Johnny Brenda's Presents
The Vernes, Grayling
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Formed in 2014 by Mariel Beaumont, Church Girls is on a quest to tap into listeners’ emotional marrow by lyrically confessing a resistance to growing up, espousing a tendency towards self-destruction, showing the pains of communication, and celebrating the ways we work to become better humans a little at a time.
The 2016 EP Thousand Lives received local praise for its “introspective lyrics that complement pop melodies beautifully” (WXPN) and “smooth sincerity that navigates through moments of folk into straight out rockers” (The Deli).
Robert Dwyer (guitar), Will Schwartz (bass) and Zakary Iannitelli (drums) with Beaumont at the helm, release their debut LP Hidalgo -- a true collaboration. Producer Erik Wofford (The Black Angels, Bill Callahan, Explosions in the Sky) brings a haunting, dreamy element to the Church Girls’ LP, with songs bound together by brooding lyrics, strong harmonies, and tight rhythms.
Philadelphia indie rockers The Vernes began as a basement recording project for singer Mat Gragg. Joined by old friends from California, the five piece band is “part of the welcomed migration of talented, young artists continuing to flow into our City of Brotherly Love.” Gragg’s unique vocal style and introspective lyrics with just the right touches of fuzz pedals and trumpets, synths and drum machines provide a contrast between their chilled-out recordings and dynamic live performances. Their debut album, a collection of EPs and singles released throughout their first year, came out in March 2017.
There’s something very special about music created by a single artist. No bandmates, no safety nets, just the talent and vision of one individual, that rare artist that can create a dynamic release all on their own. Philadelphia, PA’s Grayling, the musical moniker of Lexi Campion, is that rare artist, and her debut EP, Everything That Burns, is that rare release.
Everything That Burns is five finely-tuned tracks: crafted and performed by one immensely talented 20 year old. From gently strummed indie to massive alternative swells, Grayling’s debut displays a wide span of dynamics and textures all held together by Campion’s striking vocals. The soaring crescendos and brooding lows of her voice are a clear highlight on Everything That Burns, but they’re far from her only skillful performance as Campion played every instrument, from drums to guitar, on the album.
Grayling’s debut is not a peek into a young artist finding their footing, it’s a fully formed body of work from a young woman who, at only 20 years old, has already devoted much of her life to songwriting, and the result is a release that’s sure to impress.
$10.00 - $12.00
All shows are 21+ Proper I.D. required for admission