Daddy Issues

Johnny Brenda's Presents

Daddy Issues

Vexxed, The City & I

Mon, March 26, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

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

Daddy Issues - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Daddy Issues
When singer and guitarist Jenna Moynihan saw the phrase “Daddy Issues” scribbled on the bathroom wall of a now-defunct Nashville DIY venue, she mistakenly assumed it was the name of an all-girl punk outfit sure to become her next favorite band. Upon realizing that no such band existed, Moynihan and friends Emily Maxwell (drums) and Jenna Mitchell (bass) picked up their instruments, taught themselves how to play and started their own band. Three years later, Daddy Issues are gearing up to release their full-length vinyl debut Deep Dream, out 5/19 via Infinity Cat Recordings.

The band originally caught Infinity Cat’s eye after tastemaker Casey Weissbuch offered the trio a spot on the cassette series he curates for the label, which has hosted releases from artists like Rozwell Kid, Colleen Green and Guerrilla Toss over its three-year history. Days after submitting their tape in the summer of 2015, the band signed to Infinity Cat as official artists, releasing a 7” split with Louisville band White Reaper later that year. Shortly thereafter, the band started work on Deep Dream with producer and label owner Jake Orrall (JEFF The Brotherhood, Colleen Green). Combining the sounds of ‘80s alternative, ‘90s grunge and ‘00s pop, Daddy Issues tackle the difficulties of friendship, heartbreak, mental health, sexual assault and a number of other issues that come with the package of youth in the modern world.
Vexxed - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
PHILADELPHIA. Debut EP "Thank You Sooo Much" out May 4th via Rare Mp3s.

Vexxed are Max Steen (bass, production), Zach Sewall (vocals, keys) and Lucy Stone (vocals, guitar). Sewall and Steen met when they were 5 years old in Hebrew School and grew up playing music together—eventually becoming estranged and reuniting in Philadelphia in 2014. Steen met Stone through Sewall, who offered him a room in her North Philadelphia apartment. The trio coalesced—and that winter, Vexxed was born, the band name taken from a humorous appreciation for the Affliction clothing brand and the Travel Channel program Ghost Adventures.

Snowed in during winter storm Juno, the trio hunkered down, spending all their time together. “The songs are a result of a blizzard,” Steen explains. Most of the Thank You Sooo Much EP was written in a day or two of icy isolation. In the time since, Vexxed has evolved and live, a combination of minimal technology and innovative performances expand upon their framework of cult pop remoteness and surrealist harmony.

After that fateful weekend alone, Steen, Sewall and Stone began working together every day. Max would drive into the city from New Jersey, Lucy would take two buses over the course of two hours to get to West Philly to record with Zach. In this newfound voluntarily desolation they’d sit in a hot room for 9 hours, writing weird songs—“We call it wang wang time,” Steen jokes. “We were stir crazy,” Stone interjects. “We all started dressing alike.” They’d listen to Italo disco and garage rock and psych, finding inspiration in the furthest corners of their shared musical interests.

The result is Thank You Sooo Much, Vexxed’s debut EP, five entrancing songs that span an appreciation for and a comedic approach to all things mythological and spiritual. The opener “Heavens Away Team,” finds inspiration in the Heaven’s Gate cult. “[The title] is funny and fucked up,” Steen starts, “but it’s so genuine and scary,” Stone finishes the thought. “Prince of Darkness,” was inspired by Zach’s translation of the Book of the Dead come to life—“There were a lot of strange happenings around the writing of that song. Once we heard a really painful, crazy sound out of the monitors. At that point, I looked out the window and there were two black cats looking in,” he recalls. “I opened the door right next to the window and they weren’t there.” Steen jumps in, “The book said something like ‘beware of cats and metallic sounds’—exactly what happened in that moment. A weird prophecy.” He pauses, “We don’t know if we’re trapped in some weird spirit realm…or if we should stop smoking weed.”

The EP ends with “Gimme the Money,” a welcomed, sultry, high-spirited respite Stone lovingly refers to as “our club banger.” At it’s heart, of course, is humor: “I was thinking of Tom Hanks in the movie That Thing You Do,” Steen jumps in. “That song is part Jerry McGuire, sunglasses, and Lucy being pissed all in one.” Vexxed is a project of friendship, humor, isolation and curiosity—and their idiosyncratic pop brings it all together. Thank You Sooo Much doesn’t ask anything of the listener, but it offers much: a sonic hybridity inspired by life’s biggest questions and moments distilled into something digestible and wonderful. Listen, and be transported.
The City & I - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
The City & I
The City and I is the weed-buttered food baby of Colins ‘Bear’ Regisford (Kids, Mannequin Pussy). His first album, Downer, is influenced less by any particular genre and more by universal anxieties: late night munchies, early morning loneliness, the inability to deal with the pressures of choosing what to make for lunch. Each song is taken from a real place or moment of time in his ADD-filled head. Introspective lyrics weave in and out of songs like mantras, while snippets of conversations and city noises float over hazy guitars, creating dreamscapes that take you to all those moments that you try to forget, the ones we can’t quite remember but know happened. There’s a sense of inevitability in Downer and in between the tape hiss lies all the familiar ups and downs of someone just trying to find their way in life.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125