New Enemies and Rosu Lup
Johnny Brenda's Presents

New Enemies and Rosu Lup

Cheeky

Ages 21+
New Enemies and Rosu Lup with Cheeky at Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia
  • 7PM - Doors
  • 8PM - Cheeky
  • 9PM - New Enemies
  • 10PM - Rosu Lup

ROSU LUP

Drawing on elements of orchestral instrumentation, electronic, ethereal, and folk sounds, Rosu Lup’s music is as unique as the origin of their name -- which is Romanian for “red wolf.” The duo’s new album, The Ranger, works through difficult phases of life and finds them discovering hope along the way. Lead single “What You Need” premiered with Substream Magazine, with the outlet noting that it’s “a deeply nuanced, beautiful track that will have listeners thinking about it for a long time.”

“‘What You Need’ is a mosaic of sorts…” the band says. “The song itself explores the working out of a marriage that was dissolving, and the realization that it was what both individuals needed to move forward in life. We can’t expect ourselves to be all things to all people, and that’s ok.”

Rosu Lup’s second full-length album, The Ranger, was recorded between Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Drummer and producer James McAlister (Sufjan Stevens, The National) collaborated on the collection, performing drums, keys, and synth, to create a broader and more artistic music endeavor. “What You Need” explores a necessary ending, while the single “Young Love”, which premiered with Billboard, reminisces on the past. “Come Back Home” explains how family is found in more than a building or a place, but the people in it.

Jonathan Stewart and Josh Marsh met in late 2013 and formed what would become Rosu Lup. They independently released a pair of EP’s, and recorded their first full-length record, Is Anything Real, at Miner Street Recordings in Philadelphia. There they collaborated with producers Brian McTear and Jonathan Low, as well as songwriter and producer Lou Rogai.

NEW ENEMIES

Former members of the Philadelphia-based band, Turning Violet Violet, came together to make New Enemies. Exploring themes of life, coming of age, and loss, they marry synths, washed out guitars, and a driving rhythm section. Led by vocalist/songwriter Sarah Gulish, New Enemies plays earnest songs with catchy melodies and drifting guitar lines.

All of the members of New Enemies met and first played together in 2009 to form Turning Violet Violet. As TVV, they achieved recognition for their 2012 release, “Double Cure”, and made a name for themselves on the east coast as a chamber pop group. When the band broke up in 2014 to pursue other things, they never broke up as friends. And, in 2016, they returned with a two song EP under the name New Enemies with the tracks “BIO” and “Things I’ve Said.”

Journalist Julie Miller reviewed the songs as “majestic in a somber, soft way, billowing up in a cloud of horns as Sarah Gulish’s vocals float in layers over top. The chamber rock of TVV’s songs still ripples underneath, but as New Enemies they’ve added a shiny gloss of atmospheric pop that ties it all together in a Death Cab-meets-CHVRCHES kind of way.”

New Enemies is back in 2020 with a new single, “There’s a Way”, and an EP scheduled for release later in the year. Their lineup, including Jeff Scott (guitar), Eric Dalhousen (bass), and Brandon Gulish (drums), represents a bolder, more straightforward rock sound than in previous years. In speaking about the band’s new identity, Sarah Gulish stated, “In a lot of ways we’re the same as we’ve always been...friends making music that we love together. In other ways, we’ve grown a lot over this past decade. We’ve started families, businesses, and have suffered deep losses. We’re more energized than ever to make music because it’s just what we love doing and we can’t stay away.”

CHEEKY

Philadelphia-based pop producer cheeky compiles field recordings with layered vocals and her synthesizer to construct haunting & ambient electropop. The solo electronic project of classically trained pianist Kaylee Sabatino has attracted the attention of WXPN, Stockton University’s WLFR, Philadelphia’s Deli Magazine and more. Her EP Flora draws influence from the artists who inspired her to start producing; notably, Animal Collective, Beach House and Grimes. She utilizes her strengths as a vocalist, instrumentalist and audio engineer to produce music in her home in Philadelphia.

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