The Essex Green

Johnny Brenda's Presents

The Essex Green

A Certain Smile

Mon, August 6, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

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

The Essex Green - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
The Essex Green
Formed in Brooklyn in 1998, The Essex Green released
four albums between 1999 and 2006. They became one
of the few bands from the Northeast to be associated with
the groundbreaking Elephant 6 Collective. Their unique
blend of harmony-infused pop music culminated in the
2006 release of Cannibal Sea.
Sasha Bell, Jeff Baron, and Christopher Ziter were last
seen together in the late aughts, waving from their van as
they bid farewell to Brooklyn. And then, the unthinkable:
The Essex Green went silent. But why? Legal cannabis?
Climate change? Bad oysters? Nothing so dramatic. It
was a simple promise made among them to chase down
their separate dreams: Baron to build a houseboat and
navigate the mighty Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio
Rivers; Ziter to return to his home state of Vermont and
lead local fermentation efforts; and Bell to decamp to
Montana to study elk rutting.
Having achieved their goals or not, they vowed to
break their silence in secret on the frigid waters of Lake
Champlain during the blood moon eclipse of 2015
when the effect of the moon in Libra would be most
powerful. Over the next two years, the three continued
to meet and record in undisclosed locations. The result
is Hardly Electronic, a music mapping of the trio’s
personal journeys over the past decade.
Fans will recognize The Essex Green’s signature sound in
this work of wax: stacks of harmonies, upbeat melodies
telling melancholy tales, layers of keys and sparkling
Telecasters. Their time-honored custom of fusing
obsession with spontaneity has been refined through
experience and wisdom.
Hardly Electronic explores the evolution of old
friendships, the sadness of losing touch, the inadequacies
of technology, and finally, the desire for reconnection
with songs like “Bye Bye Crow” and “Slanted by Six.”
Themes of connectivity for the online generation are on
display in the war cry chorus of “Don’t Leave It in Our
Hands,” while songs like “Bristol Sky” and “January Says”
hint at how the same technology-connected culture can
create division and distance, even in the most personal of
relationships. On the flip side, the wonders of technology
(and jumbo jets) made the recording possible. With Bell
living in Montana, Ziter in Vermont, and Baron on the
river, finding ways to work together was challenging. The
result is classic Essex Green sonic diversity.
A Certain Smile - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
A Certain Smile
Raised on a steady diet of Sarah Records singles, Slumberland noise pop, and Creation Records-era shoegaze, Portland’s A Certain Smile work hard to find that balance between the sweet twee, the fuzzy gaze, and the punky pop. Having settled into their new Pacific Northwest home after years in Philadelphia, A Certain Smile is excited to get back to the east coast for a for a few dates!
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125