The Elwins, Satellite Hearts
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
This event is 21 and over
"The Districts are an impressive young four-piece from Lititz, in Lancaster County. The band channeled the rock-and-soul vibe of Cold War Kids and Spoon; singer Rob Grote's searing voice cut across the concert hall, blending with the band's smartly-arranged instrumental interplay. They do the very Pixies loud-quiet-LOUD thing, but in a more textured way than simply turning their overdrive pedals on and off. A thundering swell cuts, leaving a clean guitar arpeggio floating in space as Grote catches his breath; the verses build in waves, with the heaviness sometimes derived just from Braden Lawrence's drums. Grote is an intense, emphatic, occasionally bewildering stage presence – he kicks, stomps and snarls, both at the mic and far away – but guitarist Mark Larson and bassist Connor Jacobus hold their own, shuffling and bobbing and giving the overall band a dynamic stage presence. Check out "Four and Four" from their album Telephone."
"…And sometimes, it's just as exciting to sitback and let the music speak for itself. In the case of Lancaster County rock n' soul four-piece The Districts, it's definitely one of those latter cases. The band recorded five songs in our studio last weekend – three from its impressive 2012 debut Telephone, one from the more recent While You Were in Honesdale EP ("Dressed to Kill") , and one new track – the impressionistic, evocative swell of "Went To the City." That one's often their set-closer, the one they bring down the house with when they play live, and it had the same chilling effect in the studio, and later still in my headphones as I was editing the music to present to you today. Listen below, draw your own conclusions, and most importantly, see this band live."
-written by John Vettese, of The Key, read more here.
Ontario-based indie pop outfit The Elwins have garnered an impressive pile of attention and praise considering their relative youth. From performing alongside acts like Tokyo Police Club, Arkells, Born Ruffians, Brendan Canning and Walk Off The Earth or at festivals including SXSW, CMW, POP Montreal, and the Halifax Pop Explosion to being heralded an "act to watch" by tastemakers like Exclaim!, CBC Radio 3, and Torontoist.com, The Elwins have rapidly risen the rungs of
the Canadian independent music scene – and all without a full-length offering to their name; however, that's set to change with the release of their highly-anticipated long- player And I Thank You.
Combining both the raw, unpolished, and unapologetic sound of today, with the soul of true classic rock; Satellite Hearts is the distinctive sound of Justin Pellecchia (guitar, vocals, and harmonica), Lucas Rinz (bass, vocals) and Keaton Thandi (drums, percussion, and vocals). They provide an eclectic amount of influences with unwavering honesty.
“Trying to pinpoint Satellite Hearts’ sound is like running a marathon without any training - it’s simply foolish. You can say the Philly three-piece exudes the heart and soul of classic rock, but that doesn’t give props to the strands of clap-along sing-song acousto-punk strewn throughout. You can say that they’re pure rock ‘n’ roll, but that doesn’t do justice to the rough-hewn climb of ’80s indie underground raggedly sewn into their sonic fabric.” -Annamarya Scaccia of NYC’s Deli Magazine
“Between the percussive clashing and lead singer Justin Pellecchia’s sixties psych-rock vocals, Satellite Hearts are what I imagine a Lou Reed-fronted Steppenwolf would sound like.” -Julie Miller of XPN’s The Key
“[They sound like] The Clash infused with unpolished 80’s brat punk that trekked through the 60’s while flirting with bell-bottomed psychedelics and heavy rock n’ roll jives.” -Jerk Magazine