Johnny Brenda's Presents
Watery Love, Amanda X, Taiwan Housing Project
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Counter Intuits is a project by Ron House (PSandwich, Great Plains, Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments) and Jared Phillips (Times New Viking).
Based in Ohio the duo utilizes House’s distinct vocal musings, ramshackle beats and crooked guitars to create songs that bring new blood to wrong-footed alternative music.
With a phrases like ‘DIY’ and ‘Lo-Fi’ that get thrown around often these days , it’s bands like Counter Intuits that give real credence to the terms. Converting basements, houses and living rooms into experimental music laboratories, House and Phillips deliver all the panache of 70’s period The Fall with traces of indie and scrambled Lo-Fi.
“On one of my Yards Brawler runs down to the city of brotherly love, I caught a live set by the unit and drunkenly declared them the ultimate party band for the true blue anti-social misfit. Their latest 7” on the Siltbreeze label (Die With Dignity b/w Leave Me Alone) brings the roar they produce from the tiny stage right down onto the shiny vinyl. It shows the band not only hitting their stride in bad vibes but showcases their unique understanding of the monotonous riffage that links Breakdown, The Brainbombs, Raven, and Sweet Sister Ray.” -Rettsounds/Vice
Born out of the Kensington neighborhood of North Philadelphia, where you can't throw a rock without hitting a great band, Amanda X is the three-piece antidote to bumming on grey days and the Sunday night blues. The Philadelphian women—Cat Park on guitar, Tiff Yoon on drums, and Kat Bean on bass—make music to remind you that colorful riffs and lilting oo's are meant to complement post-punk shredding and astute songwriting. Their debut full-length, Amnesia, is sure to rattle you out of your wintertime slumber like a cannonball straight into the pool.
Amanda X self-released their bedroom-cozy EP, Ruin the Moment, in 2012 to great acclaim, taking the sunny-serious vibes with them to venues all over Philadelphia, as well as on a number of tours up and down the East Coast and Canada. Their penchant for playful stage banter, garagey guitar earworms, and dual harmonies that hit just as hard live, made them a perfect opener for the likes of Parquet Courts, Marnie Stern, Dum Dum Girls, FIDLAR, and more.
After catching wind of their dedicated show schedule and powerful new songs, Philadelphia's own Siltbreeze picked up their first album. The release of the upcoming debut sees the trio taking a new approach in their songwriting—stronger, faster, harder-hitting, but not without the lovely melodies and honey-tinged sing-alongs they've built their sound on. Amanda X's lyrics are about everything from travel to friendships to fear, and they succeed in their revealing, spot-on honesty.
Imagine if Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks took a few lessons from The Raincoats, or if the K Records lineup of yesteryear had a little more distortion in their repertoire. Amanda X manages to deliver smarts and sweets in poppy songs so tightly packed that they come with a punch so strong they are really, really hard to forget.
Taiwan Housing Project
Taiwan Housing Project is a Philadelphia based group featuring Kilynn Lundsford, of Little Claw, Mark Feehan, of Harry Pussy, Kevin Nickels of Writhing Squares, Kevin Boyer of Tyvek, along with Adam Neung and Pat Ganley who also play with Dan Mechior on occasion. The band was started by Kilynn and Mark back in 2013 and it just keeps getting bigger - along with the decibel levels. Last fall saw the release of their debut 7" record and they are currently finishing up their full length record album to be released early next year.