Valley Exit, Myrrias

Johnny Brenda's Presents

Valley Exit


Long Spells, Suburban Living (DJ Set)

Wed, December 7, 2016

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


This event is 21 and over

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

Valley Exit - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Valley Exit
Valley Exit is the new musical project of Jeff Zeigler (Mary
Lattimore/Jeff Zeigler Duo, Arc in Round). Taking a semi-improvised,
dubbed-out approach to minimal electronic music, live sets weave
between soft-focus songs, a la John Bender/Arthur Russell/Suicide and
open-ended pulsing Krautscapes. With the addition of a full band on
some shows, performances move from wide open to sharper, more
propulsive takes on songs from the forthcoming Valley Exit LP and
semi-improvisational clanging post-punk.
Myrrias - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Myrrias’ first album reveals the band as an ensemble in the strictest sense. We’re often drawn to bands despite—or indeed because of—the drama of conflicting personalities (from Paul and John to Lou and Nico). A quartet from Philadelphia, Myrrias work instead as a living, breathing whole. Try to hone in on the stony, measured alto of keyboardist Mikele Edwards and your attention is quickly split as guitarist April Harkansan’s Soprano hovers in the near distance. Whereas many new bands suffer from a propensity to over-play, Myrrias patiently build layers of intertwined rhythms and melodies, with no one member pulling for the spotlight. The vocals have room to float because drummer Casey Bell and bassist Emily Robb forge a primal, driving bedrock while simultaneously carving out enough room to complement—not overshadow—the group’s high-end shimmer.

Such discipline stems from years of collective experience. The band formed when Edwards (of Arc in Round) sought like-minded musicians for a new project. Coming from sonically divergent bands, each musician nonetheless had to be a perfect fit for the whole. April Harkansan (Downtown Club) generates a wash of warm, delayed guitar over Edwards’ honeyed but never saccharine synth landscapes. Drummer Casey Bell’s (Break It Up) primary mode is the primal minimalism of Maureen Tucker punctuated with moments of controlled abandon. A late-60s garage-rock traditionalist, bassist Emily Robb (Lantern) adds a plodding mid-range growl, alternately soulful and menacing. Combined, the band form a collage of synth-driven dream-pop and the somber, cinematic side of the 60s avant-garde.
Long Spells - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Long Spells
Longspells is a Philadelphian musical act comprised of four Caucasian males between the ages of 33 and 40. Past/present musical work experiences for these individuals included memberships in A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Public Record, Fantastic Imagination, and Arc in Round. Referral for band participation began in summer of 2014 after concerns had been expressed by all members that a new artistic/social outlet could work towards improving quality of life, and assist with each individual’s unique process of self-actualization. Rewards/consequences have been contingent on the members’ execution of musical concepts, creativity, practice/live performances, and humility. Focus groups have largely: 1) tapped their feet to the rhythms; 2) nodded their heads to the rhythms; 3) clapped after song performances; 4) described Longspells as "jangly"; 5) described Longspells as "complex"; 6.) believed Longspells might "make it."
Suburban Living (DJ Set)
Suburban Living (DJ Set)
Spinning throughout the night!
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125