Broncho

Johnny Brenda's

Broncho

Billy Changer, Pine Barons

Sun, July 9, 2017

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

$13.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

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

Broncho - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Broncho
Blasted grassland, the thin ribbon line of the freeway unspooling beneath wheels, skies stretched wide between mountaintop. It is dream music, foggy, atmospheric, the melodies you hear while you gazing out through fingerprint smeared windows into a constantly moving, metamorphing - landscape….

It makes sense then, that BRONCHO, born out of out a film project, its initial incarnation sparked when founder Ryan Lindsey was asked to create music, “to set to an early 80s punk film.” “That’s all I knew about it,” he remembers, “they were looking for songs that touched this era. And songs kept coming to me and turned something on inside of me artistically.” Lindsey found himself in the midst of prolific run of songs and he liked the idea “of starting out there and seeing where it could go.”

What’s evolved from those first tracks there has been a steady run of success, critical accolades and two full-length albums; 2011’s Can't Get Past the Lips, 2014’s Just Enough Hip to Be Woman. And beneath it all – the music has been constantly mutating and ceaselessly experimental. From that first inception as a soundtrack in 2010, BRONCHO has taken on a life of its' own – initial inspiration still there, but now pushing far beyond the stiff confines of score. And what began as an ode to ramshackle, high-energy early punk has become something deeper, weirder, and much more nuanced. The undercurrent of early 1980 punk is still there, but The Ramones pogo has been replaced more often by a kind of Love and Rockets inspired, honeyed, cotton-mouthed drift.

Double Vanity is Lindsey and band mates Ben King, Nathan Price and Penny Pitchlynn steadily moving ahead, transforming the raw angst of the first record into a sound decidedly more layered and complex. Tracks like “New Karma" or “Two Step" riff off the later explorations of punk, culling up refracted images of John Hughes prom nights, love songs echoing from a boom box held high. "Jenny Loves Jenae" and "Speed Demon" strut with an when 80s met 50s swagger, discord transformed into a jagged, frenetic pop. "Señora Borealis" is all bad boy sneer - sensual, moody, with a sly and predatory swagger. "I Know You" is simultaneously infectious and brooding, somehow both exalting and heartsick.
The result is a record that veers gleefully from BRONCHO’s roots, moving from graffiti spray backrooms into a sleeker, plusher sound, a place bright with the polished gleam of chrome and bleached white sunlight. Close your eyes and what you feel is the raw wound pulse of adolescence, what you see behind your lids is suburban shopping mall wastelands, glazed eyes, dead grass, lips glossed in bubblegum pink. There is the burst chest thump of teenage longing, the smell of hairspray and cigarette. There is glow of neon and the glint of streetlight rolling across hood.
Double Vanity evokes a shared nostalgia, for the past and for the unknown future, as BRONCHO takes a turn off the wide freeways and into a world of intimate, intricate - but always universal - emotion.
Billy Changer - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Billy Changer
The new single from L.A. garage-rock trio Billy Changer represents a monumental leap from anything on their 2014 debut album. “She’s Good To Go” out now, is a taut, muscular rocker that gallops through three minutes over barbed-wire guitar, an ode to a “requiem dreamer” who’s ready to leave Los Angeles. The song is the first single from Billy Changer’s forthcoming album Best of Fortune. The album finds the band — Robert Cifuentes, Jimmy Ramirez and Wyatt Blair — working with producer/composer Michael Andrews, known primarily for his work in film and TV (Donnie Darko, Me and You and Everyone We Know) but who was a guitar fiend back in the day.
Pine Barons - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Pine Barons
Born among the pitch pines of southern New Jersey, Pine Barons is a project that came to fruition as friends gathered around campfires in the nature-rich environments of their hometowns. The band’s beginnings can be traced back to lead vocalist and guitarist, Keith Abrams, and drummer, Collin Smith, meeting in preschool and eventually playing in a series of bands together, getting to know their instruments in their parents’ basements as well as outdoors, adventuring around, exploring an eclectic and intimate palette of punk, jazz and psychedelic rock.

Combining forces with guitar player, Brad Pulley, bassist, Shane Hower and keyboardist, Alex Beebe, the full Pine Barons lineup formed in 2012. New material blended the raw, lo-fi energy of those early days with an infusion of folk, roots and emo. Releasing their first EP in 2013, songs such as “Smile America” and “Carnival” would prove the songwriting and lyrical abilities of these young musicians and set the stage for the next evolution of their multifaceted sound. In one particular instance, the band dripped coffee on a cassette tape to achieve a deteriorating production quality, acutely aware of how such sonic choices would affect the listener from an early stage.

Five years after the group’s formation, Pine Barons proudly unveils their debut LP, The Acchin Book. Eleven tracks of nuanced and emotional rock, the breadth of the band’s collective imagination shines through cohesively and unabashedly. Recorded in Philadelphia at Headroom Studios, songs like “Clowns” and “Hourcoat” masterfully navigate complex rhythms and impassioned vocals, combined with memorable melodies and jazzy flourishes. The nostalgic yet forward-thinking qualities of groups like Animal Collective, Modest Mouse and Velvet Underground come to mind as the record unravels.

Much of The Acchin Book’s unique quality comes from the auxiliary instruments and recording techniques used; feathered paper dragged across paintings, field recordings in the woods at night, accordion, string arrangements and bowed guitars all contributing to the various moods and textures of the record. The songs comprise a collective of philosophical vignettes, each track inhabiting a different setting while dealing with intertwined anxieties about living one’s life and trying to be a good person. While endlessly relatable, it’s a record that could only have been made by these five individuals, whose paths crossing are as much a part of the story as any other found in The Acchin Book.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
http://www.johnnybrendas.com/