Modern Inventors (Album release!)

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Modern Inventors (Album release!)

Hezekiah Jones, Shark Tape

Fri, December 28, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:15 pm


This event is 21 and over

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

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Modern Inventors - (Set time: 11:15 PM)
Modern Inventors
"Rock & Roll was made to make you suffer" professes singer Josh Benus on "Selfish Generation," the towering

new single from Modern Inventors. The evocative alt-rock anthem is not so much a damning take on modern music

from the Philadelphia-based outfit, but rather, an honest look at the sacrifice required to discover one’s unique

artistic voice. That's just what Modern Inventors have accomplished with their new batch of material, as Benus and

Matt Kass have expanded upon the carefully rendered arrangements and heartbreaking harmonies of their 2013

debut album "Trains & Aeroplanes" to capture a more vibrant, muscular sound. They've impressed Paul McCartney

and have worked with a Grammy-winning engineer -- now, Modern Inventors are primed for their breakout


"We took time after the first record to re-examine how we wanted the band to sound, and pushed ourselves out of

our comfort zone," says Kass of "Selfish Generation," the first in a series of new singles set for release in summer

2014. While "Trains & Aeroplanes" featured a rustic rock focus that earned the young group comparisons to

Wilco, and multiple performances at this year’s South By Southwest, the group's upcoming material is richer,

catchier and altogether bigger. "There was a turning point where we decided to look outside of ourselves," says

Benus, "and from there, we found our voice."

Much of the following year was spent in studios in Philadelphia, New York, and Nashville, writing songs,

experimenting with the band’s sound, and collaborating on different projects, including the film score for critically

acclaimed HBO documentary “First Comes Love.”

With the help of Grammy-winning engineer Neal Cappellino (Alison Krauss, Brad Paisley, John Fogerty), who

mixed the group’s new singles; Modern Inventors have moved beyond the confines of a singer-songwriter duo,

developing a talent for creating lyrically engaging rock anthems whose layers unfold upon repeated listens.

Since the beginning, Modern Inventors’ ascent has been rapid -- shortly after playing their first show together, the

band quickly found support from Philadelphia’s WXPN-FM, and the radio station asked them to record a Paul

McCartney cover in honor of the music legend’s 70th birthday. After the group’s take on “Every Night” became

popular on WXPN, the version eventually made it to the former Beatle himself, who tipped his cap at the tribute in

an email to the group. “He said he was ‘chuffed,’ which is a British phrase meaning ‘moved,” says Kass.

Modern Inventors will be delivering their imaginative live performances across the country with tour dates

later this year. Discover the blossoming new group's music now, before their mainstream moment arrives.
Hezekiah Jones - (Set time: 10:15 PM)
Hezekiah Jones
Hezekiah Jones is the musical nom de plume for Raphael Cutrufello and a band of like-minded musicians crafting alternative folk music. His catalog of songs sometimes sounds like a post-apocalyptic White Album, as covered by Sufjan Stevens. The biting, sometimes campy vibe only serves to intensify the blow of his sucker-punch ballads. Songs are filled with outlandish characters, imagined landscapes..., ringing harmonies, and baroque instrumental flourishes, but never disconnect from the tangible feelings at their center.
---Peter Marinari, CBS local
Shark Tape - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
Shark Tape
Shark Tape is a three piece rock and roll outfit from Philadelphia, PA. Influenced by the sweet sounds of the Replacements, Echo and the Bunnymen and Roy Orbison, Shark Tape’s catalogue sounds like a mixtape of your favorite songs from a parallel universe. With two EP’s under their belt (2012’s “Shark Tape” and “Eyes On You”) the band will release their full length record in summer 2014.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125