The Bigger Lovers celebrate the 10th anniversary of 'Honey in the Hive',

Johnny Brenda's presents

The Bigger Lovers celebrate the 10th anniversary of 'Honey in the Hive',

Echo Orbiter, Cliff Hillis

Sat, September 8, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:15 pm


This event is 21 and over

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

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The Bigger Lovers - (Set time: 11:15 PM)
The Bigger Lovers
Back when file “sharing” still represented a moral dilemma for most, The Bigger Lovers took a few hacks for the fences.

The Philly quartet released three albums of harmony smacked guitar pop that fell squarely between Failure Rock (see: Chilton, Alex; Star, Big), Pub Rock (see: Rockpile; Lowe, Nick), Record Geek Rock (The Move, The Soft Boys, The dB’s), and Bands That Start With “B” Rock (Beatles, Byrds, Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield).

They toured a bunch. People wrote nice things. They found a small yet spirited audience. They wrecked vans. They slept on couches.

And then in 2005, if for no other reason than to quit while they were ahead and still speaking, they stopped. Though the fact that most of the people who were into the band got their records for free anyway (rock scribes, record store employees, managers, promoters, road managers – dudes, mostly) might have had something to do with it.

And then in 2011 The Bigger Lovers returned, with a vinyl reissue of their 2001 debut How I Learned to Stop Worrying, with a digital-only EP of new-old tunes called The Little Giant Maxi Single, and with a handful of shows.

And now they’re back again, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their critically acclaimed (FOUR STARS! Said Rolling Stone’s David Fricke) sophomore album “Honey in the Hive.”

As for the future? As long as there are 40-something dudes that like to hang out until last call getting loaded and discussing The Move at great length, The Bigger Lovers will be happy to entertain them.
Echo Orbiter - (Set time: 10:15 PM)
Echo Orbiter
Echo Orbiter brothers Justin and Colin Emerle are back as a duo and more imaginative than ever. Echo Orbiter has paced forward into a musical terrain of mysterious, experimental, neo-psychedelic and chaotic, and unmistakably indie-rock driven music. Justin and Colin began playing music together before they hit their teens. Back in 1996, the pair started Echo Orbiter, finding themselves immersed in the elite Elephant 6 era at its height, a time when they worked with The Lilys, Kindercore Records, and shared a stage with bands like Of Montreal, Elf Power, Apples in Stereo, Olivia Tremor Control and more.

Produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Justin himself, their upcoming album, Euphonicmontage is a labor of existential-ambiance love. From beat poetry, and writers such as Ayn Rand; a genuine affection of cubism and surrealism; Echo Orbiter is influenced by the creative expressions of authors and art, just as they are by music. Call it jagged indie rock surrealism.
Cliff Hillis - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
Cliff Hillis
Cliff Hillis is known for putting the “power” into “power pop.” On June 19th the Phoenixville, PA-based musician, songwriter and producer celebrated the release of his new album "Dream Good" on San Francisco indie label TallBoy Records.

The new album’s title comes from one of its songs, but Hillis happily points out that “Dream Good” is also #20 on Woody Guthrie’s list of New Years Resolutions from 1943. It’s Hillis’ third release on San Francisco label TallBoy Records, and he describes it as sounding like “Wilco meets Fountains of Wayne,” and fully representative of his finely-honed pop/rock sensibility. Hillis also produced "Dream Good," which was mixed in Nashville by noted pop producer Brad Jones (known for his work with Marshall Crenshaw, Jill Sobule and Matthew Sweet, among others).
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125