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October 2014
Mumblr
"Full Of Snakes
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The major takeaway for Mumblr’s new album Full Of Snakes is that it really takes balls to write songs that truly say nothing. As counter intuitive as it may sound, there really is something admirable in using music to not really express all that much. Any jerk with a voice and a few chords can say a whole lot about how their ex is horrible; what really matters is how much of that content is actually worth hearing. And brother, Mumblr has found a way to make saying nothing profound.

On the surface, the album initially sounds like some sort of early 2000’s generic pop-punk; the first song “Got It” opens with that familiar sense of vague, safe anger. It’s very “high school” reminiscent, right off the bat, with lines like “I got it if you want it” and “I’ll invite you to my room.” But as the song closes and we drift into “Sober,” the tone very gradually starts to feel off. It starts to feel a bit weirder, with this sense of reckless abandon that you only hear in a Violent Femmes song. And it’s not that one is true, and the others is not; this album is walking a razor’s edge between the most self-aware of indie post-punk and the obliviousness of adolescent guilty pleasures.

And while that may sound like a chaotic mess, the seventeen-track full-length really is the having-and-eating of one's cake. We get the indulgence of grandiose guitar riffs and over the top shrieks, but with just enough originality in the composition to give it a sense of being slick and even avant-garde. Don’t let the outward sense of crazy abandon fool you - this thing is airtight. And a lot of that can be chalked up to Nick Morrison’s vocals; he brings a real sense of cleverness to the whole thing, in no small part to the fact that he can turn his voice on a dime.

One endlessly fascinating reoccurring theme is the use of repetition in their lyrics, with phrases like the aforementioned “I got it” and “someone’s been sitting in my chair” echoed over and over again, beyond the point of simple parody. It’s that old artistic trope of repeating something until it becomes meaninglessly applied to lyrics, and it’s interesting to hear expressions of youthful angst to become so alien and meaningless.

They take these universal touchstones of adolescences, including the use of “shock” lyrics such as “if God is a woman I’m going to hell” and gleefully drive them into the ground while enjoying the ride. It’s fun, it’s cool, and will leave you thinking more than any other post-punk album in months. And it does so while still being a genuinely fun throwback to a sort of music that you don’t really hear in earnest these days. - Daniel Ludwig


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New Track: "Suns And Lovers" (Feat. Anna Troxell) - Nothing

Nothing just posted an acoustic version of their song "Suns And Lovers," which you can take a listen to HERE. It features guest vocals from Creepoid's Anna Troxell that were recorded in 2011. The track will appear as an addition to Downward Years To Come V2.0 that will be reissued on 12" vinyl (black, white & black/white split) via A389, which is now available for pre-order.

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New Music Video: "Yellow Wallpaper" - Creepoid

Though Creepoid recently made a big move to Savannah, GA, the transient band is still keeping ties here in Philly with new member Nick Kulp continuing to work with his previous group Far-Out Fangtooth. Their latest video for "Yellow Wallpaper," off the group's self-titled LP, is also the directorial debut of local photographer and octopus chandelier sculptor Adam Wallacavage, with help from Eric Weiss. The band is currently on tour with Against Me, and will be returning to Philly on Saturday, October 4 to perform at the TLA with Balance and Composure. (Photo by Adam Wallacavage)

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Weekend Warrior, June 20 - 22

Ever so often, a bill jumps out at you, demanding your presence because you know in your inner conscience that something special will occur and that if you’re not there, you’ll inevitably hear about it and regrettably groan. Such is the case this evening at West Philly’s Brown House, where Creepoid will be performing their last Philly show (for now) as Philadelphians. The band is moving to Savannah, GA this July, taking its exploding instrumentals that craft layers of moody, melodic force, enveloping you in its ability to somehow capture pieces of darkness while embracing and transforming them into a convalescent radiance with balanced surges of searing guitar and percussion. Tonight, another emerging power, Amanda X, shares the stage with its own decidedly forward-pushing take on garage-pop. The trio’s highly connective-core balances an energetic performing style, while exhibiting high levels of instinctive musicianship. The show will also feature West Philly hardcore outfit Push Ups, who released a new LP Grow Up or Try Dying earlier this month, the jangly, sensitive indie pop of Manors, and our most recent NYC Best Emerging Artist of the Year Poll Winners, punks Big Ups to help make it a night that we’ll all remember. Brown House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) 8pm, Donation, All Ages - Michael Colavita
 
Other places to throwdown this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI West Philly Orchestra, SAT Rockers Galore (Album release), Phil Moore Brown, Weird Hot
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Julia Rainer/Spirit of the Beehive, Dogs on Acid, G.A.S.S., SAT ( Early) Easy Creatures, (Late) Humanshapes, School Girl SUN GASH
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) Kurt Vile & The Violators, The Districts
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Star Trek Tribute Troupe: The Roddenberries, Galvanize
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.)  FRI Dracula’s Ball: Carfax Abbey, SUN Aquill, I Know Brasco
 
