Johnny Brenda's Presents


The 1910 Chainsaw Company, American Trappist

Sun, July 15, 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

Ortolan - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Precociousness always catches its observer off guard; we are witness to a stubborn incongruity, a disproportionate relationship between limited years and elevated levels of skill, insight, or vision. It confounds common experience, and we wonder. When Ortolan’s debut album Time On A String was released in 2010, three quarters of the family foursome were yet under drinking age. Along with copious kudos given to the quality of the music and the maturity of the songwriting, every single review made mention of their age. Wonder indeed.

What may be the greater marvel though, is when a nascent talent starts to grow into itself; when prodigious promise begins to deliver something beyond spectacle, when it begins to nourish those who are witness to it. Such was the case with Ortolan’s 2014 sophomore effort, Covered In Black. Now, in keeping with this tradition of progression, Ortolan offers down deep, a small collection of revelatory songs that encapsulates the earnestness of their early efforts in combination with the disenchantment that so often accompanies maturation.
The 1910 Chainsaw Company - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
The 1910 Chainsaw Company
With your eyes closed, 1910 Chainsaw Company could fool you into believing you've been transported to another time. If you've ever had a dream where there is a tidal wave coming for you, and you woke just in the nick of time with a sense of relief, then you are aware of the sounds of Chainsaw's sweet little melodies. If you've ever had the thought to paint everything in your bedroom all one color - I mean everything - then you can imagine a red radiator suddenly making sense with a red teddy bear; and if you can imagine this, then you can imagine how it would make sense to want to hear another of front man Rob Perry's songs, even though he's just finished playing one. A love for the vintage style psychedelic pop music inspires a lightness like hydrogen; dissipating from something you know to something you can't get a grip on. Some people regret not having documented more moments in their lives with pictures or diaries. Well, when you put on a Chainsaw record, or see them play live, all of that regret goes away for just that short amount of time. As the Bible says, "Blessed is the Fruit of thy Loom", and those words are meant to praise that second pair of undies you keep handy to put on after creaming your first pair at the sounds and sights of 1910 Chainsaw Company.
American Trappist - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
American Trappist
American Trappist is the second catalogue of work from Philadelphia-based songwriter & producer Joe Michelini. After a decade of touring with New Jersey folk-rock outfit River City Extension, Michelini set out to to gain a more universal perspective before touching pen to paper again. His move to Philadelphia would spur an existential awakening, one that would inform his first self-titled collection of songs as American Trappist. Leaving religion behind in exchange for a more cosmically adjusted view of the world is just one of the many themes explored on his sprawling, eclectic full-length debut. Recorded in bedrooms, basements and apartments across the Philadelphia region, American Trappist by American Trappist would soon become a business card Michelini passed around at local shows, asking bands to let him engineer or produce their work and encouraging them to reference tones, ideas, or recording techniques employed in the making of his self-titled LP. Michelin’s clients would come to include Philadelphia indie-rock bands The Vernes & Cave People, as well as experimental songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jane Carver.

Spending more time behind the desk not only afforded Michelini the opportunity to work in new mediums and genres, but was also representative of an internal shift in priorities for the seasoned live performer. In his words, “American Trappist doesn’t need to be the biggest band in the world, I’m just here to make my contribution to the [Philadelphia] music scene and help others do the same.” In other words, the American Trappist recordings aren’t intended to take the place of anyone or anything, instead they exist to help inspire the local scene, and function as a humble cog in the delicate machine that is the new music industry.

With a lifelong background in classical music and a healthy skepticism for modern rock, Michelini would pursue his mission to serve the local Philadelphia community as an audio engineer and producer, as well as continuing to write and record his own noisy, dynamic brand of classic-rock inspired material. Taking tips from no-compromise songwriters like Cass McCombs and Neko Case, to producers Todd Rundgren and Blake Mills, Michelini crafts a unique and refreshingly sincere take on everything from 21st century anxiety to humility in the face of change and uncertainty.

Michelini currently lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with his wife, where they own and operate Berlin Studios, a recording and animation studio. More information about Berlin Studios can be found a astudioinberlin.com.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125