Friday August 18, 2017
CROSSED KEYS (phl)
Chances are, if you've been paying attention to the Philadelphia underground music scene in the past two decades, you've seen one or two members of Crossed Keys before, although it's also very likely that you've seen all of them. The members of Crossed Keys have a long history of playing in hardcore and punk bands from the area that are as varied as they are unique. From Off Minor to Step Ahead, from Kill The Man Who Questions to Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer, from The Curse to Hey Angel; Crossed Keys draw from an eclectic palette to create a sanguine pop sound that has been cultured in a stew of basement shows and record shops. Crossed Keys fuse their musical backgrounds and influences together to create a sound that is as mature as it is fun. Catchy melodies cradle thought-provoking lyrics resulting in introspection, sweaty singalongs and all around good times. Crossed Keys got a lot older, a little wiser, and some lost varying amounts of hair, but the music and the message still speaks to the firey spirit that burns in all of us.
ENGINES is a five piece noisy indie/punk rock band from Chicago. Originally conceived as a solo project for Philadelphia-based songwriter Craig Woods (TOWERS, ELDER, PETER AND CRAIG, TWO PIECE FEST) under the moniker HOT BAGELS, Woods moved to Chicago in 2014 and soon recruited fellow east coast transplants Lee Zickwolf (RIBBONHEAD, COSTANZA) and Jeff Twietmeyer (ALMOST ARGYLE) and Chicago native Justin Wexler (STILLWELL, FORGE AGAIN RECORDS) as permanent fixtures of the band. After two years of performing and writing as a four piece, they decided to add a full-time vocalist to the mix. Emily Jancetic (HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE, LONGDISTANCERUNNER), once lovingly described as the “the Kelly Clarkson of post-hardcore” by All Music Guide, joined in 2016. And thus ENGINES was born.
Obsolete, the debut full length from ENGINES, was recorded over several weekends in late 2016 by Neil Strauch (JOAN OF ARC, OWLS) at Shirk Studios in Chicago, with vocals recorded by Pete Grossman and Andy Nelson at Bricktop Recordings and additional instrumentation recorded by Craig Woods at the band’s Kildare Studios practice space.
ENGINES plays a brand of indie/punk rock that is is loud but not lacking in dynamics. Noisy, but beautiful, Chaotic, but calm. Dissonant, yet melodic. Obsolete is the complete expression of all of these elements spread out over twelve songs that stand alone but also flow into one another over the course of thirty-six minutes.
PETER THE PIANOEATER (phl)
Peter from Dogs On Acid / Algernon solo jawn
WAX WAV (phl/west chester)
WAX WAV is a band from Philadelphia. Another one of those? Yes.
Featuring members of The Danger O's, Left Behind, A Victim of Good Times and Crills Wilson, WAX WAV has played loud music in front of people that compared what they heard to The Clash, The Replacements, Jawbreaker and Against Me!.. No recordings yet exist, so come to a show.
@ P H Â R M Â C Y
1300 S. 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146