Johnny Brenda's presents


Pond, White Birds

Tue, March 20, 2012

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


This event is 21 and over

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

Oberhofer - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Emotion is what drives the psychedelic catchy pop rock tunes crafted by the oft- effervescent Brad Oberhofer. 

Drawing on influences ranging from Brian Wilson to Descartes, the 21 year old is fixated on the idea of making philosophically minded, energetic melodies that just make people smile.
"Music is this thing I just inherently do and psychologically, I have a desire to make as many people happy as possible. Music helps you think about stuff, it helps you feel, you know?"
With an unforgettable way of speaking directly from the heart, Brad Oberhofer's songs have a pulse that form the very core of what makes Oberhofer, Oberhofer. To put it quite simply, a great Rock & Roll band.

Armed with a belief that you spend your entire life searching for the socially aware version of the 5 year old “you”, he tries to inject each song with the innocence felt by that same kid, sitting on the couch of his parents house playing the broken guitar he spent months teaching himself how to play.
Referring to his songwriting as "a time capsule of exactly how Iʼm feeling at a particular moment", each song on his forthcoming debut, Time Capsules II, is a clear, unrestrained look inside the head of Brad Oberhofer. "Gold" is a reflection on two magical weeks spent with a first love that inadvertently initiated his musical endeavors. "Away Frm U” is an upbeat pop song about saying goodbye to that love.
Like most of the impressive debut, the stand-out "I Could Go" shows that above all, his heart is on his sleeve in both his words and everything he creates, a trademark that suits his search for sincerity well.
After moving to Brooklyn from his hometown of T acoma, Washington, to attend New York University, Brad quickly immersed himself in the indie rock community forming the 4 piece which is now quite simply, Oberhofer. Catching the attention of Glassnote Records, the band officially joined the labelsʼ roster over the summer of 2011. Brad recorded the debut album Time Capsules II with legendary producer Steve Lillywhite (U2, The Rolling Stones, Morrissey among others) in Brooklyn last fall and is now preparing for a year on the road, playing shows all across the country, including a performance at this springʼs Coachella.
Itʼs apparent that this year is going to be a big one.
Pond - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
"Pond, an Australian rock band, toppled the stateliness of Britpop anthems into psychedelic turbulence, melting down grandiose riffs or pushing them toward screaming tantrums." -- New York Times

"from sleazy rock excess, to introspective, cracked psychedelia and back again" -- Fader

"Pond...are very good at nailing tracks with best-of-both worlds approach, fusing those indulgent chunks of far-outness with fundamentally solid rock'n'roll tunes." -- Pitchfork

Just as the sun revolves around the Earth, so does the nation's psychedelic pop scene revolve around Pond. Formed in 2008 after good friends Joseph Ryan (Mink Mussel Creek), Nick Allbrook (Mink Mussel Creek, Allbrook/Avery and former Tame Impala stalwart) and Jay Watson (Tame Impala) hit upon the idea of an all inclusive, ego-free collaborative, the boys immediately recorded their debut album "Psychedelic Mango" with a little help from good friend Kevin Parker (the mastermind behind Tame Impala). Not content to sit on their laurels -- Pond followed up less than a year later with "Corridors of Blissterday," a frenzied effort recorded live with an eight piece band at some point (nobody seems to remember exactly when) in 2009. Next up was "Frond," their third album released in 2010 on the back of a serious Prince and Fleetwood Mac binge. This was the point at which things really began to kick off for the lads. "Frond" was a kaleidoscopic classic, dripping with funk and falsetto which hinted at the fact that Pond was maybe a little more than just a footloose collective of ridiculously talented young men.

Enter: "Beard, Wives, Denim." Cue: Widespread mind explosions.

Recorded on a farm a few hours South-West of Perth, "Beard, Wives, Denim" is like one of those old fashioned documents unique in the fact that it couldn't possibly have been made by anyone else, at any other time. Like Regurgitator's "Unit" or The Avalanches "Since I Left You," it's a record born of the eccentricities and small geniuses of the individual members, yet delivered as a deeply satisfying and hugely inclusive whole. Kicking off with the driving pop of "Fantastic Explosion of Time," turning left at fuzz junkie funk on "Moth Wings" and landing in a back porch rocking chair with "Moreno's Blend," "Beard, Wives, Denim" is a triumph of the eclecticism and good humour that drives everything Pond do.

Unsurprisingly, upon the album's release in March last year, ears all around the world pricked up and started to take notice. The band hit North America playing 31 shows including eight at South by South West -- where they were one of the most talked-about bands of the festival, lauded by the likes of Stereogum and the New York Times. From there, they returned home to Australia and into a sold out national tour before unleashing their mighty live show upon the UK and Europe, forcing the NME to tout them as the "hottest band in the world right now" as well as proclaiming "Beard, Wives, Denim" as "quite possibly the best album released to far this year."

Not ones to rest on their laurels, Pond have just gifted to the world their 5th LP in as many years, "Hobo Rocket." Recorded in July 2012, mid-Australian tour on the back of their US, UK and European adventures, Hobo Rocket is 40 minutes of imperfectly perfect emotion, aligning with the band's MO to capture the intensity and rawness of a Pond live show. As anyone who has experienced this will tell you, it's pretty much like a punch in the face. A punch that you really really really freaking enjoy.

Nick describes the release as ."..kind of mindset of finding our own little place in music, and being more of a functioning band, which is what makes it noisier and denser. This one we went as brutally hard as we would at a show. We wanted the songs to sound loose and live."
Singles "Xanman" and "Giant Tortoise" have been gathering airplay around the world like snowballs in an avalanche and the accolades and praise are following suit.

All of this ain't too shabby for a band dreamed up one afternoon under a mulberry tree and, with the next album already written (keep an eye out for "Man, It Feels Like Space Again") fermenting in Pond's extremely fertile mind grapes, it won't be long until we see the next chapter in this remarkable triumph of just playing it cool.
White Birds - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
White Birds
White Birds, a visual signifier of the end of conflict, and also the name of a band that found its genesis in just that conflict. Upon splitting their former troupe Drink Up Buttercup, James Harvey, Farzard Houshiarnejad and Mike Cammarata regrouped and sought peace musically. They dialed down the aggression and found a pensive, somber tone to soundtrack the parallel breakdown of Harvey’s relationship – something that dissolved at an equal rate to the crystallization of the songwriting that will become White Birds debut LP. The staggering vocals and memorable hooks remain, but the band has taken their music to a new place.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125