Johnny Brenda's Presents
The End of America
American Trappist, Former Belle
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
The End of America
The End of America is a band of friends, singers and travelers who blend three-part harmony with rock and Americana. Based in Philadelphia, their sound resonates with fans of Ryan Adams, CSNY and Dawes.
All frontmen of previous bands, Brendon Thomas, James Downes and Trevor Leonard met on tour in 2005. A few years later they went on to form a trio that highlights their vocal chemistry and songwriting. TEOA recently wrapped the recording of their debut LP, a follow-up to their previous EPs, Shakey and Steep Bay. Joining forces with longtime friend and engineer Dave Downham in the producer’s chair, the band tracked 11 new songs at nearby Gradwell House Recordings in Haddon Heights, NJ. The self-titled album is due out September 2, 2016.
The End of America has performed at SXSW, Philly Folk Fest, Savannah Stopover and the Baltimore Folk Fest. They have shared the stages with Larry Campbell, David Bromberg, Gary Louris (The Jayhawks), Simone Felice (The Felice Brothers) and joined Beck in Los Angeles to perform at his Song Reader album release show. The trio's appearance at the show aired live on KCRW and received praise from Spin, Filter and The Hollywood Reporter.
American Trappist is the second catalogue of work from Philadelphia-based songwriter & producer Joe Michelini. After a decade of touring with New Jersey folk-rock outfit River City Extension, Michelini set out to to gain a more universal perspective before touching pen to paper again. His move to Philadelphia would spur an existential awakening, one that would inform his first self-titled collection of songs as American Trappist. Leaving religion behind in exchange for a more cosmically adjusted view of the world is just one of the many themes explored on his sprawling, eclectic full-length debut. Recorded in bedrooms, basements and apartments across the Philadelphia region, American Trappist by American Trappist would soon become a business card Michelini passed around at local shows, asking bands to let him engineer or produce their work and encouraging them to reference tones, ideas, or recording techniques employed in the making of his self-titled LP. Michelin’s clients would come to include Philadelphia indie-rock bands The Vernes & Cave People, as well as experimental songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jane Carver.
Spending more time behind the desk not only afforded Michelini the opportunity to work in new mediums and genres, but was also representative of an internal shift in priorities for the seasoned live performer. In his words, “American Trappist doesn’t need to be the biggest band in the world, I’m just here to make my contribution to the [Philadelphia] music scene and help others do the same.” In other words, the American Trappist recordings aren’t intended to take the place of anyone or anything, instead they exist to help inspire the local scene, and function as a humble cog in the delicate machine that is the new music industry.
With a lifelong background in classical music and a healthy skepticism for modern rock, Michelini would pursue his mission to serve the local Philadelphia community as an audio engineer and producer, as well as continuing to write and record his own noisy, dynamic brand of classic-rock inspired material. Taking tips from no-compromise songwriters like Cass McCombs and Neko Case, to producers Todd Rundgren and Blake Mills, Michelini crafts a unique and refreshingly sincere take on everything from 21st century anxiety to humility in the face of change and uncertainty.
Michelini currently lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with his wife, where they own and operate Berlin Studios, a recording and animation studio. More information about Berlin Studios can be found a astudioinberlin.com.
Since its start in the winter of 2010, Former Belle has taken on many different outfits, all led by frontman, Bruno Catrambone. The project self-released a full band EP entitled, Sounds From The Ground. The release helped the band mark themselves as a newcomer in the Philadelphia music scene. Former Belle backed their first release with multiple regional tours as well as a five-week European tour. This helped to shape the project into its new-found home of both full band and solo performances. After a year-long break while Catrambone pursued his other project, CRUISR, Bruno’s downtime between tours, as well as writing on the road, led him to collect new songs mixed with revisited old material to form a new EP, Foreign Bed, out now on Randm Records.
$10.00 - $12.00
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