The Growlers

Johnny Brenda's presents

The Growlers

Mmoss, The Tweeds

Wed, January 23, 2013

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

$12.00 - $14.00

This event is 21 and over

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

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The Growlers - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
The Growlers
The music of The Growlers is unmistakable.
Sure, you can hone in on some influences baked into the work of this California-bred band.
Heck, even they’d cop to a few, like Ricky Nelson and The Clash. But once those same RIYL
tags have been filtered through the minds and hands and voices of this five-piece, there’s simply
nothing else like it.
The Growlers took the phrase “Beach Goth” as an apt descriptor of their music. Sunburned and
salty, that term perfectly describes their distinctive melding of reverb heavy surf guitar and
Bakersfield-style honky tonk with ‘80s post-punk.
This is especially true of Chinese Fountain, The Growlers’ fifth full-length set to be released on
September 23rd via Everloving Records. The 11 songs found on it are some of the strongest that
they’ve committed to tape yet; a byproduct not only of eight years in the trenches together, but
finely honing their gypsy folk dirges and psychedelic sea shanties to fans at close to 150 shows
each year. The connection between vocalist Brooks Nielsen and guitarist Matt Taylor (the
principal songwriters of the group) has only grown deeper.
“The band played better than they’ve ever played,” says Nielsen. “We’ve got the process down
now. There’s less screwing around to get the songs laid out and we weren’t waiting around for
take after take. We knew it and we played without much time to spare.”
That confidence bleeds through every track on Chinese Fountain, with the band assured enough
to layer in shades of many new influences: the loping ska beat of “Dull Boy” and “Going Gets
Tuff,” the playful disco beat behind the title track, or the Teardrop Explodes-like agitation of
“Good Advice.”

The music of The Growlers is unmistakable.
Sure, you can hone in on some influences baked into the work of this California-bred band.
Heck, even they’d cop to a few, like Ricky Nelson and The Clash. But once those same RIYL
tags have been filtered through the minds and hands and voices of this five-piece, there’s simply
nothing else like it.
The Growlers took the phrase “Beach Goth” as an apt descriptor of their music. Sunburned and
salty, that term perfectly describes their distinctive melding of reverb heavy surf guitar and
Bakersfield-style honky tonk with ‘80s post-punk.
This is especially true of Chinese Fountain, The Growlers’ fifth full-length set to be released on
September 23rd via Everloving Records. The 11 songs found on it are some of the strongest that
they’ve committed to tape yet; a byproduct not only of eight years in the trenches together, but
finely honing their gypsy folk dirges and psychedelic sea shanties to fans at close to 150 shows
each year. The connection between vocalist Brooks Nielsen and guitarist Matt Taylor (the
principal songwriters of the group) has only grown deeper.
“The band played better than they’ve ever played,” says Nielsen. “We’ve got the process down
now. There’s less screwing around to get the songs laid out and we weren’t waiting around for
take after take. We knew it and we played without much time to spare.”
That confidence bleeds through every track on Chinese Fountain, with the band assured enough
to layer in shades of many new influences: the loping ska beat of “Dull Boy” and “Going Gets
Tuff,” the playful disco beat behind the title track, or the Teardrop Explodes-like agitation of
“Good Advice.”
Mmoss - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Mmoss
From the damp and misty woods of New Hampshire emerges the second full length from psychedelic jam warriors MMOSS. The minute we heard the band's 2011 debut on Burger Records they immediately rocketed to the front of our release "wish list". Recorded by the band themselves at home "Only Children" is everything we could have hoped for. The songs swirl and shimmer as the vocals waver and glide together like the trippiest acid test light show. 'Only Children' is a decidedly heavier trip than the debut album paring down the sheer number of tracks in favor of expanded blasts of musical mayhem. 'War Sux' has the motoric kraut of modern acts like Cave while 'Marty Hills' lays down the drone and hand drum a'la Swedish hippies 'Parson Sound'. That being said, MMOSS hasn't lost their pop sensibility - 'Another Day' and 'Another Dream' take you (literally) from mono to stereo with cascading vocal harmonies so sweet, you won't even notice that the hooks have already sunken in. Their vocal interplay affirms an affection for the group vocal stylings of 60's west coast acts like The Rose Garden, Comfortable Chair & The Peanut Butter Conspiracy, taking their melancholic & bittersweet recollections and bringing them to a plugged-in generation. MMOSS is the sound of hippies that took the brown acid and liked it. Live free or die. The vinyl edition of "Only Children" is pressed on 150gram, randomly mixed vinyl & includes an 18 x 24 poster, & download code.
The Tweeds - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
The Tweeds
The Tweeds emerged out of the Main Line of Philadelphia’s suburbs and the campus of Penn State University. Coming together after line-up changes and band mergers The AV Club describes The Tweeds as such:

"...the band, fresh off the presses in Philly’s music scene, could do wonders scoring stoner flicks. But The Tweeds are also remarkably talented musicians...".
Nick Skiles from The Aviso AVW said, "The Britpop influenced sounds of The Tweeds are just plain lovely. The Philly band have psychedelic textures and killer vocal harmonies. They bear some resemblance to bands like Oasis, My Bloody Valentine and Spiritualized, but somehow manage to avoid the bland revivalism that has plagued many similar bands."

The Tweeds recorded and released their first full length album Goliath in April 2011 and include landing the Philadelphia and National Artist of the month for The Deli Magazine in May 2011 have received international attention. With the current Deli and indie blogosphere buzz, the band is making strides to establish themselves along the east coast with upcoming tour plans and more recording projects.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
http://www.johnnybrendas.com/