NYE with The War on Drugs

Johnny Brenda's presents

NYE with The War on Drugs

Purling Hiss (solo set), Avery Rosewater

Mon, December 31, 2012

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


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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.
Purling Hiss (solo set) - (Set time: 10:15 PM)
Purling Hiss (solo set)
Purling Hiss’ Mike Polizze has put in much time in the fried Philly blooze overdrive of the group Birds of Maya, but in his own vehicle he’s expanded his grotty guitar wailing into the further cosmos, still shredding speakers aplenty. With releases out on Drag City, Richie, Woodsist Records, and a previous LP on Permanent, Purling Hiss became a full-fledged touring unit in 2010, revealing themselves to not only be purveyors of Rallizes Denudes/Vermonster-style guitar jams, but to have a serious 90’s grunge/pop ethic not too far removed from bits of Bleach-era Nirvana. Lots of ooh-oohs to coincide with the growls, severe hooks to get lodged in your cranium.
Avery Rosewater - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
Avery Rosewater
Julien Rossow-Greenberg, Kevin Kearney, Jordan Mrazik, and Kevin Comly are best friends. They play music together in a band called Avery Rosewater. They all like cats especially named Slater. Kevin K. is a high school English teacher, Jordan is an architect, Kevin C. is a professional Latte maker, and Julien fixes computers. Together they make rock songs. Expect an EP out Summer 2013. Avery Rosewater is a fictional character, but he’s a good guy.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125