Fujiya & Miyagi
Johnny Brenda's presents

Fujiya & Miyagi

Performers:
Fujiya & Miyagi
I Think Like Midnight
$15.00 - $17.00
Ages 21+
Fujiya & Miyagi with I Think Like Midnight at Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia
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FUJIYA & MIYAGI

Brighton-based Fujiya & Miyagi have been making expansive, experimental and multifaceted electronic-driven music for twenty years now. As an outfit they have been as successful in their investigations into bleep as they have elongated Krautrock wig outs, and creating breathy electro pop as fiercely as they do post-punk-indebted scratchy dance. Their new album,Flashback, is to be released in May 2019 and it finds a group re-connecting with the potent music of their youth and connecting it with their well-learned musical chops as adults.

Fujiya & Miyagi first came to light with their 2002 album 'Electro karaoke in the negative style'which created the first glimpse of what was to become their distinctive sound of electronics and hushed vocals. It wasn't until 2006 with the release of 'Transparent Things' that the group gained wider critical acclaim and became more widely known both in Europe and in North America. The album blended the groups love of 70's German electronic Music, post-punk dance music and the sounds affiliated with labels such as Warp Records in the 1990s. They toured extensively during this period and also around 2009's Lightbulbs album.

They then worked with LA based Producer Thom Monahan on 2011's Ventriloquizzing. The record was a move away from the more electronic and dance orientated direction of theirprevious records with more emphasis on sounds and textures. After a three year gap Fujiya & Miyagi returned in 2014 with their most electronic album to date titled 'Artificial Sweeteners'. Which returned to the working methods of their earlier records but with added vigour and experimentation. Between 2016 and 2017 they released a deeply ambitious three EP trilogy on their own imprint Impossible Objects of Desire in 2017. A carefully staged project that saw the group traverse disco, electro, pop, and the now synonymous 1970s Germany-inspired groove they so seamlessly ooze.

I THINK LIKE MIDNIGHT

I Think Like Midnight is an instrumental rock band formed by longtime devotees of the lost art of the succinct rock instrumental. Begun as a recording project, guitarist/songwriter Andrew Chalfen (The Trolleyvox, The Wishniaks, Gimme) and drummer Dean Clean Sabatino (The Dead Milkmen, Baby Flamehead) were so pleased with the results that they decided to release the material and put together a full band, recruiting bassist Josh Newman (American Altitude, The Silver Ages, Heyward Howkins Band) and keyboardist Joe Genaro (The Dead Milkmen, Butterfly Joe, Low Budgets).

ITLM’s debut “Warm Seclusion Structure” (a term coined by the National Weather Service) was released in December 2014, surprisingly winning the praise of their instrumental heroes Pell Mell. The band has since honed their live sound, focusing on new material with forays into songwriting collaboration. The band recorded their new album over 2016-17 at Miner Street Recordings in Philadelphia with engineer Brian McTear (The War on Drugs, Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Sharon Van Etten) with additional recording by Chalfen at Trolleyvox Recording, with mixing by McTear and young upstart engineering genius Brendan Monahan.

"This Land Is Your Mind," is robust, expansive, deeply groovy, and definitely road-trip worthy. Highlights include the opener “Daychord,” a big sky driving opus with exultant melodic and sparkling nods to popsters like The Chills, the Krautrock-inflected Surf coolness of “Tuned Mass Damper,” and the epic closer “Miner Pocket Draft Gear,” which deftly mines both Television-like meters and pastoral psychedelic space rock. Lovers of the above-mentioned bands, as well as Yo La Tengo, Spoon, Luna, and The Sea and Cake will feel right at home. Their new 4-song “Kompromat EP” was released in late 2018 on Wilbur Records.

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