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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 (Fleeting Youth Records) 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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Creepoid

Weekend Warrior, October 3 - 5

While most of South Street seems be overrun with boardwalk-esque joints and empty storefronts these days, some much-needed rock will be injected into the once vibrant but now long gone former epicenter of Philly’s art community. Though Creepoid might have temporarily set up camp in Savannah, Georgia, their roots run way to deep in the city to not think of tomorrow evening’s performance at the TLA as a homecoming show. The transient crew has had more time to gel as a unit since the inception of Far-Out Fangtooth guitarist, Nick Kulp, to the band so expect the jams to get out there. They’ll be opening for Doylestown alt rockers Balance and Composure, who will be playing their last show in the U.S. before closing out the rest of the month on tour in Europe. South Street, you need this night. TLA, 334 South St., 8pm, $19, All Ages - Alexis V.
 
Other places to enjoy the fall weather this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SUN Alex G
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI El Malito, SAT Amanda X, Myrrias
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St) FRI The Pink Angels, Ghost Dads
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Northern Liberties, The Cats/You You Dark Forest, Widow Maker Social Club, SAT Stellarscope, SUN Bobby Barnett, PETAL, The City And I
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT Peter Matthew Bauer, SUN Amanda X
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Banned Books, Needle Points, Drone Ranger
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Voss, Bok Nero
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) A Fistful of Sugar, This Way to The Egress, SAT (Upstairs) Not My Dogg
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Thorazine, McRad, Posers, Cheerbleeders, SAT (Early) Jeanette Lynn, Katie Barbato, Alec Stewart/(Late) The Phosphenes, SUN Torch, Cattullus, Philosofox
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Peter Stone Brown
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI The Sideshow Prophets, SAT Young Scratch, DJ Jeff White, SUN Nothing (Acoustic), Sad Actor, Mark Lanky
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI The Underwater Sounds (EP Release), Appalachian​ Gypsy Tribe, ILL DOOTS, MAMBISA SAT Flightschool SUN Katie Frank & The Pheromones
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) SAT DJ Deejay
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) SAT Christine Havrilla, Christine Moll, Gretchen Schultz
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.)FRI Hired Guns Blues Band, SAT Satellite Hearts/Steve Cal, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI The One2s, Memories of March, Carving Out Fiction, Goodbye Four, Momma Hankton/The Funky T, The Rivals, Tess Emma, Echo Victory, Brady and the Bear, SAT E-Hos/Klockenhouzer, Spectral Lines, Samarkand, SUN DeathMaschine, Sys2matic OvrlOad
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Problem Solving, Overcoming Gravity Those People SAT Clashing Plaid, Decontrol, Missile Toads SUN Rev. TJ's Blues Church
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Crazy Moon (CD Release), Tony DeSimone, Paul Hocynec, Justin DePaola, SAT Dave Joyce Band/(2nd Floor) Andrew Jude
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Auctioneer, The Dirty Cut, The Burgeoning, SAT City Rain
 
Ardmore Music Hall SAT West Philadelphia Orchestra
 
StoopNation HQ (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Sacagawea and The Hunters, Yellow Spring
 
Lava Space (Please Contact one of the acts or venue for more info) FRI A Tree Named Turtle, Callus
 
Chill Collins Art Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI We Are Fauna, SAT Leaky Soups, Twin Pines, SUN The Boilermakers, Sleep in a Ditch Doom Whore
 
The Nest (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Minor Setbacks, Uncle/Father Oscar
 
Little Berlin (2430 Coral St.) SUN Little Strike
 
Half Moon Lounge (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Traitor
 
Golden Tea House (Please Contact one of the acts or venue for more info) FRI Bone Bats
 
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