I Think Like Midnight

Johnny Brenda's Presents

I Think Like Midnight

Mesmeric Haze, Violet Phase

Thu, January 10, 2019

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


This event is 21 and over

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

I Think Like Midnight - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
I Think Like Midnight
I Think Like Midnight is an instrumental rock band formed by longtime devotees of the lost art of the succinct rock instrumental. Begun as a recording project, guitarist/songwriter Andrew Chalfen (The Trolleyvox, The Wishniaks, Gimme) and drummer Dean Clean Sabatino (The Dead Milkmen, Baby Flamehead) were so pleased with the results that they decided to release the material and put together a full band, recruiting bassist Josh Newman (American Altitude, The Silver Ages, Heyward Howkins Band) and keyboardist Joe Genaro (The Dead Milkmen, Butterfly Joe, Low Budgets).

ITLM’s debut “Warm Seclusion Structure” (a term coined by the National Weather Service) was released in December 2014, surprisingly winning the praise of their instrumental heroes Pell Mell. The band has since honed their live sound, focusing on new material with forays into songwriting collaboration. The band recorded their new album over 2016-17 at Miner Street Recordings in Philadelphia with engineer Brian McTear (The War on Drugs, Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Sharon Van Etten) with additional recording by Chalfen at Trolleyvox Recording, with mixing by McTear and young upstart engineering genius Brendan Monahan.

"This Land Is Your Mind," is robust, expansive, deeply groovy, and definitely road-trip worthy. Highlights include the opener “Daychord,” a big sky driving opus with exultant melodic and sparkling nods to popsters like The Chills, the Krautrock-inflected Surf coolness of “Tuned Mass Damper,” and the epic closer “Miner Pocket Draft Gear,” which deftly mines both Television-like meters and pastoral psychedelic space rock. Lovers of the above-mentioned bands, as well as Yo La Tengo, Spoon, Luna, and The Sea and Cake will feel right at home. Their new 4-song “Kompromat EP” was released in late 2018 on Wilbur Records.
Mesmeric Haze - (Set time: 10:00 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.
Violet Phase - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Violet Phase
Violet Phase is a rock band from Philadelphia. Formed in the fall of 2016 as a trio, they quickly found their mutual stride between the blistered anti-pop of Dinosaur Jr and the heady psych bliss of Spacemen 3. After releasing their debut, Tre Uomini, the band expanded into a four piece and spent 2018 opening up lush guitar driven soundscapes through new tunes and an early autumn recording session. The Violet Phase trip is a heady time; a fresh reinvention of indie jangles, shoegazed swirl, and stoned out fuzz.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125