted.
WXPN's blog The Key wrote about their first EP, saying, "Oldermost produces beautifully-crafted melodies drizzled with soft-spoken vocals, delicate piano strokes and rhythmic drumming."
I Live Here Now was tracked in Oldermost's home studio and Miner Street Studios in Philadelphia. The new album introduces two new members to the band: Geoff Bucknum, formerly of Free Energy and David Richard.
We hope you find something to hang onto in our songs and we appreciate you lending us your ears.
I Live Here Now will be released at an unknown date in the future. Please contact us for any inquiries. For fans of: My Morning Jacket, Fleet Foxes, Wilco and 1970's singer/songwriters.
OLDERMOST is Dan Wolgemuth, David Richards, Stephen Robbins, Geoff Bucknum and Bradford Bucknum.
Started at a bar in Queens, NY by a bar tender and one of his regulars, The Gantry is a 4-piece Indie-Rock band with 3-part harmonies and crowd-rallying anthems. Inspired by the classics, The Gantry’s songs are written and arranged to tell stories . Their shows are high energy, infectious, and have been known to cause joyous dancing.
The Gantry was started in the fall of 2011 after the completion of front man Kevin Goldhahn’s self titled solo EP. Guitarist Jeff Kay and bassist Tim Cornish joined Kevin on the album and decided to continue onward and started gigging regularly around NYC playing countless acoustic shows with heavy vocal 3-part harmonies.
The band quickly evolved from an acoustic/vocal harmony act to a full 4-piece rock band with the addition of Justin Storer on drums. After writing some songs and playing some shows, the band decided to start recording an album in March of 2012 with their friend and producer Brandon Wilde.
While recording and gigging in the summer of 2012, Justin Storer departed for Virginia and the band brought on board their current full time drummer, Adam Knobloch (aka Knobby). The band went on tour to Nashville, TN and released their debut album, Years And Years, in November 2012. The album has caused a big buzz in the NYC music scene and has received high reviews from music industry professionals.
Since the release of their debut album, Years And Years, The Gantry has written more songs, played bigger and better gigs, gotten a licensing deal, and gone on tour in New England. The band plans to start recording a new album at the end of the summer of 2013 and will be hitting the road again before then.
Please listen and share The Gantry’s music and look forward to more to come!
Jesse Sparhawk is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and improviser whose instruments include harp, guitar, and electric bass. He studied harp with principal harpist of the New York Philharmonic, Myor Rosen and Eastman School of Music’s Kathleen Bride between the ages of 10 and 17 and performed at New York City’s Carnegie Hall at the age of 15. He has over 40 independent recording credits to his name performing various instruments. He has toured the US and Europe as a solo artist and with several singer-songwriters and bands including Fern Knight, The Valerie Project, Timesbold, Marissa Nadler, and Greg Weeks (of the Philadelphia-based band Espers). Sparhawk has performed at other notable venues including The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, The Castro Theatre in San Francisco, and The Royal Festival Hall in London. He can also be heard performing on the original soundtracks for the independent feature films "Tarnation" (2003), "The King" (2005), and "Home Front" (2006). In 2009, New York-based singer-songwriter Larkin Grimm invited Sparhawk to play harp on her recently released album "Soul Retrieval" in an ensemble including Tony Visconti (producer / arranger of T. Rex / David Bowie). In late 2010 Jawbone Press released the book Seasons They Change by Jeanette Leech which featured sections about Fern Knight, The Valerie Project, and other artists with whom he has collaborated.
Sparhawk's instrumental guitar compositions, titled "Light Cycle / Tetrahedra," was released in 2006 on Tompkins Square Records Imaginational Anthem Volume II compilation. 2011 saw the release of 'or Kestrel', his debut solo instrumental guitar LP and 'Raptor Attention,' a four song EP.
Sparhawk toured Europe with Philadelphia-based guitarist Eric Carbonara to support the release of 'or Kestrel' and the Spring 2011 vhf records release of their duo album, 'Sixty Strings', just before embarking on the BalletX / Wilma Theater performance of Proliferation of the Imagination, an inter-disciplinary production combining ballet, dialogue and live music, as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts in April 2011. He performed both with Eric Carbonara and the Duane Pitre Sextet at the Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, NC in September 2011. In January 2012 Sparhawk performed with This Ambitious Orchestra and Lady Circus at the grand opening of the Beauty Ballroom in Austin, TX, where the orchestra accompanied Daniel Johnston. Sparhawk played harp on Duane Pitre's Important Records release "Feel Free," which made Wire Magazine's Top 50 releases of 2012. Jesse just finished a collaborative EP with Barcelona singer-songwriter Alberto Montero, and spent 2012 making guest appearances on several artists upcoming releases and will be recording the follow up to "Sixty Strings" with Eric Carbonara in March 2013.
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