Howlin Rain
Johnny Brenda's Presents

Howlin Rain

Performers:
Howlin Rain
Garcia Peoples
Sparrow Steeple
$15.00
Ages 21+
Howlin Rain with Garcia Peoples & Sparrow Steeple at Johnny Brenda's
  • 7PM - Doors
  • 8PM - Sparrow Steeple
  • 9PM - Garcia Peoples
  • 10PM - Howlin Rain

HOWLIN RAIN

Howlin Rain is back on the road this summer. Fittingly, they’ll be celebrating a new

series of limited edition live albums entitled, ‘Under the Wheels,’ while continuing to

support their acclaimed 2018 studio album, ‘The Alligator Bride,’ which Uncut

Magazine called, “classic rock in the most pastoral, sun-soaked ‘70s sense, with traces

of Springsteen at his most gospel, Creedence at their grooviest, Free and American

Beauty.”

Intended to be a direct conversation with fans, ‘Under The Wheels’ is a no-rules,

anything goes series culled from multi-track live recordings made on the road. The

debut installment, 'Live From The Coasts (Volume 1)' leans heavily to the band’s

improvisational side and is the first of a 2-part curation comprised of East and West

Coast performances in 2018-19. It’s set for August 30th release via Howlin Rain

founding member Ethan Miller's Silver Current Records, with Volume 2 to follow in Fall

2019.

"No matter how accomplished a studio album a band makes there is still something

even more elevated and relatable about a live performance captured well. The audience

and musicians engaged in an ecstatic, emotional dance together, the sound of lightspeed

group creativity under heavy pressure, feats of improvised melody and feel

beyond expectation and of course the raw edges, rough corners and deeply human

sound of artists completely exposed in the high temp firing and fusing of their hopes,

risks, vulnerabilities and ultimately triumphs of imperfection and musical joyrides beyond

conscious imagination," says Miller. "That’s my favorite place for Howlin Rain to be and

my intention with the live series is to open a spigot between the fans and these captured

live adventures and to leave it open as an ongoing conversation about our spiritual

dance together.”

'Under the Wheels: Live From The Coasts (Volume 1)' will be available on limited

edition and deluxe/special edition vinyl packages that Silver Current has become known

for, in addition to limited edition cassette and digital formats. Tracks include an

extended ten minute-plus instrumental melodic burner "To the Wind," the show-stopping

first album favorite "Death Prayer in Heaven's Orchard," the rarely performed live acidsoul cooker "Goodbye Ruby" and 'The Alligator Bride' album keystones "Missouri" and

"Coming Down," the latter having grown into a 13+ minute set closer with all controls set

for the heart of the sun.

GARCIA PEOPLES

Consider Natural Facts by Garcia Peoples to be your heady, friendly reminder that it’s alright to let the sunshine in. The second album in less than a year from those lovable New Jersey moptops with the sweet twin guitars, Natural Facts provides a portal to the carefree place that both indie rock and jam bands forgot, and a handy alternative to whatever you may need an alternative from. Bolstering the summer glow of 2018’s Cosmic Cash with flashes of fuzz, teeth, and power, Natural Facts is a natural progression for Garcia Peoples.

The more driving counterpart to its rural predecessor, Danny Arakaki and Tom Malach’s guitars remain at centerstage on machine gun shreds like the album-opening “Feel So Great” and the rolling grooves like “High Noon Violence” (which would fit right in with one of David Crosby’s early ‘70s studio supergroups). Playing cleanly articulated lines that perhaps recall any number of other guitar tandems–Allman/Betts, Verlaine/Lloyd, Jansch/Renbourn–Garcia Peoples’ guitars are most influenced by the sound of two guys hanging out, figuring out how to play guitar together.

