Stereo League
Johnny Brenda's Presents

Stereo League

Weekender, Party Muscles

Ages 21+
Stereo League with Weekender and Party Muscles at Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia
  • 8 PM - Doors
  • 9 PM - Party Muscles
  • 10 PM - Weekender
  • 11 PM - Stereo League


What began as a few musical sketches that songwriter Alex Savoth had composed in the living room of his sunny West Philadelphia apartment in 2016 blossomed into the ever-evolving Stereo League. After previously fronting several Philadelphia bands, Savoth had become disillusioned with the idea of a traditional “band,” So, on his own, he wrote songs and began recruiting a collective of friends who helped him shape what would ultimately become Stereo League’s debut album “A Light on Each Side.”

Each song required a different touch, and thus “A Light on Each Side” features a total of 12 collaborators. Former band members, childhood friends and even a few new connections converged to build an album that both showcased Savoth’s contemplative songwriting, while also introducing a fresh sound that walks a line between overdriven rock and roll and atmospheric americana. Upon its release in 2018, “A Light on Each Side” was very well received by the local scene, and Stereo League was quickly named Artist to Watch by Philly’s WXPN.

As Stereo League began to transition from an amorphous recording collective to a bonafide live act, a roster of five core musicians emerged: Alex Savoth (guitar and vocals), Dan King (lead guitar), Mitch Beer (bass), John Hildenbrand (keys) and Gusten Rudolph (Drums). While honing their live show in 2019, bringing their shimmering rock and roll to New York, Nashville and everywhere in between, Stereo League realized they had so much more to say. In between live performances the band worked on a follow up to “A Light on Each Side,” the EP “Natural Mystery.”

“We had a lot of residual feelings after finishing ‘A Light on Each Side’ and I think a lot of those feelings made their way into this EP,” Savoth says. “A lot of the lyrics speak to how hard it can be to just let go.”

“Natural Mystery” showcases a more solidified band coming into their own. The soulful melodies on the title track lure listeners into a world of intrigue. Within this world, Stereo League isn’t afraid to walk across genre lines and explore new sonic landscapes. From the sprawling heartland rock of “Just Enough,” to the screeching guitars of “Ravenous,” this is a band set on showing their versatility.

“There’s something magical that can happen when you allow talented friends to transform your ideas,” says Savoth. “This project is about community. It’s about new and old friends and the impact that we have on each other as artists. I’m so honored to have such incredible musicians working with me and I think that ‘Natural Mystery’ is a solid taste of what’s to come.”

Though touring brought the band to cities across the country, it was back home in Philadelphia where “Natural Mystery” came to life. Recorded at Retro City Studios in Germantown, and mixed at Spice House Sound in Fishtown, “Natural Mystery” sees the addition of new collaborators into the league. Philly singer-songwriter Lucy Stone offers ethereal vocals and co-wrote “Just Enough” alongside Savoth and King. Another local musician, Vincent John co-wrote the title track with Savoth, as well as played guitar on the song.

This collaborative “league” mentality is what fuels Savoth. “Dan, and I grew up in the same town and have played in several bands together. The musical bond that we’ve built over the years is a very big part of Stereo League,” he says. “Dan has always helped me shape my ideas and figure out the best way to say things, both musically and lyrically. In fact, everyone that has touched this project, has in some way strengthened my voice. With each new collaboration, the league continues to grow into something slightly more than just a “band.”


Weekender is an American psychedelic/dream-pop band established in Philadelphia by singer and multi-instrumentalist Derek Sheehan in 2013, self-releasing their debut EP, Spanish Peaks, early that year, before it was picked up by the Brooklyn-based, independent label, PaperCup Music. The EP was well received by the indie blogosphere - featured by Interview, Diffuser, and making Reddit's “2013 Best Of…” list. The 2016 release of Floaty Feeling, Blue saw more accolades with features on Indie Shuffle, Consequence of Sound with the title track of landing on the coveted Spotify ‘New Music Friday’ playlist. The success of the records landed Weekender local opening, or touring support slots with bands such as Future Islands, The Growlers, Nothing, Surfer Blood, Besnard Lakes, Quilt, Israel Nash, Peace, and Field Report, while building their own strong following.

After supporting Floaty Feeling, Blue, Sheehan began writing new material, and sharing it with the band (Brendan McGeehan, Steven Rosplock and Daniel Mudd) to try a more collaborative songwriting approach. Sheehan and synth player, Daniel Mudd, quickly found musical chemistry and began writing and producing demos. They moved in together for eight months to work on new music as often as possible. Mudd’s background in electronic music and hip-hop production added a new flavor to Sheehan’s hazy psych pop sensibility. “We would get together to work on demos, and explore the songs in a super open way avoiding being precious,” says Sheehan, “everything was on the table. We would try different things like taking the demos and remixing them. The result was usually super cool. I think that is where you often find the best elements of a song, stepping out of your comfort zone, and pushing your personal creative boundaries.” Sheehan adds, “The tracks vary from pretty rock sounding to full on trap hats, kick subs, and hard autotuned vocals. Dan has a heavy sample library so there are all sorts of musical and non-musical samples throughout the record, but contrastingly, there is more acoustic guitar on these songs as well so we dug deep to try and make something unique sounding.”

The title track, Modern Daydream, was the first song Sheehan and Mudd wrote together for the EP. “We were in my basement, and I started playing the main synth arpeggio, and the synth bass line, and Dan started playing the verse chords. The structure of that song came together pretty easily,” Sheehan remarks, “…I wrote the chorus and vocal melody, and Dan wrote the verses. I don’t typically write lyrics with an intentional theme from the onset – I usually let the words flow out, and a line or phrase will start to mold the motif of the lyrics. ‘Modern Daydream’ is a reflection of feeling stagnant and looking for the next phase of life. It speaks to chasing something that we are programmed to chase, and the desire to break out of that cycle – make a ton of money, buy a lot of stuff, make your life look awesome on the internet. In some ways, I think we are all trying to wake up from the modern daydream.”

“Rising was an early song I wrote back in 2016 or 2017. For the longest time I only had the first verse lyrics looped through the song. I don’t think I finished the lyrics until April of this year. Some songs just take longer than others, and you move on and comeback to them when the time is right,” Sheehan muses “but this one is a love song about someone special.”

Sheehan and Mudd tracked material featured on the band’s third EP, Modern Daydream, at Sheehan’s home studio with many additional recording sessions at Retro City Studios in Philadelphia, and bass player Brendan McGeehan’s home studio. “Every member of the band played a role in making this record. Brendan our bass player, and Steve [Rosplock], our guitarist did a lot of the recording and engineering at Retro City and Brendan’s home studio,” Sheehan explains. “Not only is a collaborative record a new thing for Weekender, but also producing, recording, and mixing the record ourselves. It was a big undertaking, but we learned a lot. I really enjoy all the songs on this record. I think they all have something to offer in their own way, and definitely a taste of what is to come.”

Modern Daydream will arrive September 20 on PaperCup Music. Live Weekender will be joined by A Sunny Day In Glasgow drummer Adam Herdnon for September’s Philadelphia and New York shows, with additional fall dates in the works.


Party Muscles are an indie rock band comprised of Colin Mccarry, Beau Everett Gordon, Tyler Pursel And Joshua Strange. The band was formed by Colin and Tyler after the two begin working at a record store together, struck up a friendship and found they shared a mutual interest in melodic garage guitar bands like The Strokes, The Libertines, Parquet Courts and The Hives as well as a shared affinity for power pop. The group melds indie power pop sensibility with a lo-fi rock aesthetic. Their self released debut album “Does It Even Matter” is available for streaming everywhere."

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