S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D. Record Release

Johnny Brenda's Presents

S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D. Record Release

Northern Liberties, Cerulean Blue, DJ R@ ThinG

Sat, July 1, 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

S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D. - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D: Sociopathic Time Altering Robot Warrior Of Organic Design

Sent back in time from Planet Vitrus moments before the planet’s destruction in the year 2776 A.D, Gabriel Starwood was created to alter the time continuum in an attempt to control the ever expanding Human Race: intergalactic cosmos devourers and the eventual destroyers of Vitrus. As an advanced cyborg capable of entering and controlling the human body via nanotechnology, Gabriel has inhabited historically influential Earthlings since the dawn of man, from Jesus Christ and Joan of Arc to Angela Davis and The Marquis De Sade.

Accompanied by a small, yet crucial team of Vitruvian Androids, the Propaganda Performance module of the S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D. mission has taken form as a ‘Cyber Rock’ quintet. Raising the awareness of mankind for the sake of the cosmos, a typical S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D. performance centers on the values of the Vitruvian species, their eventual destruction at the hands of the expansionist hordes, and the S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D. prototype’s mass manipulation of the Human race.

The quintet is comprised of a classical pianist, an effected bass guitar, an analog synthesizer, looped and effected vocals, and drums. Theatrical in presentation, primal in execution, and psychedelic in nature, the resulting sound is comparable to that of a woolly mammoth being downed by laser-spears, falling face first into a pagan orgy.
Northern Liberties - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Northern Liberties
Northern Liberties are a three piece band consisting of drums, percussion, bass, and voices. Northern Liberties formed deep underground in the year 2000 as an outgrowth the West Philadelphia basement band scene. Brothers Justin and Marc Duerr, on percussion/vocals and drums, respectively, joined long-time friend Kevin with the idea of forming a band. The unusual instrumentation was a result of the three deciding to work with what and whom they were most comfortable with rather than bringing in other musicians - thus a new and idiosyncratic sound was forged, more out of practicality than any desire to be deliberately offbeat. 

Since forming in 2000, Northern Liberties have slowly and steadily moved in a non-linear direction, exploring and experiencing their collective music and sharing it with others if and when possible. While having no clear 'game plan' other than to participate in the phenomenon of music, Northern Liberties have successfully completed three tours of the USA, as well as recording six full length albums and three 7 inches.

Northern Liberties have been called "the sound of hope and inspiration [...] made me feel something I wasn’t ever planning to feel again" (Andrew Earles, Still Single Blog) "a stage presence that is unparalleled" (WUVT FM blog) "As strong, as menacing, and as idiosyncratic as ever" (Wonkavision), "For fans of underground social change music" (Hussieskunk.com), "Definitely heavy, thoroughly metal" (Punk Planet), "Raw, artistic expression in the vein of No Means No or Shellac" (Lowcut zine), "One of the more intriguing bands I've heard in a while" (Aidabet.com) "Somewhere between the dissonant riff-heavy freakouts of Lightning Bolt, sullen Cure/Joy Division gloom, melodic hardcore marches, and spacey, psychedelic angular avant-punk that touches on USAISAMONSTER, folk, and cosmic effects tripouts, bound together with bizarre feverdream lyrics and really cool zoned out vocals" (Crucialblast.net), "A bit Joy Division, with part Fugazi and an added touch of heaviness" (Slug And Lettuce), and "Something obtuse and beautiful" by the Philadelphia City Paper. The Philadelphia Weekly has observed that "Northern Liberties take their percussive, provocative noise-punk to the lunatic fringe", and it has been written on the WKDU blog that "Each encounter with this band (and once again the live shows especially) is like a baptism in fire, blood, & electricity, and every time I reemerge I'm still convinced that the world is a dark & scary place, but I also have a renewed hope that there still is something resembling magic in this world"...

At the time of this writing (April, 2017) Northern Liberties are somewhat dormant, playing mostly local or weekend shows, due to life circumstances. A seventh full-length album is being conceived, and plans hatched. The band plans to sporadically appear and then disappear, for reasons known only to those closest to the music, as long as the music can still communicate its instructions to them. They extend an inviting hand to all who wish to share in the process, to create and grow community in a time of anxiety and gathering darkness.

Photo: Bernard A. Jones JR.
Cerulean Blue - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Cerulean Blue
Psychedelic pop, aspiring to be philly's next glam rock band.
DJ R@ ThinG
DJ R@ ThinG
Classic Drum N Bass, Dub, Dark Breaks, Drumcore, Postapocko, Lost In Space. Spinning throughout the night!
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125