And The Kids

Johnny Brenda's Presents

And The Kids

Ellen Siberian Tiger, Bat House

Fri, April 5, 2019

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

$12.00 - $15.00

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And The Kids - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
And The Kids
Since their earliest days as a band, And The Kids have embodied the wayward freedom that
inspired their name. “When Rebecca and I were teenagers we just lived on the streets and
played music, and people in town would always call us kids—not as in children, but as in
punks,” says Mohan. On their third full-length When This Life Is Over, the Northampton,
Massachusetts-based four-piece embrace that untamable spirit more fully than ever before,
dreaming up their most sublimely defiant album yet.
The self-produced follow-up to Friends Share Lovers—a 2016 release acclaimed by NPR, who
noted that “Mohan’s striking vocals rival the vibrato and boldness of Siouxsie Sioux…[And
The Kids] make music that’s both fearless and entertaining”—When This Life Is Over unfolds in
buzzing guitar tones and brightly crashing rhythms, howled melodies and oceanic harmonies.
Although And The Kids recorded much of When This Life Is Over at Breakglass Studios in
Montreal (mainly to accommodate the fact that Miller was deported to her homeland of
Canada in 2014), a number of tracks come directly from bedroom demos created by
Lasaponaro and Mohan. “The sound quality on those songs is so shittily good; it’s just us
being so raw and so alone in the bedroom, writing without really even thinking we were going
to use it,” says Mohan. “We recorded them right away, and there was a really strong feeling of
‘Don’t touch them again.’”
Even in its more heavily produced moments, When This Life Is Over proves entirely untethered
to any uptight and airless pop-song structure. Songs often wander into new moods and
tempos, shining with a stormy energy that merges perfectly with the band’s musings on
depression and friendship and mortality and love. On opening track “No Way Sit Back,” And
The Kids bring that dynamic to a sharp-eyed look at the lack of representation of marginalized
people in the media. “If you’re not seeing yourself portrayed on TV, whether you’re a person of
color or trans or queer, that can be really damaging to your mental health—it can even be
fatal,” says Mohan. With its transcendent intensity, “No Way Sit Back” takes one of its key
lyrical refrains (“The world was never made for us”) and spins it into something like a glorious
mantra. That willful vitality also infuses tracks like “Champagne Ladies,” on which And The
Kids match a bouncy melody to their matter-of-fact chorus (“Life is a bastard/Life wants to kill
you/Don’t get old”), driving home what Mohan identifies as the main message of the song:
“Don’t die before you’re dead.”
The origins of And The Kids trace back to when Mohan and Lasaponaro first met in seventh
grade. After playing in a series of bands throughout junior high and high school (sometimes
with Averill on bass), the duo crossed paths with Miller in 2012 when the three interned at the
Institute for the Musical Arts in the nearby town of Goshen. Once they’d brought Miller into
the fold, And The Kids made their debut with 2015’s Turn to Each Other and soon headed out
on their first tour. “At one of the shows on that tour, a burlesque act opened for us at a place in
Arkansas,” Mohan recalls. “And then another time on tour, we crashed at a friend of a friend’s
house, and there was a pot-bellied pig sleeping on the couch. That’s what nice about staying at
people’s houses on the road: you never know what you’re gonna see.”
In creating the cover art for When Life Is Over, And The Kids chose to include a picture of
their mascot: a black chihuahua named Little Dog, an ideal symbol for the scrappy ingenuity
at the heart of the band. “Some of the most memorable moments we’ve been through with the
band are like, ‘Hey, remember that tour when Megan had just gotten deported and we didn’t
have any money, and we had to drive all these hours to play for like two people?’” says Mohan.
“That was a real bonding experience for us. And even when it’s hard, there’s always something
good that comes out of it. There’s always a meaning for everything.”
Ellen Siberian Tiger - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Ellen Siberian Tiger
Ellen Siberian Tiger is a 3 piece feminist indie rock band currently based in Philadelphia, PA.
Bat House - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Bat House
Bat House is a quartet of humans creating a shape shifting brand of psych rock. Growing from the gritty and colorful world of Boston’s music scene, the music they create pushes the envelope, shifting in and out of its psych-rock core by playing with jazz, punk, pop and electronic sounds. The band is a vessel for soundscapes that flow between complexity and minimalism. Witnessed live, their performances scoop you up and transport you to a different dimension — where you are locked into the hypnotizing grooves radiating from each member of the band. Meeting in Boston during school, Emmet (Los Angeles), Alexandra (Las Vegas), Shane (St Petersburg, FL) & Kate (Indiana) all come from the far reaches of the United States to bring uniquely different life experiences and influences to the musical process. Their debut ‘self-titled’ album was recorded entirely by the band in their cavernous Boston kkbasement turned DIY music venue in Allston, MA. It was then mixed right upstairs in Shane’s bedroom & released in April 2017. Their new EP is due out Fall 2018.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
http://www.johnnybrendas.com/