The End of America & Friends - Holiday Show

Johnny Brenda's Presents

The End of America & Friends - Holiday Show

Oldermost, Mesmeric Haze

Sat, December 8, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

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

The End of America - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
The End of America
The End of America is a band of friends, singers and travelers who blend three-part harmony with rock and Americana. Based in Philadelphia, their sound resonates with fans of Ryan Adams, CSNY and Dawes.

All frontmen of previous bands, Brendon Thomas, James Downes and Trevor Leonard met on tour in 2005. A few years later they went on to form a trio that highlights their vocal chemistry and songwriting. TEOA recently wrapped the recording of their debut LP, a follow-up to their previous EPs, Shakey and Steep Bay. Joining forces with longtime friend and engineer Dave Downham in the producer’s chair, the band tracked 11 new songs at nearby Gradwell House Recordings in Haddon Heights, NJ. The self-titled album is due out September 2, 2016.

The End of America has performed at SXSW, Philly Folk Fest, Savannah Stopover and the Baltimore Folk Fest. They have shared the stages with Larry Campbell, David Bromberg, Gary Louris (The Jayhawks), Simone Felice (The Felice Brothers) and joined Beck in Los Angeles to perform at his Song Reader album release show. The trio's appearance at the show aired live on KCRW and received praise from Spin, Filter and The Hollywood Reporter.
Oldermost - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Oldermost is “not constrained by such simplicity of genre labels. They melt together southern-rock, pop, folk and soul into something dusty, jarring, tangled and sweet” (Pop Dust).

Their music gives you the impression that the band continually reaches their hand into some version of the American Songbook, some broad tradition of American music constantly subjected to recurrent revision. But whatever Americana means, or in whatever way that Oldermost is American, per se, it would be because of the where they call home--Philadelphia, a city rich in its resilience and home to some of the most exciting rock n roll bands in the modern musical landscape.

Oldermost is proudly a product of its environment: it is the “latest in the suddenly long line of hazy, phased-out Philadelphia folk groups” (FLOOD).

The music is both familiar, yet fresh. It hints at nostalgic without stumbling into kitsch. At some moments the music sounds urbane, almost high-brow and literary, and at others times, its wild and unrefined--a late night argument over cheap domestics.

Even the name, an outdated modifier plucked from a ghost-town dialect of the American “Wild West,” is delightfully and intentionally ambiguous enough to be claimed as the handle for a band that tends to wiggle out of your hands if held too restrictively to one specific genre or influence. While listening, you may feel at home yet you quickly realize that is somewhere you have not been before. The landscape is familiar, but fresh—a warm place that draws you in, a beautiful and melancholic flame that attracts, comforts, heats, and burns.

Last year they teased their fourth release, How Could You Ever Be The Same?, with the premiere of two songs, “Honey With Tea” and “Finally Unsure.”

“Honey With Tea” is “a satisfying, Wilco-esque delivery against a cinematic backdrop,” writes WXPN’s “The Key.”

On “Finally Unsure” The Line of Best Fit writes, “Chiming guitars reverberate across layers of organ-style synths and bright acoustics as singer Bradford Bucknum's drawl extends far beyond the track's sustained notes.”

The song “opens like a sunrise, steadily illuminating more and more of itself with each instrumental addition until what we have is nothing short of a spectacular, bright song,” writes WXPN’s “The Key.”

How Could You Ever Be The Same?, the band’s first record on AntiFragile records, is self-produced by the band, mixed by Jeff Ziegler and mastered by Ryan Schwabe and will be released July 2018.
Mesmeric Haze - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Mesmeric Haze
Mesmeric Haze started with a Craigslist ad. This one brought together Brian McBrearty and Jeff White, and they quickly bonded over a shared fanaticism for The Grateful Dead, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, a love of the guitar and shockingly similar life experiences. Kindred spirits, as the saying goes. The duo enlisted Brian’s brother Sean on bass and the trio spent the spring and summer of 2016 jamming in Sean’s basement. Raw, free-form and esoteric, the basement jam sessions allowed the trio to learn and grow together, finding common ground and developing the shared language necessary to construct transcendent musical moments on the fly.
Shortly after the group began rehearsing in Jeff’s basement recording studio, James Aten joined on drums. The fully formed Mesmeric Haze dedicated themselves to the task of writing and rehearsing and debuted as a live, gigging entity in July 2017. The gigs proved what The Haze themselves had already grokked: that there was magic here. Cosmic twin-guitar explorations reminiscent of seminal 70s NYC group Television, a chooglin’ Crazy Horse-esque rhythm section, as well as Brian’s Lou Reed-ish vocals and Jeff’s twangy delivery, all result in a psychedelic stew that is melodic and far out, pastoral and kaleidoscopic, enchantingly hazy and fuzzed-out. Mesmeric Haze exhibits a group-mind consciousness that, when things really get cookin’, reaches outside themselves and transcends space/time, touching souls with love and joy and surrendering to the notion that we all are more than this mortal coil.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125