Johnny Brenda's Presents
Celestial Shore, Zula, Banned Books
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Laser Background hails from Philadelphia but sounds more like a lo-fi mermaid's psychotropic daydream. The brainchild of Andy Molholt, Laser Background has spent the past 3 years opening for national touring acts like Mac Demarco & Here We Go Magic, touring the US, and releasing strange & fantastic videos, like the three song montage for 2015's Kelly Wisdom. On his new LP Correct, Molholt further unravels the sonic envelope, hinting at influence from the likes of Syd Barrett & Koji Kondo while simultaneously looking forward towards the murky horizon of human existence. Laser Background is touring the US extensively in support of Correct in May & June of 2016.
The whispers about Celestial Shore's debut full-length, 10x, began with the release of the balmy I'm-so-done-with-you song "Valerie" on Stereogum earlier this year. Sound traveled: the Brooklyn trio joined Hometapes and 10x will be released September 3rd in partnership with Local Singles (the new label begun by Brad Oberhofer). In nine songs, Celestial Shore deconstructs city life, the history of pop music, and their own jazz educations into something both heartbreakingly raw and mystically timeless. In between the lines, the band exalts the vibrant scene they call home: the album was mixed by Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, includes Empress Of's Lorely Rodriguez on vocals, and features cover art by Prince Rama.
“Twin Loss” is a tense yet tempered psych pop song by Brooklyn’s Zula, a band fronted by cousins Henry and Nate Terepka. It deals with a rather dark and emotionally draining theme: twin loss, the feeling of incompleteness and grief someone experiences when their twin dies at birth. The song’s narrator is “longing to transcend life and merge with one’s true counterpart,” the band says. “Twin Loss” will appear on Zula’s first full-length album, out in October via Inflated Records. In the mean time, the band have released three-track Twin Loss EP, which you can stream in its entirety below. - Stereogum
Zula is currently working on a debut LP, set to be released this summer.
Ever-evolving Philadelphia avant-rock trio, Banned Books has been consistently chipping away at the wall dividing punk rock, noise and experimental music since 2008. Their songs are a winding road leaving listeners unsure what to expect around every twist and turn; a city skyline in the distance, a deer in the headlights, a pothole, a brick wall. Guitar, bass and drums provide a familiar sonic palette with which Matt Dermond, April Heliotis, and Zane Kanevsky repeatedly defy expectations and even raise them to new heights. The band recently recorded a new record which will be released early 2016.