Cold Fronts

Johnny Brenda's Presents

Cold Fronts

Cult Fever, CRUISR, Weekender

Sat, March 8, 2014

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


This event is 21 and over

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

Cold Fronts - (Set time: 11:15 PM)
Cold Fronts
Craig Almquist and Al Smith formed Cold Fronts in 2011. They developed a fan base in West Philadelphia while performing a year-long residency at the infamous Rathaus, which was dubbed “Satan’s dorm room” in the Philadelphia papers. During their final show at ‘the Rat’ 300 people showed up and the police dispersed the hard- partying audience while the band finished their 1am set.
After camping out in a tent during SXSW ‘12 (while simultaneously crashing hotel rooms at Austin’s Driskill), Sire Records founder, Seymour Stein, saw Cold Fronts start a dance party next to a hot dog stand and took their debut EP.

Three hundred days later the band signed to Warner Bros. Records and is now working on their major label debut.

One time Andrew W.K. destroyed their drum set. Another time Danger Mouse bought them $20 Budweisers. The band will be on the road in 2013, doing what bands do, playing live shows of material they have recorded. They will also be eating pizza, a lot of pizza.
Cult Fever - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
Cult Fever
Cultfever is a collaboration between Brooklyn-based musicians Tamara Jafar and Joe Durniak. Their self-titled and self-produced debut album, released November 1, 2011, has been rapidly generating buzz among indie music enthusiasts for its cinematic soundscapes and moments of unhinged romanticism. Within a week of its release music blogs such as The Kollection, Music Ninja, and Music Savage were among the many to hail the debut while veteran music journalist Lorraine Ali (Spin, LA Times, Rolling Stone) commended the album for being “cool and cohesive” and “sublime as it is dynamic.” The glow of early reviews demonstrates a simple, essential truth about Cultfever: their strength is in their range.

Their talent for dynamic story-telling is clear from the moment the album opens with a dramatic drop into its first track, Knewyouwell. Ghostly, soaring vocals thread over and under frenetic synth lines and a pulsing beat which propels the escapist anthem towards a surprise break into starkness and sparcity.

The eight impeccably vivid tracks that follow present a refreshing and unruly inventiveness. Cultfever’s songwriting harnesses a manic energy that explodes out of unexpected arrangements—it’s addictive. In one instance, Farm, the duo weave together psych-rock guitar licks, marching boots, slide whistles, triumphant strings, home-made synths, horns, and quietly seductive—though at times violent—vocal stylings.

Cultfever’s brand of genre-irreverant, intellectual-pop quirk generated “one hell of a debut” (Bowlegs Music Review).

The self-titled album is available online at iTunes, Amazon, Google Plus, and Bandcamp.
CRUISR - (Set time: 9:45 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)
Weekender - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
The Sheehan brothers, Derek and Nic, played in a number of bands together and separately in Philadelphia over the course of a few years, some lasting longer than others, some garnering more attention.

The two made a fresh start recruiting Tom Anthony (Bleeding Fractals) and Emily Cahill (Gypsy Death and You) in early 2013 forming Weekender. Since then their endeavors have won the hearts of many a local, including producer Kyle “Slick” Johnson (Modest Mouse/Wavves), who signed on to work with the band on new material. The quartet peaked the interest of upstart Brooklyn based label PaperCup Music and joined their roster to release their debut EP, Spanish Peaks. Opening for acts like The Growlers and Peace, Weekender's emergence has been warmly welcomed by the Philly music scene and the blogosphere alike.

With the 2013 debut EP, Spanish Peaks ("...a perfect psych-pop daydream."-, tour dates and a follow up record in the works, this young group is quickly building a reputation as one of the hottest up-and-coming acts in the neo-psychedelic scene.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125