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July 2015
Ecstatic Vision
"Sonic Praise
Heavy-psych three-piece Ecstatic Vision conjures cosmic soundscapes with their debut LP Sonic Praise (Relapse Records). Self-ordained as “primal,” the group’s orchestration is undeniably gripping and visceral, altering the embodied state of its listener at an instant. Pressing past the tropes of genre, Sonic Praise is a hypnotic example of the outfit’s versatility. The release of Ecstatic Vision’s tripped-out LP is hopefully the first of many.
Beginning with the well-titled “Journey,” Sonic Praise’s opening track unfolds like a swirling chant that gradually builds to bawdy, passionate dirge filled with buzzing riffs and drums. The song’s lyricism is straightforward yet amplified by the unrelenting progression of its instrumentation. The declaration of “Journey” is unapologetic. It’s not a conversation; it’s an invitation. At its climax, the resonance of the recording brings to mind similarly transcendent tracks like Moon Duo’s “Free The Skull” or Ty Segall’s “I Wear Black.”
“Astral Plane” is a tentative tip of the hat to the iconic Sun Ra’s masterpiece Space Is the Place, unfolding with driving riffs and drumbeats that elicit the sensation of being transported into the ether. By the two-minute mark, “Astral Plane” is in full swing, impressive guitar work resounding as the track’s earlier established foundation persists. Each component of the song’s structure expands as frontman Doug Sabolick’s vocals urge listeners to “Look in the mirror and tell yourself/this is the place to be.” Undoubtedly indicative of the cosmos (metaphorically or literally), “Astral Plane” is trancelike, with its instrumentation possessing the power to cast a psychedelic spell that lingers well past the song’s end. Nearly thirty seconds shy of thirteen minutes of length, the temporal duration of the recording is as well warranted as it is executed. “Don’t Kill The Vibe” is equally shamanistic, with riffage that feels psychotropic. The LP’s title track, “Sonic Praise,” begins with primeval distortion comprised of oscillating tempos and forlorn chants. The effect of its prelude is mesmerizing, dark, and strangely beautiful. Thematically cult like, “Sonic Praise” is satisfyingly otherworldly, seducing its listener to give in to Ecstatic Vision’s melodic ethos without hesitation. 
Sonic Praise’s final anthem “Cross the Divide” extends the mysticism of the album’s narrative, ending Ecstatic Vision’s debut on a plane similar to where it began - one of enlightenment and pure rock 'n' roll. - Dianca London Potts



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New Music Video: “Dried Out” - Creepoid

Creepoid become sacrificial lambs in their new music video for “Dried Out,” off the four-piece’s latest LP Cemetery Highrise Slum (Collect Records). They journey to their doom along the landscape near the Salton Sea, led by Kurt Heasley of Lilys. The video was directed by Mitchell Wojcik. (Photo by Jammi York)


New Music Video: “Dried Out” - Creepoid

Creepoid become sacrificial lambs in their new music video for “Dried Out,” off the four-piece’s latest LP Cemetery Highrise Slum. They journey to their doom along the landscape near the Salton Sea, led by Kurt Heasley of Lilys. The video was directed by Mitchell Wojcik. (Photo by Jammi York)


