The War On Drugs

Johnny Brenda's presents

The War On Drugs

Alex Bleeker and The Freaks, Arc in Round

Sun, December 30, 2012

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:15 pm

$18.00

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The War On Drugs - (Set time: 11:15 PM)
The War On Drugs
Philadelphia’s The War on Drugs reside at the blurred edges of American music: overexposing studio limitations, piling tape upon tape to maximum density, and then — with each song — they pull off the scaffolding to reveal what sticks, keeping only what’s absolutely necessary and dig into what sounds like the best kind of fucked up. As on their 2008 debut, Wagonwheel Blues, central member Adam Granduciel takes small moments occurring over multiple tapes and multiple song versions, and puts every last drop of trust in his own keen instinct of momentum.

That’s not to overshadow the sharp, personal songwriting at play here. There are certainly cues taken from our very best American bards (Dylan, Petty, Springsteen). Yet, The War on Drugs are wise enough to also implode those cues or send themselves into outer space when the moment calls for it. The driving organ riff that pushes “Baby Missiles,” from the band’s 2010 epic EP Future Weather, may well be inspired by a fever dream of Springsteen rather than any particular song in his catalogue. And the endless layers of guitar melody and atmospherics of “Comin’ Through,” also from Future Weather, rather than add weight to the vessel, only work to fill its sails with warmer and warmer winds.
Alex Bleeker and The Freaks - (Set time: 10:15 PM)
Alex Bleeker and The Freaks
"Alex Bleeker and the Freaks is a loving collection of classic rock and roll tunes. Over Budweiser's in the Maxwell's dining room before the show Bleeker mentioned he wants his band to sound like Neil Young and Crazy Horse. You can definitely feel that desire coming though on the record and in live settings. The music has a rough edge to it, a kind of electric haze that makes pretty sounds feel more desperate." - Microphone Memory Emotion
Arc in Round - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
Arc in Round
Arc in Round's self-titled debut LP, rejects a sensibility garnered from endless hours of studio tracking and hypnotic experimentation. The album is a re-invention of in uence, ranging from melodic gems (think Stereolab meets Broadcast) to epic prog jams, tied securely yet ever so loosely together by haunting male and female vocals. The LP brims with layered dissonance and experimentation à la Disco Inferno & This Heat being driven by the Motorik Kraut rhythms of Neu and Can. This is carefully crafted dark pop – taut yet spacey, noisy yet melodic; it's a smart experiment in sonic evolution. There is a sweet contradiction in the intricate metamorphosis of sound and song; each track feeding from one another until the sum of its parts breaks free.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
http://www.johnnybrendas.com/