The 4th Annual Bigger Lovers/Photon Band Holiday Spectacular on Ice, The Bigger Lovers, Photon Band

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The 4th Annual Bigger Lovers/Photon Band Holiday Spectacular on Ice

The Bigger Lovers

Photon Band


Fri, December 2, 2011

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


This event is 21 and over

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

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The Bigger Lovers - (Set time: 11:15 PM)
The Bigger Lovers
Back when file “sharing” still represented a moral dilemma for most, The Bigger Lovers took a few hacks for the fences.

The Philly quartet released three albums of harmony smacked guitar pop that fell squarely between Failure Rock (see: Chilton, Alex; Star, Big), Pub Rock (see: Rockpile; Lowe, Nick), Record Geek Rock (The Move, The Soft Boys, The dB’s), and Bands That Start With “B” Rock (Beatles, Byrds, Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield).

They toured a bunch. People wrote nice things. They found a small yet spirited audience. They wrecked vans. They slept on couches.

And then in 2005, if for no other reason than to quit while they were ahead and still speaking, they stopped. Though the fact that most of the people who were into the band got their records for free anyway (rock scribes, record store employees, managers, promoters, road managers – dudes, mostly) might have had something to do with it.

And then in 2011 The Bigger Lovers returned, with a vinyl reissue of their 2001 debut How I Learned to Stop Worrying, with a digital-only EP of new-old tunes called The Little Giant Maxi Single, and with a handful of shows.

And now they’re back again, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their critically acclaimed (FOUR STARS! Said Rolling Stone’s David Fricke) sophomore album “Honey in the Hive.”

As for the future? As long as there are 40-something dudes that like to hang out until last call getting loaded and discussing The Move at great length, The Bigger Lovers will be happy to entertain them.
Photon Band - (Set time: 10:15 PM)
Photon Band
The Photon Band’s varied sounds are as much a part of the expansion of the universe as time itself. They have been playing and recording loud, fast, quiet, slow, melodic, chaotic, sloppy, impassioned tunes since longer than you can remember. Pitchfork once stated that the Photon Band “sounds as though someone slipped powdered glass into a wad of bubble-gum.” At the heart of their sonic tumult is the addled mind of founder, Art DiFuria, who skipped town in the summer of 2010 for sunnier southern climes amidst rumors of an extended dormant phase for the band. As it turns out, such speculation was greatly exaggerated. DiFuria has continued to write and record and he will amble up the coast in time to once again fill our club with his cacophony of inspiration, with the help of his ever-willing Photon Band accomplices. Leave earplugs at home at your peril.
JZA - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
Philly's Jay Laughlin is best know as the singer/songwriter/guitarist for the bands Like A Fox and Lenola. Every now and again he steps out from behind the full band experience to strip his songs down to just a voice, an acoustic guitar and his trusty sampler. It's not your typical singer/songwriter affair as there's still a ton of sounds and noise, but this setting let's his songs stand in the forefront.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125