Johnny Brenda's Presents


Busses (Record Release), Rosu Lup

Tue, July 8, 2014

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

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

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

Avers - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Inspired by chance encounter, Avers was formed over the course of ten nights of writing and recording–an absence of expectation, and the beauty of an unexpected result.
Chemistry, a substance generally cultivated on rare occasion, materialized instantly while members James-Lloyd Hodges (Farm Vegas), James Mason (The Mason Brothers), Adrian Olsen (Hypercolor), Alexandra Spalding (Lost in the Trees) and Tyler Williams (The Head and The Heart) explored ideas and sounds that resulted in their debut album, Empty Light. Within the confines of a two-hundred-year-old farm that houses Montrose Recording (Richmond, VA), ghosts echoing from a Flickinger console once owned by Sparklehorse; fires burned until first morning light. Five new friends trusting in the unexpected, following the creative tide. These elements reveal the heart and soul of the band itself.
Avers is defined by creation within a moment – a trust that music recorded so close to its inspiration has a certain magic that is valid/rare in a world of over-thought perfection. Their debut spans a psychedelic spectrum of musical light; ethereal, cathartic, and illuminated from within by raw emotion, blending the aural colors which fill the space of Empty Light.
Busses (Record Release) - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Busses (Record Release)
Direction. Motion. Progress. These words aren’t typically used to describe a rock band, but it’s the best way to break down Wizard of the Eye, the new album from Busses. The Philadelphia trio’s latest expands on the genre-slashing ambitions of its debut, charting new destinations on the post-rock spectrum. Dave Brett, Jason Bachman and Nick Apice continue to hone their collective gift for writing complex yet concise arrangements. Paint-pealing guitars and cavernous drums remain trademarks, but a heightened attention to dynamics defines these songs, and a reflective haze softens the edges.

It’s tempting to say Busses is experimenting with different textures, but the 10 tracks on Wizard of the Eye don’t sound like experiments. Decisive shifts in mood provide a kaleidoscopic backdrop for harmonies that are rich and layered. Even the most fragmented compositions feel meticulously plotted and carefully arranged, yet never overlabored. Nautical themes are folded into a jagged frame on “Bubbles,” which opens with restless bass-driven post-punk streaked with ear-splitting howls before simmering into gentle chords spread over a soothing rustle. “Rain” and “Big Surprise” are underpinned by lush horns that thicken and elevate the melodies, broadening the group’s tonal palette.

At the helm is singer-guitarist Brett, whose elastic voice reflects the band’s range. On the drifting, weightless reverie “Overload,” he works in a delicate, tentative whisper, a giant leap from the ecstatic release he delivers on the powerful title track. Thick and intricate countermelody comes from bassist and keyboardist Bachman, who locks in effortlessly with Apice’s polyrhythmic drumming, rooted in an unwavering pulse that also breathes organically. Busses wring multi-faceted ideas from a few key components, but ultimately this is music to get lost in. Brett sums it up best on the terrestrial drone of “Radio”: “These are the words, and here are the chords/This is how it goes.”

-Areif Sless-Kitain, July 2014
Rosu Lup - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Rosu Lup
"Backed by strings and light orchestrations, the core trio blends beautiful Americana-esque harmonies with the powerful elegance of cello, violins, and a bit of trumpet. Rosu Lup’s dynamic orchestrations stitch together a variety of thoughts and sounds seamlessly. I’m not one to catch too many trends before they happen, but this is definitely a band you should keep your ears on." (Elizabeth Mazenko, WXPN|The Key)

Though compared to acts such as Horse Feathers or Great Lake Swimmers, Rosu Lup has managed to achieve a sound that is "wholly Rosu-Lupien" (Fred Knittel, WXPN). While strings, brass, and woodwinds have become a common element in what the band presents, their lush harmonies and undeniable chemistry make this band something special.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125