Weekend Warrior, June 26 - 28

Yes, there is plenty to do this weekend, but where you really need to be at is Johnny Brenda’s tonight for the double release celebration of Creepoid’s new LP Cemetery Highrise Slum (Collect Records) and Ecstatic Vision’s forthcoming EP Sonic Praise (Relapse Records). With Creepoid’s latest, you’ll find the band’s best work since Horse Heaven. Check out our review of Cemetery Highrise Slum HERE! And guitar lovers need to get wise to Ecstatic Vision’s debut release, a combination transcendental shreds and primal beats. Relapse was, at first, interested in putting out the band’s original demos, but the group wanted to go back into the studio to do their first label release proper, and it has been worth the wait. You really don’t want to miss how these fine albums play out live! Brooklyn post-hardcore quartet Sick Feeling will be kicking off the evening’s festivities. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $12, 21+ (Creepoid Photo by Tom Cartmel) - Q.D. Tran
Other places that will probably pale in comparison this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Philly Loves Michael Jackson: DJ Mike Nyce, DJ Cash Money
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Red Martina, Dewey Decibel, SAT Northern Arms, SUN Cayetana
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Hex Inverter/Play It Slower, A Day Without Love/Azar Swan (Hot Guts & M Ax Noi Mach - collaboration), SAT Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells, Crazy Bull/Sour Kid, SUN Heavy Temple/Girl Dog
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Tim Burton Burlesque
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) SAT Air is Human, Sexoffice, SUN Lovers league
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Cuddle Magic, SAT Anxiety Hammer
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Ground Up, Galvanize, DJ Sylo, Don Christian
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Asia Sparks, E-Hos, DJ Niilo, Project Positive
TLA (334 South St.) FRI Theodore Grams
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Matt Roach, Lisa Chosed, SAT (Downstairs) Dear Forbidden, Angela Everwood, KingFisher, KillerWhale, Brothers and Sisters, Michelle Krichilsky, Daniel Scholl, SUN Jamaaladeen Tacuma
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI 7:30pm) Skyline The City, Read the Program / (10pm) 9th Element, Teef, SVVJE, SAT Jeanette Berry and the Soul Nerds, Joy Ike, April Fool Child, SUN Dogs On Acid, Ma Jolie
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Jennifer Pague, SAT Liz And The Lost Boys
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI The Phix, SAT Palmas, Little Strike
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Palaceburn, Stealing Fame, Pravda, SAT WWWWWerewolves, Reverend Mantis
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Rich Medina, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Ed Christof
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) FRI Joshua Thomas, Cape Wrath
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Spiritual Thunder, SUN Rusty Cadillac
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St) FRI Curtis Jr., 12 Horse, Signal To Noise/Three Fourteen, SAT (1pm) Above The Mendoza, Breezy/(7:30pm) Pristine Raeign/Honor, Dead Horse Drivers (EP Release), The Mob
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Katie Barbato, Laura Cheadle, Every Heard, Morgan Pinkstone, SAT Twiin
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Kids W/out Faces
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Mr. Sonny James, SUN (2pm) DJ Botany 500 w/percussionist Josh Robinson/(9:30pm) DJ Royale
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.)  FRI The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret, DJ Robert Drake, SAT The Magic Message, SUN The Roddenberries: Playing the music of Star Trek, Star Wars, & Dr. Who
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Ridge Summit, SAT Sacred Cube, Sweet Alkaline, The Aponic Blue
Ardmore Music Hall FRI Swift Technique, SAT Philly Bloco (CD Release)
The Pharmacy  (1300/02 S. 18th St.) FRI Shakai Mondai, Raise The Dead Language, Indira Valey, SUN Gondola
The First Banana (2152 E. Dauphin St.) SAT Salwater, Accretionist
811 S. 49th St. SAT Pilkington
A Seed On Diamond (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Baker Man, Lady Parts, Baffle the Cat
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Mannequin Pussy, Littler
A House Named Virtue (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Radiator Hospital
Nico Nico Mansion (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Girlpool, Free Cake For Every Creature, Blue Smiley
The Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Permanent Wave Philly Zine Release: King Azaz, Hot Tears, Little Strike, The Original Crooks and Nannies

Ticket Giveaway: Creepoid, Ecstatic Vision & Sick Feeling at JB's This Friday

We are very excited to be able to send you to this Friday's Creepoid/Ecstatic Vision Record Release Party at Johnny Brenda's with Sick Feeling. To enter for a chance to win a pair of tix, just send an email to thedelimagazinephiladelphia@gmail.com with the subject line "Fuck Yeah!" Please also include your cell number in the body of the message (in case of an emergency). Good luck!

Record Review: Cemetery Highrise Slum - Creepoid

Local psych-grunge rockers Creepoid’s latest LP Cemetery Highrise Slum is immaculate. The follow-up to 2014’s self-titled album, which just dropped today, marks yet another monumental moment for the four-piece: their first release with Geoff Rickly’s Collect Records.
Opening with the somber “American Smile,” Cemetery Highrise Slum’s start is instantaneously lush. Equal parts dissonance and melody, “American Smile” is comprised of just as much emotional juxtaposition as its namesake might suggest. Crisp chords paired with buzzing riffs bleed effortlessly into Sean Miller’s affecting diction as the track’s lyricism emanates a sense of decayed longing that is difficult not to discern. Reminiscent of Sunny Day Real Estate’s grittiest portions of How It Feels to Be Something On, “American Smile” is delectably heavy and persistently transcendent up until the very end.
“Devil In The Subtext” wastes no time, captivating listeners with a percussive pulse and jarring backbeat. The swirling psychedelics of the album’s second track are nearly tangible, showcasing Creepoid’s meticulous orchestration and sparing use of reverb. The song exhibits itself as a well-deserving successor to grunge anthems like Sonic Youth’s “Sugar Kane.” The enjoyably emotive downer, “Fingernails,” unfolds as hauntingly moody, while “Seams” swells to life with deliberate phrasings and lingering harmonies.
The noisy start to “Dried Out” revives the best of ‘90s alt without feeling cliché. The lyricism of the song is wrought with harsh realism and pragmatism with confessional lines like “We’ve been living a lie” and urgent pleas like “Show me the real you,” crooned out with a similar desperation as Cobain’s “Heart-Shaped Box.” “Shaking” is dreamy, like a gloomy lullaby or bittersweet ballad. It is affirming, vulnerable, and earnest, an unapologetic declaration in its own rite, and “Calamine” is charmingly melancholic - synonymous to earlier tracks from Creepoid’s previous LP, like “Baptism.”
The trippy tempo of “Tell the Man” brings to mind similarly mesmerizing cuts like The Pixies’ “Gouge Away,” while presenting itself as a plausible narrative extension of The Velvet Underground’s iconic “I’m Waiting For the Man.” With “Worthless and Pure,” the band proves itself to be subtle yet raw, preparing listeners for Cemetery Highrise Slum’s conclusion that is marked by the suitably abrasive “Eating Dirt” and the otherworldly “Here,” which temporally paint a bleak yet memorable soundscape. 
Cemetery Highrise Slum is indicative of its creator’s genius. It, like all that came before, is a declaration of why all eyes and ears need to remain on Creepoid. - Dianca London Potts




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