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September 2015
Lithuania
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Lithuania’s debut full-length album Hardcore Friends via Lame-O Records begins with the mad-dashing punk jolt of “God In Two Persons.” The song quickly gathers momentum as a rush of power chords and percussion develop an instantaneous flow of energy, and Eric Slick’s controlled agitation questions and states, “What is on your mind?/You do it all the time.” “Pieces” pushes a crusty grunge aesthetic, as the spoken lyrics linger, embedding them in one’s mind. “I need something that I can’t hold on to./Please believe I would never do you wrong.” What initially speaks to a fundamental instrumental rawness is balanced by a melodic refinement.
 
Dominic Angelella unlocks the window of vulnerability in “I Wanna Drink Poison.”  A simple percussion and guitar allow his delicate vocals to etch a confession that aches with authenticity. Eventually, the light breeze of instrumentation transforms into a powerful gust, and Angelella laments, “I Don’t See Anybody.” With it’s bare acoustic guitar lead, “Coronation Day” provides an uplifting tonal change - a brief yet well-placed breath of fresh air. “Deaf Gene” begins with a gentle drifting before reaching a high-pressure, uncorked rage -  “…My hands are tired it’s the first time since time…” releasing the frustration until Angelella’s vocals soothe Slick’s aggression giving it a moment to simmer before relinquishing the reins and roaring to its conclusion.   
 
Densely packed drums and guitar quickly rouse one’s senses in “Place Of No Tomorrow,” revving the engine between short yet effective exhibitions of force. Its vocals are exuberant, while still having a disgruntled bite as that universally need for a new scene appears in the chorus reverberates, “God, this part of town is killing me./I need to breathe and see the place of no tomorrow.” Closing with its title track, Hardcore Friends leaves a lasting impression. As Angelella poignantly questions, “If I fall in love with an idea again, if I fall in love, would you make sure that I’m careful with it?” The guest vocals of Frances Quinlan (Hop Along) and Rachel Browne (Field Mouse/Anomie) offer a dynamic sense of earnest support as the album rumbles to a close.
 
A pair of hardcore friends in Eric Slick and Dominic Angelella has sealed its brotherly bond with an album that fuses punk-rock attitude and assertiveness with a resounding melodic pop sensibility. The energy and emotion are palpable. - Michael Colavita

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New Track: "Hide Your Teeth" (Feat. Pat Troxell) - Fight Amp

Philly power trio Fight Amp are already gearing up to release a new two-song single on September 9 via Reptilian Records. On the follow-up to their album Constantly Off (Brutal Panda), you'll find the tracks "No Trace" and "Hide Your Teeth." The latter features guest vocals from former Fight Amp member/Creepoid's Pat Troxell, which you can stream below. Fight Amp will be celebrating their 7" release on the same night of its arrival at Underground Arts opening for EYEHATEGOD.

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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)

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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. 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)

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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
 
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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!


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