TLA (334 South St.) FRI Mach22 SUN Bon Again, No Return
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Downstairs) La Giara (The Water Jug) Concert Premiere of the Operetta by Patricia King SAT (Upstairs) Talain Rayne, Jake Ohlbaum
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Adam Travis & The Soul, Dave Joyce, Heyyo, SAT TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb, Jeremiah Tall, Joel Roberts, SUN Albondigas
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Official Wizard World After-Party: Chronicles of Sound, SAT Make Music Philly 2014 (Noon) New Sound Brass Band, Red Panda, Travel Lanes, A Victim of Good Times, Delco Pacers
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI You Do You, Seoul Delhi, SAT Make Music Philly 2014 (4pm start) Traffic Nightmare, (Late) Busses, Tinmouth, SUN Ron Gallo & Friends
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) SAT The GTV’s
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) Eunoia
 
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Chris Gennett
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Tropical Nasty, SAT (Clark Park Fest After Party): The Deadeyes, Flat Mary Road, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Plantation, Dr. Beardface & The Spacemen (Record Release), SAT Enstride, Love a Lunatic, SUN Suicide Prevention Benefit Show: Brosef Gordon-Levitt, Eunoia, Respectable Average
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Audio Kings of the third world, E. Joseph & The Random Heart
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SUN Corners of Sanctuary
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Local Smokes, The Revere, Jeff Thomas, SAT Undergun, Angela Everwood, The Late Greats, Red Means Run
 
Ardmore Music Hall FRI Birds Over Arkansas, SAT Splintered Sunlight
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI The Silence Kit, Tin Horses SAT Regan Brothers, Mysteries, Heat Thunder
 
Clark Park (4398 Chester Ave.) SAT Music & Arts Festival City Rain, Former Belle, Ron Gallo, Commonwealth Choir, Portland Senator, Brian Fitzy, Lovers League, Family Vacation, On the Cooling Board
 
Pageant Soloveev (607 Bainbridge St.) FRI Kate Ferencz, Hermit Thrushes
 
Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) SAT Hang-Up to Flat (7” Release Show), Old Hands, Sicky, Joshua Alvarez
 
Random Tea Room & Curiosity Shop (713 N. 4th St.) SAT Marblemouth
Julian Abel Park SAT The Naked Sun
 
Riverside Hall (916 S. Swanson St.) SAT The Naked Sun
 
Dr. Martens Store (1710 Walnut St.) FRI Dark Blue
 
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI To Tremble, Callowhill
 
The Pharmacy (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Window Liquor, Pale Shelter
 
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Casavetes, Pinkwash, Sheer Mag, SUN Gorgeous Porch, Relatives, Oh Bree
 
Pariah (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Combat Crisis, Capital K, Glory Dole, Future Primitive
 
Duff Gardens (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN War Emblem
 
Safety Meeting (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Babel Map, The Pretty Greens
 
Powers Park (Almond & Ann Sts.) SAT The Naked Sun
 

Creepoid Begins Anew at The Barbary May 22

We broke the news the other day that Far-Out Fangtooth’s Nick Kulp has officially joined Creepoid with the band parting ways with former guitarist Pete Joe Urban. This doesn’t really surprise us since Urban had already taken a hiatus from the group to live in Texas while his girlfriend attended school. And with the band posting on Facebook that they’ll be giving up their sweet pad in West Philly so that they can begin “touring now til forever,” it makes absolute sense to have all members on the same page. And if you’ve seen/heard Kulp shred with Far-Out Fangtooth, then you should know that he’s definitely a good fit and a logical replacement. So what does the future hold for Far-Out Fangtooth? That still remains to be seen with Creepoid's plans to extensively. You can check out the new lineup this evening at The Barbary when they open for Walter Scheifels (Gorilla Biscuits, Youth Of Today, Rival Schools, etc.). The Barbary, 951 N. Frankford Ave., 8pm, $15, All Ages (Photo by Andrew Swartz) - Alexis V.


Far-Out Fangtooth's Nick Kulp Joins Creepoid!

Whoa - Creepoid just announced that Far-Out Fangtooth's Nick Kulp just joined the group! Looks like from the new band photo (above) that Pete Joe Urban is no longer in the band. Creepoid said to keep an eye out for some upcoming U.S. dates. (Photo by Adam Wallacavage)


New Creepoid EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Ugh...this rainfall is pretty damn ridiculous today. What are we Seattle?! Luckily, I've been spending the day hiding out inside and catching up on things that I've missed while on vacation. Record Store Day was one of them, and it makes perfect sense that Creepoid's new EP Wet (Graveface Records) is my soundtrack for this soggy, dreary day of a mess. You can still stream the whole record over at Alt Press.

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The Deli Philly's April Record of the Month: Creepoid - Creepoid

The perfect solace for winter’s passing, Creepoid’s second full-length self-titled LP combines the zeitgeist of 90's grunge with pristine dissonance and somber lyricism. Released earlier this month by No Idea Records, Creepoid is eerie, melodic and stirring from beginning to end. 

