Carroll (LP Release) & The Vernes
Johnny Brenda's Presents


The Vernes

Strawberry Runners

Ages 21+
Carroll (LP Release) and The Vernes with Strawberry Runners at Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia
  • 8PM - Doors
  • 9PM - Strawberry Runners
  • 10PM - The Vernes
  • 11PM - Carroll


Leap and the Net Appears (out February 28th 2020 on Shattered Orb Records) is the third album by the Philadelphia band Carroll. The album takes the band’s outrospective sonic palate to glistening new heights and some of the murkiest depths of their career. Recorded in the band’s subterranean bunker in Philadelphia and at Berlin Studios in New Jersey, the record captures the first moments of a hibernating bear blinking into the sunshine after months in its den. On songs like first single “Fern” and album opener “2 Have U,” we see a band with one foot firmly planted in the void while cautiously approaching the light.

After years on the road and stints opening for the likes of Dr. Dog, Whitney, and Jessica Pratt, the four members of Carroll are learning to stay in place. “I tried fixing the holes inside / then I covered the door in your color,” sings frontman Brian Hurlow on “Nona.” Home improvement and domesticity butt up against inner turmoil in songs about unsettled settling. “This one has been a crazy year of tearing the yard apart,” Hurlow reflects on the sublime album closer "Bemy."

Underneath Hurlow’s plaintive delivery swirl the dense psychedelic landscapes the band is known for. The propulsive, liquid bass lines of Charles McClung are a second narrator throughout the course of the album and Max Kulicke continues to create microclimates and sonic storms with his atmospheric guitar. The record’s tasteful and varied synthesizers seem to bubble up from beneath the understated beats of drummer Charlie Rudoy, while the tender saxophone work by free jazz explorer Gabriel Garcia polishes off what are the most enveloping grooves of the band’s career.

The first lines of "Fern" are an apt metaphor for Carroll's newest record: "I'm a fern with the leaves curled up / in the light I extend and unravel." As you spend time with Leap and the Net Appears, the album unfurls, blooms, and blossoms around you.


Conceived in the San Francisco Bay Area and realized in Philadelphia, indie rockers The Vernes are “part of the welcomed migration of talented, young artists continuing to flow into our City of Brotherly Love.” Their songs are often happy in tone though somber in content, combining singer/guitarist Matthew Gragg’s unique vocal style and introspective lyrics with touches of fuzz guitar, synth, and drum machines. The Vernes have endeared themselves to a growing fanbase with an off the cuff style echoing Pavement, and a live show that has been hailed by Philly’s WXPN as “not to be missed”, drawing comparison to “Dr. Dog in the early days”. The four piece, also consisting of Fabian Mera, Cole Berggren, and Pat Degan, offer a contrast between tightly produced recordings and dynamic live performances. Their first album, a collection of homemade EPs and singles, was released in March of 2017. Their 2018 debut studio album "Maybe I'll Feel Better When I'm Dead" & 2019 follow up mini LP “Yr of the Rat” were recorded and produced by Joe Michelini (American Trappist) at Berlin Studios.


Strawberry Runners is the project of songwriter, Emi Night. Originally formed in Denver, CO, the band came to life in 2013. They are now based in her current home, Philadelphia.

You might fall for the shimmering guitars wrapped around bittersweet memories of Emi’s youth in the Ohio River Valley or her plaintive vocals that hint at a country-music education. The music is so catchy, so energetic and relaxed in turn, that on first listen you could miss the narrative being told, where love and pain bloom side by side.

The richness of her music is in Emi’s tender and easy integration of the varied styles she’s called home: with a humble faith in brevity, melody compels every word; with the mystery and familiarity of a hymn, the music stays in your ear like pop, and flares up with punk-rock verve; poignant scenes are conjured with respect, compassion, and generosity. These are the kind of songs that ring true no matter how close or far they hew to the incidents that inspired them; they are pictures painted from a life too often troubled by violence and fear but also graced with an inheritance of compassion, determination, and — best of all for us — music.

Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125