Comfy, Sun Hat
1250 N Front Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19122
Doors 7:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
John Dominy was born in 1991, in Wehonah, NJ. His H.S. years were spent playing in different local bands, but finished with him recording his first solo E.P. While it was never released, it was prized by those who were able to get a copy. While at Rutgers University, John Dominy's music continued as he played at local venues and college events, but took a back seat to his (ahem) studies. After graduating, John was contacted by James Whitescarver, the mixing engineer from his first E.P. Having recently started a new label, BlixYZ Records, Whitescarver offered John a record deal- starting with releasing the re-mastered E.P. they worked on 5 years earlier. Dominy and Whitescarver combined the original acoustic E.P. with a small collection of rock songs they had also worked on together in 2009. In August of 2015, "Old Flame" was released by BlixYZ Records. By August, however, John Dominy's second release, "Atlantic Coast" was almost complete. This second release features collaborations with other BlixYZ artists, and is slated to be released in February of 2016. This winter, John is playing small venues as he prepares for a small tour that will take him from NY, to Nashville, and back again. This tour to promote his upcoming 2nd release kicks off in March 2016.
Comfy is a high-energy garage-pop band formed and fronted by Utica, NY native and Philadelphia resident Connor Benincasa. Influenced simultaneously by 60's pop, 70's punk, 80's new wave, and 90's alternative, Comfy's sound is as spastic as it is eclectic. Comfy has been a proud member of the Miscreant Records family since 2014, and their debut album, "Pillowhugger," was featured on Rolling Stone's list of the top 10 cassette releases of 2014. Their sound has been likened to that of Violent Femmes, They Might Be Giants, Pavement, and The Kinks, and was described by Rob Sheffield as "Awesomely jittery feelings-core." Live sets are loud. Hearing protection and dancing are recommended.
Philly dream-grungers, Sun Hat, was started by Boston and New York scene vets Daniel Harris Levine (AKHBAR, 3dCosby), Anthony Aquilino (MiniBoone, Gunfight, Quiet Loudly), and Abram Taber (A Bit Much, School for Robots, Sinbusters) as a bedroom recording project. Levine, Aquilino and Taber would swap demos and gather weekly at Levine’s house to play each other’s songs to a drum machine. Aquilino’s upstairs neighbor Evan Dormont (Sic Bacchus) joined on drums in January 2014, and played drums on most of Pet Shapes. Since then Sun Hat has played basements and stages around Philly including Johnny Brenda’s, Boot and Saddle, and the First Unitarian Church. They have shared bills with Mirah, Laser Background, Mock Suns, The Morelings, Woven In, Callowhill, and more. Pet Shapes was recorded in borrowed practice spaces and rooms in members’ houses on a portable recording setup, with Levine engineering and mixing the sessions. Drew St. Aubin (Miniboone, Lazyeyes) played additional drums, as well. Likewise, Pet Shapes sounds like a patchwork of dusty psychedelia and teenage alterna-gunk bound by the cotton-mouthed languor and sleepy drag of an overlong summer. Album opener “H8 Myself and I Want a Dog” borrows its opening drum fill and crunchy, anxious plod from Slanted and Enchanted-era Pavement, while “Fauxdega” melds a twinkling Beach House dreamscape with Helium’s rough-hewn buzz and delivers its hook in pristine, echoing harmony. “Any Better” is a surfy romp that showcases Taber’s fuzzed out bass and bratty beach boy snarl. “Chemicals” channels the prickling urgency of early Deerhunter and post-Pedro the Lion, David Bazan. Sun Hat are currently working on their second LP with newfound member, Greg Foran (Lightninging, Static Mountain) handling drum duties, and will be playing East Coast shows in support of Pet Shapes in the coming months.