With Derek Spaldo (bass) and Cesar Arakaki (drums), the quartet is joined on roughly half the tracks by keyboardist Pat Gubler (PG6, Wet Tuna, Tower Recordings), who–since contributing to Natural Facts–has become a frequent auxiliary Garcia. On the quieter passages of “Patient World,” Gubler’s zones set Tom and Danny’s entwinements into an atmosphere that suggests what the briefly-lived never-recorded Barrett/Gilmour Pink Floyd lineup might have done, given another few years.

Discovering the secret and perhaps even endangered language of riffs, Danny and Tom formed Garcia Peoples in Rutherford, New Jersey in 2011 or 2012, depending when you ask). And over the past year and change, Garcia Peoples have hit launching speed, writing albums’ worth of material too fast to release. While Natural Facts is the perfect introduction to the band’s light-footed cosmic Americana, it’s only one piece of an emerging picture that perhaps Garcia Peoples don’t even quite see yet. The tapers have started showing up for Garcia Peoples, too, keeping track of the evolving song suites. Despite only having one official full-length under their belt, the band barely repeated a song over their four shows during their weekly residency at Brooklyn’s Wonders of Nature. Depending on when you’re reading this, the next Garcia Peoples show will almost certainly contain pieces of album #3 and quite probably #4, too.

It’s been a small, happy wonder to watch Garcia Peoples transmit themselves to the outside world. From up close, they’re almost too omnipresent to keep track of, playing frequently, and out watching shows around Brooklyn on nearly any other given night. Honing their chops first at their respective parents’ places, playing until they had to unplug for the night, Arakaki and Malach would inevitably retire to the 7-11 parking lot. There, they pieced together the emerging jams, fragments, verses, and other stray ideas they had yet to write, until–at least in the Garciaverse–they coalesced into distinct albums. Then they just had to record them. As of this writing, they’re only one album behind. Like a road map with constantly changing coordinates, the Garcias’ master plan is only barely that, but they plunge into the next territory with an infectious enthusiasm.

Tracked in Philadelphia with Jeff Zeigler (Kurt Vile, War on Drugs, Mary Lattimore), Natural Facts isn’t a throwback, as much as Garcia Peoples sometimes accidentally sound like a band one might stumble into at New York’s late Wetlands Preserve in the mid-‘90s. Rather, it’s a newly emerging conversation, songs and structures and solos and duos drawing from the latest and most right-on musicians to cross Garcia Peeps’ collective transom.

The classic rock guitarists of yore might be obvious subsequent touchstones, but bend your ear and newer colors emerge, generated from hours and years of talk and music. Listen close. Nothing inorganic here, just pure Natural Facts.

– Jesse Jarnow

SPARROW STEEPLE

Sparrow Steeple's music exists in its own universe. An imagined utopia (or is it a dystopia?) of wolfmen, murderous wizards, whispering woods & leprechauns. Their second album "Tin Top Sorcerer" arrives near the front end of 2019, just in time for spring to blossom.

Comprised of four members of inscrutable indie legends Strapping Fieldhands (who blazed many musical trails in the Nineties via records for Siltbreeze, Shangri-La & their own Omphalos Records), Sparrow Steeple specialize in mini-opuses that drift & careen haphazardly like Grimm's Fairy Tales sung by Syd Barrett - psychedelic tales of rapturous joy & sinister machinations by creatures real & imagined, all wrapped around dreamlike tunes of avant folk, psychedelia, and outsider music. "Roll Baby"s drunken-tavern sing-a-long is peppered by blistering guitar leads & wobbly harmonica (courtesy of Philly-legend "Harmonica" Dan Balcer) while "Stabbing Wizards" backwards guitar lends a foggy aura of disquiet to the tale of treachery & betrayal. Despite the fantastic yarns spun (see the tragic tale of the "Wolfman of Mayberry", or "Girl of the Whispering Woods"), "Tin Top Sorcerer" has an air of realism - or perhaps "magical realism", that place these songs in a place simultaneously out-of-time and from a possible future, permeated by a sense that these things could actually have happened (or will happen) at some point in our shared existence.

Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125