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Evil Sword

New Evil Sword LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Evil Sword’s musical progression bears a resemblance to a time-lapse video of fungal growth or of decomposing animals; they both demonstrate within the same frame – bloom and decay – a grotesque beauty that operates slightly askew from what people expect from the art they consume. Evil Sword consists primarily of Kate Ferencz and Ben Furgal, who are sporadically accompanied by a roving cast of musicians and sound artists. An Eerie Fire Eats the Brain is Evil Sword’s first full-length album. Punchy bass, thundering percussion, and pan flute enshrine Ferencz’s vocals like an ill-fitting but well-suited costume. The LP is available as a double cassette box that houses the collection of songs and a full color book of art and writings. The group recently celebrated the album’s release with a show at PhilaMOCA, and they’ll be performing next in Philly on Wednesday, March 29 at LAVA Space.  

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New Track: "Waiting" - Evil Sword

Tortured, tormented, buried alive - a menacing but pleasant rhythm stomps on the ground above one’s head surrounded by bells and whistles in “Waiting”. It's the first single from An Eerie Fire Eats The Brain, the forthcoming full-length album from Evil Sword, which will finally escape the experimental dungeon on March 10. Those haunting, suspenseful exchanges can be seen and heard in the flesh this Friday when Kate Ferencz, Ben Furgal & co. appear at PhilaMOCA for their tape release with local punk duo Ursula and Halloween Tres.

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Magic Picture Presents w/Evil Sword, Gavin Riley Smoke Machine & More at the FUC July 22

Tonight, Magic Pictures is conjuring a ritual assembly for us aspiring and practicing occultists at the First Unitarian Church for a celebration of music, spooky shit, and the untold magic of that lurks in the seams of reality. The show, which will supernaturally cram nine bands in the space of four hours, will be a glimpse into Magic Pictures’ conceptual crystal ball, detailing their notions of visual, musical and performance art. All bands were curated with the intent to emphasize their principles of “theatrics, spectacle, and awe,” and create an ideal context for such performances. Among the chosen group of musical conjurers is Philadelphia’s own Evil Sword, whose raggedy, minimalist, cauldron-stirring incantations are an unholy brew of experimental post-punk, literal bells and whistles, deathrock, and paranormal revelation. Kate Ferencz’s vocals move at a harsh recitative pace, punctuated with odd, rhythmic emphasis where inflection replaces melody. Also channeling his magic into the ritual will be Gavin Riley Smoke Machine, whose se set incorporates audio-visual, choose-your-own-adventure-style storytelling to the tune of 80's quasi-futurist synth tones and inventive narratives. Palberta, another cornerstone, noisy, experimental post-punk band, will add their clamor to the celebration with tunes that effectively immolate the entire western pop music canon in an attempt to access something willfully outside, providing an essential experience for comprehending a post-comprehension world. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 8pm, $15, All Ages - Bryce Woodcock

Evil Sword Opening for The Snails at KFN March 4

Evil Sword aids in accelerating the weirdness this evening at Kung Fu Necktie. Kate Ferencz's vocals and the mile-marking bass lines create a playful, haunting scenario. Those theatrically twisted tales narrated by Ferencz march through the narrow alleyways, gathering a following with its minstrel harkening bells and whistles. An eerie, tormenting backdrop taps at your door as the rhythm infiltrates your head, demanding participation; subconsciously, you’ll follow. Tonight, the space-altering, electro-synth soundscapes of Hallowed Bells provide a dreamy mind-cleanse needed as the week ends. Touring in support of their fresh full-length Songs from the Shoebox, The Snails headline churning enthusiastic rockers, peppered with precise, free-flowing instrumentation and soulful, etching vocals. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 7pm, $14 (Sold Out), 21+ - Michael Colavita

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Evil Sword About to Get Very Weird at Little Berlin Feb. 3

It’s been interesting to watch Kate Ferencz evolve as she finds her own voice. When we first came across her child-like vocals, she was similar to many singer-songwriters that you’ll come across at open mics and coffee shops toting an acoustic guitar looking rather prim and proper while singing about things like boys and “Lions and Tigers and Bears.” Well, fast forward a few years, and you’ll find that the gal has been drinking from the wudder of Philly’s music freak pool. These days, you’ll find her wailing and flailing about while drawing onlookers at DIY spaces fronting her latest project Evil Sword. You can join the bizarreness tonight at Little Berlin when she opens for avant-folk veterans Hermit Thrushes. Yeah, things are about to get very weird in the Kensington multi-purpose art space. Litte Berlin, 2430 Coral St., 7pm, $5, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman

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