Impressionist (Album Release)

WKDU Presents

Impressionist (Album Release)

Lung, Great Weights

Thu, November 1, 2018

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


This event is 21 and over

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

Impressionist - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
An eccentric ensemble based in Philadelphia, Impressionist is a seven-piece psych-rock group that imaginatively merges throat singing, keys, and dissonant guitars, accentuated by saxophone, trombone, and dual driving percussion parts. Their songs graft free-jazz improvisation to classical forms, bolstered by heavy riffage and soaring vocals. Impressionist delivers a listening experience that ranges from melodic to beautifully chaotic.

"Helmed by local sax player Kyle Press, Philly’s Impressionist channel the fearless spirit of late 70s downtown NYC – the free jazz and no-wave and no-wave adjacent art rock community that spawned Sonic Youth, Swans and more. The band is a fearless swirl of sound and energy, roaring guitars and racing drums and spectral horns and keys — the visual metaphor in their band name is apt, and the sound teeters among states of being from desperation to desire." - John Vettese

Come celebrate the release of their new full-length album, There Is No Try! CDs by BunnyCat Records also include the 2015 very long EP / very short album, Keep Trying.
Lung - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Two-piece, comprised of electric cello and drums, based out of Cincinnati, Ohio. Their sound is dark, haunting with a style that defies conventional genre definitions, evoking the driving sludge of early grunge/post-rock, with layered, symphonic dark rock ballads.

Kate and Daisy have had multitudes of projects in the past and draw from a rich range of influences. Daisy was a core member of both the prolific rock band Foxy Shazam and feminist punk band Babe Rage. Kate Wakefield is an ex opera singer who has been writing and performing music with live cello and vocal loops since 2014. Together they create a distinctive, provocative style and an enigmatic live performance.
Great Weights - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Great Weights
Somewhere in the strange void where the witchy ley lines of hardcore, punk, and noise rock intersect, resides Philadelphia's Great Weights, a band born out of anger and neglect. In contrast to the rising “boys club” erupting out of the late '90's/early '00's emo/hardcore movement, Great Weights had formed with the inspired intent to bring down the cis-hetero-male dominated hierarchy of those scenes-- a risky endeavor considering the burgeoning collective isms (misogyny/sexism, racism and queerphobia) that grew as weeds over a once flowering community. Frustrated by a lack of representation along queer, POC and gender lines (identities that some of the band embody and all embrace) and empowered by an increasing need to reclaim that music for themselves, the band took time out from previous and current projects as a weaponized version of their disillusionment.

As much as songs like “Morning Sickness” burst with a wild, feral anarchy, and as much as “After the Drive-In” indeed deconstructs the now tepid and safe restrictions of the song's namesake and that band's many imitators, there seems to be a method to all the chaos. Great Weights doesn't just bark manifestos to the converted but instead slithers, writhes in and out of the gathered mass of black t-shirts and cuffed blue jeans, demanding slivers of space. By the time the dirge anthem “Wild Card” smashes through as the surviving track off their debut EP Plans, invoking the long dormant punk-spirit of Kathleen Hanna, Babes in Toyland's Kat Bjelland, and proto-screamers The Blood Brothers (and by turn, eschewing the sad-boy indoctrination of say, My Chemical Romance), the listener is already immersed in a lush-yet-thorny world of jagged sound. It's a glorious and immediate noise cooked up in a cauldron, born in flames. Great Weights is a band, sure, but it's also something more primordial; a contorting lurch of sound embedded into the fabric of a universe finally shaped and molded by their own design.

-Alex Smith
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125