Johnny Brenda's Presents
Cold Fronts, Lucy Stone
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
At the core of all long human relationships there are dark corners. Throughout his career, Dominic Angelella has uncovered such painful discoveries with masterful and subtle execution. More importantly, he does this with an expertly alternative hand at pop songwriting, cherry picking from a vast array of influences not limited to visionaries such as Prince, Harry Nilsson, and Andre 3000.
A longtime resident of Philadelphia, Angelella hails from an invaluable background of attending and playing punk shows in the basements and DIY spaces of the east coast since around middle school-age. Over the years he's been a member of projects such as Hop Along, Cold Fronts, MewithoutYou, and is currently the co-songwriter of the band Lithuania. He's also contributed his skills as a session musician to records from Kendrick Lamar, Tinashe, Juicy J, Mac Miller, and Lil B. In the meantime his solo endeavors have taken on several forms and titles, until a decision was made that it was time to perform under his now seasoned given name.
Angelella released 'Goodnight, Doggies.,' his debut under the new name, on Lame-O Records in 2017. Now, Dominic follows with a new EP Road Movie, coming out May 4th of 2018. The EP works as a series of vignettes written on the road, a look into the mind of a seasoned touring musician.
Perhaps it is from that original DIY sense of necessity that makes the production and arrangement of Dominic Angelella's music so shrewdly economic. Only that which needs to be heard is there. Emotions are therefore allowed to be the unabashed lead character of these songs. While they are indeed often sad, they are colorful and fascinating. There is a permeating sense of complicated loss and mundane struggle, which is what makes it a very honest record. Singular notes of a piano play with a sweetness that cannot help but stick with you, overtop a humble and steady beat, with vocals that may remind one of the friendly rasp of Jeff Tweedy. The choice of instrumentation follows the instinct of the narrative, and those instincts confidently lead the album through melodic projections of disappointing familial and disastrous romantic experiences.
“WE HAD TO BECOME A NEW BAND,” SAYS JOE KILLIAN, DRUMMER OF PHILADELPHIA FOURSOME COLD FRONTS. THE PROCESS BY WHICH THE GARAGE ROCK OUTFIT EVOLVED SINCE THEIR 2015 ALBUM FOREVER WHATEVER WAS AN ACTIVE MEDITATION IN COLLABORATION, KINSHIP, AND REFLECTION. WITH THEIR SOPHOMORE FULL-LENGTH FANTASY DU JOUR, OUT APRIL 20 ON SIRE RECORDS, THE BAND – CRAIG ALMQUIST (VOCALS/GUITAR), MAX STEEN (GUITAR), ALEX LUQUET (BASS) AND KILLIAN – STRIKE A BALANCE BETWEEN VULNERABILITY AND RAMBUNCTIOUSNESS, REFLECTION AND DECLARATION.
OVER THE ALBUM’S 13 TRACKS, ALMQUIST’S GRITTY CROON SNEAKS SNARK INTO SURGES OF GUITAR, ALL AT ONCE INTRICATE – LACED WITH SHOEGAZE AND SURF ROCK TOUCHTONES – AND URGENT – RIFE WITH BOMBASTIC RIFFS AND CRUNCHY POWER CHORDS. ALBUM OPENER “THIS ALWAYS HAPPENS” SERVES AS A RALLYING CRY FOR THE ROMANTICALLY DISILLUSIONED – “YOU NEVER LISTEN TO ANYTHING OR ANYONE / YOU’RE NOT THE ONE,” ALMQUIST SEARS – WHILE THE JIVEY TITLE TRACK ADDS A LAYER OF VULNERABILITY AND ROMANCE TO A COLLECTION OF SONGS THAT DANCES AROUND THE NOTION OF CONTROLLED ANARCHY.
RECORDED OVER THE COURSE OF THREE WEEKS IN EARLY 2017 IN NEW YORK CITY, FANTASY DU JOUR MARKS THE FIRST TIME THE BAND IN ITS CURRENT ITERATION FULLY COLLABORATED ON A BODY OF WORK. THE QUARTET UTILIZED THE THREE YEARS BETWEEN FOREVER WHATEVER AND FANTASY TO HONE THEIR SOUND AS A UNIT THROUGH EXTENSIVE TOURING AND SUBSEQUENT GROUP WRITING SESSIONS WHICH BEGAN WHEN PRIMARY SONGWRITER ALMQUIST LINKED WITH STEEN WHO PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN THE CREATION OF THE SONGS ON FANTASY, INCLUDING ITS NAMESAKE TRACK.
“MAX WROTE THE MUSIC FOR IT,” ALMQUIST SAYS OF “FANTASY DU JOUR.” “HE WAS STAYING AT MY HOUSE THAT WEEK AND HE PLAYED IT AND I WAS LIKE ‘DID YOU JUST PUT THIS TOGETHER IN FIVE MINUTES WHILE I WAS TEXTING ON MY BED?” AND HE GOES ‘YUP,’ AND STARTS SINGING ‘NOBODY WANTS TO DANCE WITH ME.’”
ON THE OPPOSITE END OF THE SPECTRUM, “STAYING IN,” A BOISTEROUS QUIP ABOUT SMOKING WEED AND GETTING DELIVERY, WAS THE PRODUCT OF THE ENTIRE GROUP, PAIRING THE CENTRAL VISION OF A LAZY NIGHT WITH SPLASHY HI-HAT AND SLUDGY BASS.
ALMQUIST’S LYRICS BOTH PLAINLY DEPICT THE LIFE OF A 20-SOMETHING MAN WHO ORDERS TAKEOUT AND THE EXTERNAL CRISIS OF A WORLD ON THE BRINK OF SELF-DESTRUCTION; THE INTERNAL RECKONING OF DESIRE AND THE JUSTIFICATION OF THOSE FEELINGS. THROUGHOUT IT ALL, THE RUNNING IDEA OF RIGHT PLACE, WRONG TIME RINGS TRUE, THAT LOVE MAY BE PURE, BUT IT DOESN’T EXIST IN A PETRI DISH.
“A GENERAL THEME OF THE RECORD WAS LOVE IN 2017 POST-TINDER, POST-TRUMP, THIS DEPRESSING WORLD OF MODERN ROMANCE,” ALMQUIST SAYS. “THIS FANTASY OF ‘THE ONE’ AND I THINK THE IDEA OF ‘THE ONE’ BEING OUT THERE WITH SOMEONE ELSE.”
FANTASY DU JOUR EXTRAPOLATES THAT WE ARE ALL PASSING SHIPS IN THE NIGHT, BUT THAT VOYAGE SHOULD STILL BE JOYFUL, MESSY, COMPLICATED, WROUGHT WITH GUITARS.
“PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MAKING GUITAR MUSIC FOREVER AND I HOPE WE CAN STAND OUT AMONGST OTHER BANDS THAT HAVE THE SAME VOX GUITAR AMPS AND THE SAME PEDALS,” ALMQUIST SAYS. “I HOPE OUR SONGS STAND OUT.”
Based out of Philadelphia, Lucy Stone has spent the last 10 years in and out of a number of projects. As a songwriter and guitarist, her most recent releases have been collaborations with friends, often appearing as guest vocalist or vocal arranger. As of late, Stone has been a touring member of indie-pop outfit Sad13, lending her skills as a guitarist and also not crashing the van. While not on the road, her focus shifts to brand new psych-pop trio, Vexxed, as a contributing writer and performer. Continually writing and recording, Stone has plans to release a solo EP in 2018, but probably won't tell you about it until it's done, and definitely won't send you the link
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