Work Drugs 5th Annual Holiday Spectacle

Johnny Brenda's Presents & WXPN Welcomes

Work Drugs 5th Annual Holiday Spectacle

Kate Faust, Kississippi

Sat, December 12, 2015

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

All shows are 21+ Proper I.D. required for admission

Work Drugs - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Work Drugs
Work Drugs specialize in cocktails-compatible indie pop inspired by the soft rock era of artists like Christopher Cross and Donald Fagen, but with a lo-fi spark. (They've embraced the label "smooth-fi.") The group was formed in Philadelphia by singer/multi-instrumentalists Thomas Crystal and Benjamin Louisiana. They self-released Work Drugs' full-length debut, Summer Blood, in mid-2011 before partnering with Chicago-based Bobby Cahn Records, which released a flurry of records that followed. After the song "Rad Racer" from their debut was featured in a commercial for Urban Outfitters later that summer, their second album, Aurora Lies, came out in November. A set of acoustic versions of existing songs, Cayman Islands Sessions, arrived before the end of the year. In 2012, they released both Absolute Bearing and Delta, with the Amore EP following in February 2013. Another full-length set, Mavericks, appeared that summer. Still with Bobby Cahn Records, their sixth LP of original material, Insurgents, arrived in March 2014, with Runaways on its heels that fall and Cayman Islands Sessions, Vol. 2 in December. In the meantime, Work Drugs maintained a regular touring schedule, usually with an expanded lineup, earning support slots for bands spanning Two Door Cinema Club, Peter Bjorn and John, Umphrey's McGee, and Battles, to name a few. Still sporting a tranquil, yacht-side vibe, the band issued Louisa in the summer of 2015. That fall, they recorded Method Acting, which was released in August 2016. They are currently in support of their most recent effort, ‘Holding on to Forever.’
Kate Faust - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Kate Faust
Kate Faust is, in her own words, "soulful, playful, and not for the faint of heart." One listen to her dynamic vocals and confessional-style writing confirms this declaration. Creating and digitizing her own beats, the Philadelphia-based pop artist seamlessly pronounces the message of eroticism, embracing strength and femininity throughout each self-curated track.

In 2014, Faust released her first EP, Crucial Companion, under Soulspazm. Kate’s second EP, Eros, released May 2015, takes guidance from Audre Lord’s essay, “The Uses of the Erotic.”

Soon to be released, Faust's new EP titled, Capsizing, dives deeper into vast oceans of human experience through the lens of love and empowerment. Lush, magical dance beats like , "Your Body," roll into trance-like meditations in tracks like "Beyond Desire," and the EP's title track, "Capsizing." With a growing richness and refreshing message, Faust will be touring this spring and summer performing for enthusiastic fans everywhere, from intimate venues to large public spaces.
Kississippi - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
In August of 2014, Zoë Allaire Reynolds put out a 5-song EP under the moniker Kississippi, and later that month, Colin James Kupson moved to Philadelphia to attend The University of the Arts (for Music Technology). The two began collaborating on music together after meeting on Tinder(!) They honed their output, and went in to the Drexel studios in January 2015 with Jake Ewald. The record, named after a friend whom scrawled “we have no future, we’re all doomed” across a class picture of Zoë and themselves, is a 6-song exploration into what the duo were capable of. What comes of the creative foray is a magnetic, multi-faceted output that sees the marriage of the two’s musical backgrounds; featuring Beach House-like synth harmonies, syncopated beat manipulation, and Drop C basslines. After playing many months of shows as a 2-piece, they decided to approach friends to help flesh the performances out, creating a weighted and significant live show, which exemplarily demonstrate the duo’s goal to create “amp worshipping pop/popviolence,” or an amalgamation of heavy energy and theatrics with pop hooks and dreamy haze.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125