The Original Sins

Johnny Brenda's Presents

The Original Sins

St. James & The Apostles, St. John's Alliance

Fri, April 12, 2019

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

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

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

The Original Sins - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
The Original Sins
The Original Sins were always about their live shows. Sure there were the albums: 1987's debut Big Soul (Bar/None) that somehow got listed among the best albums of the 80's in the NY Times; fuzzed-out ravers like Self-Destruct and Out There; and the diverse, Peter Buck-produced double LP Move, among others.

But to get the essence of the Bethlehem, Pa. based four-piece's real appeal you had to see them live. Whether opening at big venues for the likes of the Ramones, Replacements, Kinks, and Butthole Surfers or playing hole-in-the-wall dives like the Funhouse or the Khyber Pass, it was the live, frenetic chemistry shared by guitarist/singer JT (later to become the more psych/jam-minded Brother JT), bassist Ken Bussiere, organist Dan McKinney, and drummer Dave Ferrara (and later local boy Seth Baer), that brought their hybrid of 60's garage/70's punk/80's noise to kicking-and-screaming life over the Sins' 11 year run.

While there have been several Philadelphia 'Sins' shows in the interim since their 1998 farewell, none have included all the original members until now."I love to play those songs," says lead-man JT, "and they sounded OK with other guys, but it was never quite the same. Something extra happens when we all get together, and I guess part of that is the collective memories from all those crazy shows. We feed off that and it's sort of like going back to younger times. And I think the audience may feel that too."
St. James & The Apostles - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
St. James & The Apostles
Philly's own family trio of soul-stirring psychonauts. Cousins James Mahon (guitar), Mike Kiker (organ/bass), Jeff Castner (drums) are going on their 9th year of killin' it on stages all over with holy hellfire! Despite being related, they all grew up under different circumstances and influences. They came together in the summer of 2010, just as all of their previous musical projects had folded, with a shared sense of purpose to have a band that allowed for unbridled creativity and intensity both live and in the studio.
They've released 3 albums so far; "Baphomet" (2012), "Via Dolorosa" (2014) & "White Devil" (2016), with their upcoming 4th album "Black Psalms" due out in the latter half of 2019. You will not hear a trio with a sound as big or a show as lively as theirs in this century. Their style is often difficult to categorize, but no matter what you call their music, the intensity of the live shows have been their calling card since the day one.
St. John's Alliance - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
St. John's Alliance
St. John's Alliance got it's start in the burgeoning Lehigh Valley, Pa. music scene of 1983. The band's winning hybrid of mersey-beat jangle and folk-rock chime won it a loyal following in local clubs, providing warm contrast to more hard-edged up-and-comers like the Creatures and Original Sins; in fact, all three acts would at one time or another employ the potent rhythm section of Ken Bussiere and Dave Ferrara (who will be playing this, their 35th anniversary reunion show, as well).
But it's the bittersweet harmonizing of songwriters Ron Vail and Jon McNamara
that really defined the group's sound, as heard on St John's highly sought-after 1984 7", "Mark My Word b/w "No One Sees". Echoes of the Zombies, Byrds, and Left Banke mingle with the good-time vibe and 30 seconds into the first song you're probably going to be smiling.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125