The record’s introductory track “Nauda” opens with a singular note that swells into a melody, aligning itself with the listener in a way that feels confessional yet synonymous. A well-wrought continuation of the earnest diction reminiscent of Horse Heaven, “Nauda” is as bittersweet as its vocals, informed by the paradox of loneliness and longing. Expanding into a cinematically moody soundscape, guitars wail like sirens, beckoning chords to crash and settle into a fading ricochet - a premonition of “Sunday.” Coupled with acoustic strums and crisp vocal croons, a solemn request, “take my light and pull it out,” is beautifully melodic with perfectly placed tambourine that brings to mind the memorable mood concentrated. Exploring the affect and consequence of relational presence and its subsequent absence, the orchestration of “Sunday” renders a relatable narrative evocatively raw and sincere. 
 
“Yellow Wallpaper” ignites with driving bass and swirling riffs. As if resurrecting the perfection of Jeremy Enigk (ex-Sunny Day Real Estate), a la “Killed By An Angel” meets “Pillars,” the song evokes an eerie all consuming sense of the sublime that centers the track’s duration. Like an extension of Horse Heaven’s “Hollow Doubt,” the contextual weight of “Yellow Wallpaper” is harmonically haunting and intentionally poignant. “Baptism” washes over its listener in waves of riffs and echoed vocals that occupy an emotive territory similar to lesser-known tracks by Sonic Youth, subverted and painted darker by the brooding buzz reminiscent of shoegaze greats like My Bloody Valentine. 
 
In its decline, “Baptism” casts a feeling of transcendent submersion, befitting its namesake. With a crystallized aggression, “Gout” does the same - urgent and arresting with visceral shouts and screams. “Stay Inside” is considerably more subdued than the album’s preceding tracks but equally mesmerizing, unfolding “Tired Eyes,” a hypnotic chant of a fatigued psychedelic. “Golden String” feels slightly optimistic, while “Acrimony” blossoms then retracts into a reserved yet deliberate ballad that demands its audience’s attention like a gloomy lullaby with teeth. “Vulgar,” warm and sunlit, is lush and arresting, setting the stage for the album’s closer “Old Tree,” a jubilant ending to yet another epic compilation of clairvoyant anthems evoked by Creepoid. - Dianca Potts
 
 

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April 2014
Creepoid
"Creepoid
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mp3
The perfect solace for winter’s passing, Creepoid’s second full-length self-titled LP combines the zeitgeist of 90's grunge with pristine dissonance and somber lyricism. Released earlier this month by No Idea Records, Creepoid is eerie, melodic and stirring from beginning to end. 

The record’s introductory track “Nauda” opens with a singular note that swells into a melody, aligning itself with the listener in a way that feels confessional yet synonymous. A well-wrought continuation of the earnest diction reminiscent of Horse Heaven, “Nauda” is as bittersweet as its vocals, informed by the paradox of loneliness and longing. Expanding into a cinematically moody soundscape, guitars wail like sirens, beckoning chords to crash and settle into a fading ricochet - a premonition of “Sunday.” Coupled with acoustic strums and crisp vocal croons, a solemn request, “take my light and pull it out,” is beautifully melodic with perfectly placed tambourine that brings to mind the memorable mood concentrated. Exploring the affect and consequence of relational presence and its subsequent absence, the orchestration of “Sunday” renders a relatable narrative evocatively raw and sincere. 

“Yellow Wallpaper” ignites with driving bass and swirling riffs. As if resurrecting the perfection of Jeremy Enigk (ex-Sunny Day Real Estate), a la “Killed By An Angel” meets “Pillars,” the song evokes an eerie all consuming sense of the sublime that centers the track’s duration. Like an extension of Horse Heaven’s “Hollow Doubt,” the contextual weight of “Yellow Wallpaper” is harmonically haunting and intentionally poignant. “Baptism” washes over its listener in waves of riffs and echoed vocals that occupy an emotive territory similar to lesser-known tracks by Sonic Youth, subverted and painted darker by the brooding buzz reminiscent of shoegaze greats like My Bloody Valentine. 

In its decline, “Baptism” casts a feeling of transcendent submersion, befitting its namesake. With a crystallized aggression, “Gout” does the same - urgent and arresting with visceral shouts and screams. “Stay Inside” is considerably more subdued than the album’s preceding tracks but equally mesmerizing, unfolding “Tired Eyes,” a hypnotic chant of a fatigued psychedelic. “Golden String” feels slightly optimistic, while “Acrimony” blossoms then retracts into a reserved yet deliberate ballad that demands its audience’s attention like a gloomy lullaby with teeth. “Vulgar,” warm and sunlit, is lush and arresting, setting the stage for the album’s closer “Old Tree,” a jubilant ending to yet another epic compilation of clairvoyant anthems evoked by Creepoid. - Dianca Potts 

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