JOEY SWEENEY YOUR LIFE IS CALLING: The Best Of Joey Sweeney, 1992-2012, PERFORMED LIVE

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JOEY SWEENEY YOUR LIFE IS CALLING: The Best Of Joey Sweeney, 1992-2012, PERFORMED LIVE

With: The Barnabys, The Trouble With Sweeney, Arctic Splash, Bitter Bitter Weeks & more

Sat, December 8, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:30 pm

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

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

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JOEY SWEENEY YOUR LIFE IS CALLING: The Best Of Joey Sweeney, 1992-2012, PERFORMED LIVE - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
JOEY SWEENEY YOUR LIFE IS CALLING: The Best Of Joey Sweeney, 1992-2012, PERFORMED LIVE
Over the last twenty years, Joey Sweeney played too many gigs to count, and has written a wild array of songs: Songs that chronicle loves won and lost; songs about cities and neighborhoods; songs about the human condition; songs about himself, of course; and yes, songs about people he doesn't like very much.

Now, in one night, on the occasion of his 40th birthday, he will be forced to answer for all of it.

Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime evening, where Sweeney will reunite his two major earlier groups -- THE BARNABYS and THE TROUBLE WITH SWEENEY -- as well as play with his new band, ARCTIC SPLASH, and in between, play with a small roster of friends and colleagues from all the way down the years.

THE BARNABYS were formed in 1990, when Sweeney was 17. Inspired by the both the burgeoning acoustic rock movement at the time like the Violent Femmes as well as UK acts such as Felt and Lloyd Cole & The Commotions, the group played around Philadelphia constantly. They then issued one album and one EP, both critically acclaimed, both produced by Adam Lasus, before Sweeney went solo in 1993. Sweeney then spent six years in the solo wilderness, producing two albums of material and beginning his prose writing career in earnest as a staffer for the Philadelphia Weekly.

THE TROUBLE WITH SWEENEY came together in 1999 when Sweeney reconnected with high school pal Heyward Howkins. Borrowing a more classic Americana sound paired with decidedly more urbane lyrics and songwriting, the group enjoyed a long-term partnership with Brian McTear (who'll be appearing at the show under the Bitter Bitter Weeks moniker) and made several records for the Burnt Toast Vinyl label. Each one received lavish praise nationwide and saw the band loop the country several times. The album I Know You Destroy is considered to be the band's masterwork, and the follow-up, Fishtown Briefcase, garnered a 7.8 on Pitchfork and is probably the first time many people ever heard of Fishtown.

Which brings us to ARCTIC SPLASH. Named after the cheap and popular yet deadly sweet iced tea-type beverage that haunts the corner stores and bodegas of Philly's poorer neighborhoods, this proudly Rock With A Capital R group aims for the same things: To be cheap, popular and deadly sweet. Featuring Sweeney in a guitar-less frontman posture for the first time, the group takes influence and guidance from The Ramones, The Rolling Stones, Patti Smith and Pulp. To date, Sweeney has suffered the following injuries sustained at Arctic Splash show: Broken tooth, whiskey poured in eye, numerous slaps and low-grade sexual assaults, and possibly broken middle toe. The group is finishing up their debut album now; Sweeney is also preparing material for a more low-key solo record called Long Hair.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
http://www.johnnybrendas.com/