Radar State (featuring members of the Get Up Kids, The Anniversary, The Architects)

Johnny Brenda's Presents

Radar State (featuring members of the Get Up Kids, The Anniversary, The Architects)

Aspiga, Cabana Wear

Sun, January 27, 2019

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

$13.00 - $16.00

This event is 21 and over

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

Radar State (featuring members of the Get Up Kids, The Anniversary, The Architects) - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Radar State (featuring members of the Get Up Kids, The Anniversary, The Architects)
Kansas City rock foursome Radar State may be newly-minted, but the members of the band are familiar names to independent music fans. With members of the Get Up Kids, the Anniversary, and the Architects, the band’s pedigree is unquestionable.

Radar State features Josh Berwanger (The Anniversary, Berwanger) and Jim Suptic (The Get Up Kids, Blackpool Lights) trading off lead and rhythm guitar duties, with Matt Pryor (The Get Up Kids, The New Amsterdams) on bass, and Adam Phillips (The Architects, The Gadjits) on drums. Berwanger, Pryor, and Suptic all take turns on lead vocals, and that’s an integral part of the band’s direction, say the members.

“It was the most important discussion we had when first getting together,” says Suptic. “I love that we each take the lead. I also think it has challenged us to write better songs. If Josh walks in with a great song, then my natural instinct is to try to write a better one.”

Phillips agrees, acknowledging that each of the singers also has their own unique songwriting voice.

“Creative influence changes and adapts depending on what instrument you pick up or what situation you're in,” the drummer explains. “This band is its own thing. We all try to play to each other's strengths, but we haven't really spent much time talking about how or why.”

The natural aspect of the band comes out in any discussion of Radar State’s music. The band as a whole agrees that this is something that just makes sense, given the fact that they’ve all shared the stage in some shape or form over the years. A sense of mutual appreciation and respect really drives the band, and the fact that all four are friends certainly helps.

“It's funny we haven't done something like this sooner,” Berwanger muses. “We all live close to each other and want to continue making music and there is no better way to do it than with not only friends, but people you respect as musicians and songwriters.”

With members name-checking The Damned, Pegboy, Undertones, Seaweed, Dillinger 4 -- as well as a universally-held appreciation for ‘70s power pop -- it’s unsurprising that Radar State’s sound is guitar-driven and hook-laden, reminiscent of vintage Lookout Records pop-punk.

After releasing their debut 3 Songs EP in 2017, the group played a handful of shows with stints as support including Say Anything, and performed at Riot Fest 2017. The band is back with their debut full length album “Strays” set to be released on January 11th, 2018 via Wiretap Records.

The title track from the album “Strays” is the first offering from the new record.

"Sometimes folks end up in difficult situations and they need to get out of. This song is about helping people even if you don’t get along with them. Having compassion for everyone that is in need of help." Matt Pryor

Catch Radar State on tour supporting the new record from January 24 – Feb 9th. With stops in Boston, Brooklyn, Philly, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and more.
Aspiga - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Aspiga bleeds sincerity. The music often feels like an old friend you can always count on: honest, familiar, and entirely willing to go below the surface to get to the center of things. Day’s lyrics and vocal delivery are wonderfully human. There’s no shying away from the drain of self-reflection, imperfection, or the moments of suffering and doubt that plague all of us. His lens on life comes off as rife with truth and candor. Real talk, if you will. The band’s songs, driven by McVey and Solowij’s locked-tight rhythm section, are thought out and draw from pop-punk’s mature sides as well as classic-era post-hardcore and emo. Although accessibility and hook appeal abound, it’s evident that the songwriting involves going out of the way to break the mold and keep listeners guessing.
Cabana Wear - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Cabana Wear
Cabana Wear hails from Philadelphia, PA. Their debut record is fuzzy and superbly hooky. Some would say the band is playing hooky and they're not afraid to be caught. That's what being catchy is all about. Playing hooky. It comes as no surprise the band has 40 total fingers amongst its members. Same amount of toes. That's good enough for me.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125