Caveman

Johnny Brenda's presents

Caveman

Pure Bathing Culture, Son Step

Thu, April 11, 2013

9:00 pm

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

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

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Caveman - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Caveman
Caveman—a five-man vibe collective from NYC—released their first album in 2011. As first
albums go, CoCo Beware was something akin to a moody statement of intent, a blueprint for a
band quickly learning how to create horizon-wide rock songs that were equal parts intimate and
expansive. Initially self-released and later snatched up by Fat Possum for re-release in early 2012,
the record brims over with four-part harmonies, crystalline guitar lines, and tracks that seesawed between echoey lullaby (“A Country’s King of Dreams”) to shoegaze-by-way-of classicFM-radio sprawl (“Old Friend”). The album quickly elevated Caveman from local band to watch
to a sizable touring draw and formidable live act, as evidenced by stints on the road with the
likes of The War on Drugs and Built to Spill. Despite being the work of a brand new band, CoCo
Beware displayed a kind of Zen-like ease. It was the sound a five friends settling into a nice
groove; the music that happens when, for whatever reason, a lot of seemingly disparate
elements finally fall into place.
On their self-titled sophomore album Caveman stretch their legs in a number of different, albeit
cohesive, directions. While the dreaded second album experience tends to be fraught for many
bands, in the case of Caveman it proved to be the opposite. Having ridden a fast-growing wave
of support for CoCo Beware—which, after two years of touring, ultimately culminated in a series
of big hometown NYC shows—recording a follow up proved to be a genuine good time for the
band.
“We all went up to Jimmy’s grandmother’s place in New Hampshire,” says singer Matthew
Iwanusa. “That’s where the new record kind of started. It was literally the attic of her barn, lit up
by Christmas lights. We’d all sit in this one room together and one by one we’d all go into the
bathroom and record ourselves making the most psycho noises possible. It actually felt kind of
like a weird breakthrough. We were all confident and comfortable enough with each other to try
out these experiments, which extended itself into the making of the new record…which is really
just an evolution of this vibe that we’d been cultivating for long time.”
Pure Bathing Culture - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Pure Bathing Culture
It's a rare and beautiful thing when a band emerges fully formed, but it makes perfect sense in the case of guitarist Daniel Hindman and keyboardist Sarah Versprille's Pure Bathing Culture. Having backed folk rock revisionist Andy Cabic in Vetiver, the New Yorkers partnered up and moved West in 2011, settling in Portland, Oregon. Building off their past experiences as musical collaborators, in a short time the duo have created a sound that is undeniably their own: soaring synths, chiming keyboards, and shimmering electric guitars move in lockstep with bouncing drum machines. Sarah's crystalline voice floats on top of it all with divine purpose. It's a sound that looks back momentarily for inspiration — Talk Talk, Prefab Sprout, Cocteau Twins — but then fixes its gaze firmly on the present.
Further developing the sound of their acclaimed four song, self-titled 2012 EP, at the start of 2013 they set out to record Moon Tides, their first full length album. Again, they chose to work with producer Richard Swift at his National Freedom studio in rural Cottage Grove, Oregon. Throughout 2012 Swift had called on the duo to help him with other studio projects (Versprille sings on Foxygen's latest LP and Hindman adds his sprawling guitar work to Damien Jurado's excellent Maraqopa) which only helped to cement the threesome's musical partnership. For Moon Tides they continued where the previous EP left off, bolstered by Swift's belief in the duo's artistic vision and their unique sound, "From very early on, Richard was the person telling us that what we were hearing and wanting to do musically (which at times could feel a little strange or embarrassing to us) was ok and valid and that we should pursue it."
Like the earlier sessions for the EP, they worked quickly in the studio and improvised parts around the basic song structures that they'd carefully composed up in Portland. Dan explains, "Pretty much all tracks (vocals and instruments) are all first or very early takes. Richard is kind of a stickler about this and I actually don't go in with a clean, pristine idea of what I'm going to play on guitar or any other instrument for that matter, so there's actually a lot of improvisation as far as performances in the studio go." The results, like the earlier EP, are astounding: the arrangements feel fresh and imaginative, the melodies are unforgettable and the finished songs, most importantly, feel intensely human and deeply spiritual.
It's this compassion and warmth in Pure Bathing Culture that set them apart. The music is uplifting. It invites self-reflection. It never feels alienating. This, confirms the band, is no accident: "Concepts of spirituality, self actualization, mysticism, new age symbolism and pretty much anything that has to do with humans making sense of why we're all here are all deep, deep muses for us." To that point, even the album title Moon Tides alludes to self-discovery: "We are deeply inspired by the relationship between the moon and the tides. Particularly in the sense that the tides and the ocean are comprised of water and the element water is often associated with human emotion." While these heady themes can be difficult to explore in a pop song, Pure Bathing Culture makes it feel effortless. "Pendulum" is a perfect mid-tempo album opener that pulses and shines. Other standout tracks from the album — "Dream The Dare", "Twins", "Scotty" and "Golden Girl" — are slices of reverb-drenched, soulful, danceable electro-pop, that musically and lyrically tap into an introspective worship of the natural and psychic mysteries that surround us. Pure Bathing Culture's debut album Moon Tides is optimistic modern music for souls who seek to explore the infinite.
Son Step - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Son Step
SON STEP is a unique collaborative effort featuring four active forces in Philadelphia’s new and original music scene. Hungry for exploration, the band’s members are apt to mix up both instrumentation and individual roles. Live performances are often spattered with dual bass or guitar, passages of heavy group drumming, and a communal sharing of vocal duties. This is also characteristic of Spooky Tooth, a 4-song EP and the band’s first studio recording (released in early 2011). Son Step’s sound combines intricate composition, improvisation, gritty electronics, and heartfelt lyricism, while touching upon an array of influences- ambient, post-punk, folk and beyond. Together the four friends create urgent music that should be heard by listeners and audiences seeking something truly fresh and captivating.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
http://www.johnnybrendas.com/