Bardo Pond (Record Release)

Johnny Brenda's Presents

Bardo Pond (Record Release)

Sparrow Steeple, Eric Arn

Fri, March 31, 2017

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


This event is 21 and over

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

Bardo Pond - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Bardo Pond
Bardo Pond was the flagship band of Philly's "Psychedelphia" space rock movement, which also included the likes of Aspera, Asteroid No. 4, the Azusa Plane, and tangentially the Lilys. Explicitly drug-inspired -- their titles were filled with obscure references to psychedelics -- they favored lengthy, deliberate sound explorations filled with all the hallmarks of modern-day space rock: droning guitars, thick distortion, feedback, reverb, and washes of white noise. Hints of blues structure often cropped up, but Bardo Pond's earliest roots lay with avant-garde noisemakers from the realm of free jazz and from New York's no wave movement and downtown Knitting Factory scene. As their musicianship improved, the band gradually incorporated more traditional influences, but maintained their affinity for the outer fringes of music. Thus, their brand of space rock echoed not just genre staples like Hawkwind and Pink Floyd, but jam-happy Krautrockers (Amon Düül, Popol Vuh, Ash Ra Tempel, Guru Guru) and experimental indie heroes (Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, and especiallySpacemen 3). With a steady stream of releases on Matador, the band stuck around long enough to draw comparisons to the spacier, noisier contingent of post-rockers, like Mogwai and Flying Saucer Attack.

Underground psychedelic superstars for almost the last 20 years, Bardo Pond is Philly's hometown epic psych band. "If rock music is to have any relevance in the new millennium, it is bands like Bardo Pond that will make it so." -Tony Dale, Ptolemaic Terrascope.
Sparrow Steeple - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Sparrow Steeple
Sparrow Steeple are a group made up of members of the Strapping Fieldhands fronted by contemporary visual artist Barry Goldberg. Originally created years ago by Strapping Fieldhands members Bob Malloy & Jeff Werner along with Barry Goldberg as a side project, Sparrow Steeple has surged forward recently with a new impetus to record and play live. A new LP will be coming out soon on Richie Records. The line-up now includes Bob Dickie and Jacy Webster, both from the Strapping Fieldhands, and Harmonica Dan. Expect psychedelic music.
Eric Arn - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Eric Arn
Eric Arn has mined the farthest regions of avant-rock, free improv, drone and psychedelia beginning in the Crystalized Movements in the 1980s, and continuing with Primordial Undermind for over two decades. He will release his second solo album on Feeding Tube Records this winter.

"Wonderful… a wiggly workout recalling the slurred phrasing of late period John Fahey with gracefully ugly experimental gestures. Great stuff." - Byron Coley, The Wire
"Eric Arn’s first solo album ‘Points of Fissure’ is a true psychedelic masterpiece... a tremendous blur of adventure" - KN,
"spellbinding, wide-horizoned American primitive workouts and blissed out, rapturous passages of near-holy abstraction" - Ned Netherwood,
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125