Johnny Brenda's Presents
Metroplex, Downtown Club, Ape!
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Together since 2005, Cloud Minder is a Philadelphia-based instrumental rock band that creates through adversity rather than destroys. Cloud Minder refuses to be limited in sound just as they will not be limited by the frailties of the human condition; employing keyboards, electric cello, electronic loops, extended technique and video projection to create a universe out of a niche. After touring nationally and sharing the stage with established bands such as Earth, This Will Destroy You, and Film School Cloud Minder forged a hauntingly visceral live performance. Five albums were hand-crafted with an obsessive focus, layers of music and visual media deliberately refined over hundreds of hours.
Straddling a line between the post-hardcore sounds of bands like Fugazi, and Hot Water Music and power-pop-rock like The Thermals and The Postal Service, Metroplex has been a veteran on the Philly music scene for the better part of the last decade. Decade Diary is their long overdue second full-length and shows the band's talent for writing songs that capture the energy of their live show highlighted by intelligent lyrics, outstanding guitar work, and interesting and intricate song structures. Recorded with Vince Ratti at Skylight Studios, Decade Diary may have taken forever to see the light of day, but the wait was well worth it.
The Downtown Club is an "ethereal, post-punk Trio", set to release there debut Full-length LP in 2014. Recorded over the past year with Jeff Zeigler (Kurt Vile) The band leaned heavily on 70's-era Italian synths and delayed, sometimes noisy guitars. The music forms a "....dark wave/goth feel". Multi-instrumentalist lead singer April Harkanson sings haunting, operatic style vocals behind a driving rhythm section. The band recently opened up for Yacht and Trust on select dates. The music recalls Siouxsie Sioux, Pylon, and early Killing Joke.
The next New Band To Burn One To is from the Philadelphia/Delaware area. Their name is Ape!. Their style is a punk'd up garage rock. Think Nirvana, meets the Stooges. Their influences are Karp, Nirvana, The Stooges, The Melvins, Neurosis, The Wipers, The Jesus Lizard, Mclusky, Black Sabbath and Kyuss.