Brother JT, The Photon Band

Brother JT

Frequenters of Johnny Brendas know that there is only one Brother JT. This is the guy from Bethlehem who bangs to his own lysergic drum. He defines the underground aesthetic, something that he has done for three decades, and his new record, "The Svelteness of Boogietude"(Thrill Jockey) shows him expanding his psychedelic horizons to deftly incorporate jazz, ballads, later period T. Rex, and of course, the ever present extended guitar workout. Even noneother than Indie Rock avatar, Byron Coley is on record as admiring the new album's "huge riff-based anthems that balance glam dynamics with mystical history on the head of a pin." It's inconceivable that anyone who truly digs rock will not be sucked deeply into the vortex of Boogietude.

The Photon Band

The Photon Band takes the stage to celebrate the release of their seventh full length release, "Pure Photonic Matter (volume 1) (Nod and Smile). Part one of a planned trilogy, which may expand into a quadrilogy when all is said and done, this album's varied sounds are like most Photon Band releases: as much a part of the expansion of the universe as time itself. The Photon Band have been playing and recording loud, fast, quiet, slow, melodic, chaotic, sloppy, impassioned tunes since longer than you can remember. Pitchfork once stated that the Photon Band "sounds as though someone slipped powdered glass into a wad of bubble-gum." At the heart of their sonic tumult is confused dreamer, Art DiFuria, who finally escaped Philadelphia in the summer of 2010 for sunnier southern climes, amidst speculation that the band was finished. As the occasion of it turns out, these were empty rumors. DiFuria will amble up the coast in time to once again fill Johnny Brenda's with his cacophony of inspiration, with the help of his ever-willing accomplices. Leave earplugs home at your peril.

There are times in life when we all feel like the Universe is sending us a sign. And that’s exactly how
Jay Laughlin, Philadelphia music scene veteran, felt when a fire ripped through his band's (JJL)
practice space claiming all their musical gear one dark night in February of 2014. At first, it felt like
a sign that maybe he should consider giving up his passion — and stop pouring his heart, soul, time
and energy into making and playing music.
Fortunately, there was a second sign from the Universe. As the smoke slowly cleared, a massive wave
of support rolled in. Family, friends, fans and the community made their feelings known by providing
funds, lending equipment, organizing benefits, and showering the band with no small amount of
emotional support and encouragement. It felt like proof positive that JJL should rebuild and re-focus.
And that’s exactly what they have done — emerging triumphantly with The Tiger E.P., their 6-song
debut 12-inch, in hand.
As a songwriter, Jay has returned to his roots in a way. It’s evident that the devastating fire stirred up
emotions and triggered memories that rekindled his love of playing heavy music. He is once again
making music that celebrates the raw power of the artists that originally inspired him to start playing
drums and guitar when he was barely a teenager... metal bands like Iron Maiden, Dio, Judas Priest,
Slayer, as well as, hardcore bands like Minor Threat and The Bad Brains.
JJL amps up the “power” of the traditional power trio, with Jay on guitar and vocals (Lenola, Like A
Fox, Turning Point), his long-time drummer Pete Girgenti on drums (Like A Fox) and new member
Derek Zglenski (Belgrade) rounding out the group on bass. The Tiger E.P. boasts loud metallic riffs,
spidery melodies, bombastic drums and fluid bass runs. The music is both intricate and concise,
balancing the frenetic energy and immediacy of rock n' roll with the musicianship and bombast of
heavy metal. In short, JJL have songs that stick in your head no matter how hard you bang it.



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