Bardo Pond (Record Release)

Johnny Brenda's Presents

Bardo Pond (Record Release)

Sparrow Steeple, Eric Arn

Fri, March 31, 2017

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


This event is 21 and over

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

Bardo Pond - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Bardo Pond
The world’s most essential psychedelic rock experience should defy rational explanation and scholarly deconstruction. No tablature can define for you what these latter day cosmic couriers bring to the table, no lyric sheet will give you access to their text; you put the music on, close your eyes, and dream your equivalent of the pond into existence. Bardo Pond has the outward specifications of a rock band — guitars, bass, keyboards, drums, occasional but crucial flute and violin and vocals — but the rivers that converge into the band’s oneiric flow have their headwaters in the outlands of ecstatic jazz, free noise and the avant-garde. Their slow-motion avalanches of churning instrumentation and voice suggest drugged states but don’t necessarily require them.
They alter brain chemistry by the alchemical effect of distressed sound alone, aspiring to become engineers of the soul’s passage to alternate states of consciousness.

At the foundation of the pyramid, the drums of Jason Kourkounis and the bass of Clint Takeda lay down a sinewy, sexy and hypnagogic bottom end. At the centre of the pyramid, the twin guitars of John and Michael Gibbons send out emissaries of fire, flaying flesh from bone in a storm of holy liberation. Isobel Sollenberger inhabits the place where the pyramid meets the eye of their storm, weaving fibres of voice, flute and violin through the din.

I heard someone comment recently that the limits of music have now been defined, bracketed by John Cage’s silence at one end and Merzbow’s maximum noise at the other, leaving only the option of filling the spaces in between. Bardo Pond demonstrate how much scope there is to innovate within that continuum. If rock music is to have any relevance in the new millennium, it is bands like Bardo Pond that will make it so.
Sparrow Steeple - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Sparrow Steeple
Sparrow Steeple are a group made up of members of the Strapping Fieldhands fronted by contemporary visual artist Barry Goldberg. Originally created years ago by Strapping Fieldhands members Bob Malloy & Jeff Werner along with Barry Goldberg as a side project, Sparrow Steeple has surged forward recently with a new impetus to record and play live. A new LP will be coming out soon on Richie Records. The line-up now includes Bob Dickie and Jacy Webster, both from the Strapping Fieldhands, and Harmonica Dan. Expect psychedelic music.
Eric Arn - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Eric Arn
Eric Arn has mined the farthest regions of avant-rock, free improv, drone and psychedelia beginning in the Crystalized Movements in the 1980s, and continuing with Primordial Undermind for over two decades. He will release his second solo album on Feeding Tube Records this winter.

"Wonderful… a wiggly workout recalling the slurred phrasing of late period John Fahey with gracefully ugly experimental gestures. Great stuff." - Byron Coley, The Wire
"Eric Arn’s first solo album ‘Points of Fissure’ is a true psychedelic masterpiece... a tremendous blur of adventure" - KN,
"spellbinding, wide-horizoned American primitive workouts and blissed out, rapturous passages of near-holy abstraction" - Ned Netherwood,
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125