Grandchildren, Spaceship Aloha

Johnny Brenda's Presents


Spaceship Aloha

White Bike

Fri, August 28, 2015

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


This event is 21 and over

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

Grandchildren - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Known for their cinematic orchestrations blending folk, pop and electronic music, Grandchildren have been steadily making a name for themselves since songwriter Aleks Martray founded the group in Philadelphia in 2008. Since then the band has evolved into a dynamic ensemble of musicians, lauded by critics and fans alike for their intricately layered arrangements and high-energy performances.

Martray attributes their eclectic sound to his nomadic upbringing across Europe, the US and Latin America and a reverence for music of the past. He explains, “I grew up on everything from Michael Jackson, to Fela Kuti, to Rachmaninoff, so music was both a form of time travel and the one constant that held everything together.” This sense of a sonic journey and musical omnivorousness is what defined Grandchildren’s first two albums – Everlasting (2010) and Golden Age (2013).

With their third album ZUNI, Grandchildren hone their distinctive ability to strike a poetic balance between the intimate and epic. Throughout the album, a joyful celebratory lightness is at battle with its lyrical darkness, washing over them like a baptism. The resulting feeling is an elixir of moods that can best be described as a kind of “dark pop” – a poetic tug of war between beauty and darkness, inspiration and despair, where simple heartfelt songs usher you through a landscape of complex rhythms and melodies. Martray describes the underlying creative process as something akin to lucid dreaming.
Spaceship Aloha - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Spaceship Aloha
SPACESHIP ALOHA is the hyper-buoyant solo project from drummer/producer Christopher Sean Powell (AKA Pow Pow, PayPow, Powserati). SA’s first release, Universe Mahalo, Vol. 1, presents a kaleidoscope of lush melodies and joyous electronic rhythms inspired by Hawaii’s musical landscape. Intended for non-stop dancing, the live show is bursting with elements of vibrant addictive beats, refreshing sounds, and adventurous improvisation - all performed on an ecosystem of synthesizers, sequencers, electronic drums, and live percussion. Spaceship Aloha is the next generation of Powell’s explosive performance style, first seen in the avant-garde art rock ensemble Need New Body, followed by the experimental pop band Man Man.
White Bike - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
White Bike
White Bike is the brainchild of creative genius Daniel Schlett and potentially whoever he feels like collaborating with. Might be a vocalist, might be a trumpet through a Kaos pad, an improvisational organ and a guitar through a chain of effects pedals. His style is like a box of chocolates but you always know it’s going to be delicious. When Daniel isn’t making his own fuego, he is helping other people produce their’s as chief engineer at Strange Weather Studios in Brooklyn, NY.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125