New Madrid / David Barbe and Inward Dream Ebb

Johnny Brenda's Presents

New Madrid / David Barbe and Inward Dream Ebb

Flat Mary Road

Thu, June 15, 2017

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

New Madrid - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
New Madrid
“Compact in some ways, yet expansive,” is how New Madrid's Phil McGill describes their new album. magnetkingmagnetqueen (Normaltown Records) takes a wide swath of influences ranging from the guitar tangle of Television and the tripped-out introspection of Yo La Tengo, to the angular experimentation of Can and the harmonic bath of Magical Mystery Tour; and combines them into something entirely unique.

magnetkingmagnetqueen has it all. The album reveals New Madrid’s evolution and collective growth, resulting in the band’s most complete work to date. “Don’t Hold Me Now” is like Pylon channeling the pre-Tommy Who. “Untitled III” is a pint-sized epic, with several movements in a three-minute window. On the other end is the dark, monolithic stomp of “Guay Lo” and the dirge-like march of “Shades.” Bringing it all together are centerpieces like “Summer Belles” and “Darker Parts,” songs with an undeniable pop sensibility that go through the looking glass and emerge as the sonic amoeba well known to fans of New Madrid’s live performances.

magnetkingmagnetqueen was made with engineer/producer David Barbe (Deerhunter, Drive-By Truckers, The Glands) in two primary locations. The group started out recording at Dogwood Lodge, the site of an unused summer camp on Lake Chickamauga in a large, open room with mobile recording gear over a week in the summer of 2015. More recording and mixing was done at Barbe’s Athens, GA studio, Chase Park Transduction with additional recording at New Madrid’s home base, The Barn.

New Madrid formed in the fall of 2010, and shortly after was approached by Barbe, who invited them to his studio to record their first full-length album, Yardboat. It happened fast. Inspired, they finished in three days.

Signing with Normaltown/New West Records, the band released their sophomore album, Sunswimmer in 2014. A live EP, Dawn Teeth Rattling, was released in 2015.

Since then the band has toured consistently across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. When not on the road, they live together in The Barn (a literal barn located in the agrarian outskirts of Athens) constantly working on new ideas.

magnetkingmagnetqueen is due out April 29, 2016.
David Barbe and Inward Dream Ebb - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
David Barbe and Inward Dream Ebb
“10th of Seas,” David Barbe’s third solo album, and first new album in 7 years, will be released
on June 16, 2017 on Orange Twin Records. Barbe has been referred to as having the most
widespread influence of any single person in the Athens, GA music scene due to his
involvement with so many different artists and projects over the years, from his start playing with
noise damaged groups like Mercyland, Bar-B-Q Killers, and Buzz Hungry in the 1980s and
‘90’s; to his stint as bassist in Sugar(Bob Mould’s legendary post-Husker Du band), with whom
he toured the globe many times and released 3 classic records; to his work as an
engineer/producer on hundreds of albums. The artists with whom he has worked include
Deerhunter, Drive-By Truckers, The Glands, Son Volt, New Madrid, Bettye LaVette, and Muuy
Biien. Many of these were recorded at his Athens based Chase Park Transduction studio.
“10th of Seas” marks a departure for Barbe in that he performed and recorded the entire thing
by himself, playing all the instruments completely solo. Everything. He says, “I wanted this
record to be as close to the original source of inspiration as possible. I tried recording some of
them with other people involved a few times, and it was better in some ways, but always
seemed to lose something in translation. The communication became less personal. The
emotional gravy is the glue.”

Highlights include “Portugese Door,” slippery and melodically complex, and the opening burst
of “Dim Bulbs,” the lyrics of which contain the album’s title. “10th of Seas” is a reference to
exploring the outer reaches of one’s mind. Barbe says, “The phrase ‘sailing the seven seas’ did
not mean just crossing the known bodies of water, but to go around the world and back. To sail
across the 10th of Seas would indicate traversing through the unknown, to have seen it all, and
then some.”

Barbe will tour America this summer in support of the album backed by fellow Athenians New
Madrid, with whom he has produced several albums.
Flat Mary Road - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Flat Mary Road
Flat Mary Road has been playing music in and around Philadelphia together for nearly 10 years. In a decade, the lineup has changed, members have gone, returned and switched instruments. Through these rotations, songwriter, lead singer and guitarist Steve Teare kept writing new songs telling the stories of urban dwellers, roadtrippers, obsessive compulsives, naive heroes and house cats. Songs revolving around leaving the city for the pastoral open spaces of the Northeast only to be pulled back to Philadelphia again and again.

FMR’s guitar-driven sound was formed in basements and attics throughout Philadelphia, drawing heavily on late ‘80s indie rock with flashes of Americana folk and power pop. In 2016, the band recorded new songs at the Headroom in Philadelphia. They released these songs on their third album, “Driving with the Numen,” on Jan. 13, 2017. The album about wheels, cycles, patterns and tendencies -- the things we continue to turn to for better or for worse.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125