Sun Airway

Johnny Brenda's presents

Sun Airway

Historics, CRUISR

Sat, January 5, 2013

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


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Sun Airway - (Set time: 11:15 PM)
Sun Airway
Back with a second album of thoughtful new themes, Sun Airway's Soft Fall takes us to an ethereal layer between worlds. The sonically inspiring sub-strata of Soft Fall began in songwriter/producer Jon Barthmus' house in Philadelphia. Classical foundations were chopped, dissected, and sewn back together by a string quartet in one recording studio, with live instruments overdubbed in another, then re-edited and assembled back at home by Barthmus. David Wrench (Caribou, Bat for Lashes, Bear in Heaven) took it all to new heights with some masterful mixing.
On Soft Fall, Sun Airway's pop songs move out of the bedroom and into cathedrals. The songs are hyper-saturated, bright and colorful, spilling from the speakers. They're glistening, based on rich acoustic instruments and layered in synthetic sounds carried along on Barthmus' perfect hooks.
Soft Fall is a place where swirling orchestras play, cupped in the palms of your hands. It's a place where everything belongs where it doesn't; As Barthmus sings, it's "out of time, but still in tune." Listen closely, and you can make out the memories left traced in the rocks; shady shapes of electronic / pop pioneers past and present. Touches of ELO and New Order brush up against hints of modern sounds like M83 and Radio Dept., carried by the subtle breeze of Bjork's Homogenic.
In a landscape of collapsed beats, humming of the life that springs up from underneath, Soft Fall takes you on frosty morning walks through the woods where twinges of psychedelic light escape through the spaces between the leaves. It's Versailles in audio form: grand and beautiful, ornate and complex, surreal and classic all at once.
Historics - (Set time: 10:15 PM)
Everyone needs to see some sweat, but there's a fault with where we think we need to see it, due to this hard-wired Protestant work ethic that's still trying to cool things down. It's got us thinking we have to see you sweat before we'll believe you really mean it. But what about divination? What about gliding with the gift? What about finding the faith to believe some people are just tapped conduits channeling this stuff out with Jedi-Mind-Trick ease? This is where Don Devore's deftness is so dope it can have the affect of arching back around the curve of things toward being a disability. 'Cause really, how can you believe this guy isn't behind the scenes sweating it out like the rest of us? I mean, maybe he is, but if so, he does it like the savvy gentleman that doesn't really exist in this age outside of Graham Greene novels; which is to say, if he does it at all, he does it in classy secrecy
CRUISR - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
CRUISR began in 2012 as the solo project of Andy States and quickly morphed into what
it is today; an indie-pop band whose summery, feel-good hooks are infectious and
stadium ready. 
States wrote and recorded the band’s first EP in his Philadelphia bedroom, fixated on the
idea of what it means to craft a pop song. “I have an obsession with writing pop music
and the idea that songs can transcend people.,” States says. “I saw that producer Jeremy
Park started writing blog articles about how he recorded Youth Lagoon, so I wrote to
him and sent him my songs asking for advice and knowledge. He wrote back and loved
my stuff and helped me produce the first EP.” 
The six-song self-titled EP was released in the summer of 2012 and quickly garnered
attention online and in the press. With all the newfound awareness Andy promptly
realized he needed a band to bring his songs to the stage. “Jon was always my sounding
board. I’d show him songs in the making and get his advice. It only made sense that he’d
become part of CRUISR,” Andy notes. With the addition of Kyle and Bruno the quartet
set out performing whenever possible. And of course, they continued to write.
“The writing process definitely changed once we became a full band. I’ll work on my
computer and bring the idea to Jon. By that time it’s structured and has a backbone,
guitars are figured out etc. Jon elaborates on the idea with drums and it goes from there.”
In late 2013 CRUISR released a new track online, “Kidnap Me,” which attracted even
more positive attention than the EP. Representative of CRUISR as a cohesive unit,
“Kidnap Me” was the first track written as a band and showcases what CRUISR does
best; sunny, warm, indie-pop. “It’s funny because we’re from Philadelphia and we write
songs that sound like summer, which is a fleeting season here. I guess it’s just because
Philly is where we feel happiest, and when we’re happy we write happy music.”
Fast-forward to present day when CRUISR is gearing up to release their second EP, All
Over, which features definitive recordings of "Kidnap Me" and "Don't Go Alone" as well
as the brand new title track "All Over"; all of which were produced and mixed by
Andrew Maury (RAC, Panama Wedding, Ra Ra Riot). All Over demonstrates how
fantastically Andy’s mind is able to translate pop hooks. “How does pop music make
everyone like it so much?” States laughs, “Little kids hear it on the radio and just go
crazy, singing stupid songs. There’s something that’s so smart about it, and a lot of things
that people don’t notice are the key ingredients to writing a pop song. I’m just really into
trying to decipher what those things are and trying to make pop music in our own way.” 

All Over will be released on September 23 via Vagrant Records.
CRUISR is Andy States (vocals / guitar), Jonathan Van Dine (drums), Kyle Cook (bass),
Bruno Catrambone (guitar)
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125