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October 2015
Shelf Life
"Everyone Make Happy
Everyone Make Happy, the debut LP from Shelf Life, via Lefse Records, finds an absorbing lyrical yet comforting instrumental balance. Scott Leitch (ex-Pirouette/recent drummer for Alex G) cultivates songs that gently sway with internal warmth, while placing listeners in a deeply personal, somber state.
Space-warping synths smoothly land on the surface in “The Curse,” the initial introduction to Everyone Make Happy. Those glowing synths fade to the background as the airy, easily-assimilated acoustic guitar provides shimmers of daylight onto the song’s anguished lyrical tone - “bathe in sister’s blood/talk to the ghost of my dad’s mom/about nothing but heaven and the cancer in her gut.”
Pushed by its percussion, “Mark II” delivers what appears as subtle instrumentation, penetrating beyond the surface as a tight bedroom-pop sound. What starts drearily - “wake me up, when my lungs, start to pump normally” - lifts the shades to the point of optimism. “There’s always something in the sunlight,” riding a casual, almost accidental groove along the way. The album continuously stares directly into sadness, observing a very real place of grief. In “Creature” with its road-worn, country-folk twang , Leitch addresses the questioning nature of a sickness as a somber cloud hangs overhead. “I ask myself what my Father would do/he’d fold his hands lean to belief/but the creature inside him is not inside of me.”
“Low Key Lumber Theft” forebodingly spirals forward as the last dashes of daylight fall below the horizon. The guitar crisply cuts through dusk, venturing further out of sight as it gains momentum and then coolly concludes. With a daydreaming-psych vibe, “Time Traveler” moves into a nostalgic familiar space, which although consoling - “I am meeting the past/it is just how I thought/I have found what I lost” - still cuts - “You had gone away.” An anecdotal throwback, “Double Dare” soaks into your mind with its direct lyricism and catchy melodies, a la Alex G, while “Sinking Just Right” lulls you into a submissive calm of internal self-doubt - “does everybody hate me, just a little, little, little bit” - drifting until your “sinking just right.”
This album delicately balances the weight of emotional darkness with a glimpse of the light, from outside pushing in through the cracks. - Michael Colavita

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Mohican Paint a Post-apocalyptic Aftermath at Ortlieb's Sept. 19

The cinematic score one pictures in a post-apocalyptic scenario instrumentally aches with the feelings of destruction and loss. As one traverses the new terrain, those sullen moments are transformed as a desire to take action emerges; the tempo increases, and urgency rules over despair. The instrumental trio of Mohican orchestrates sonic scenes that paint the aftermath in a poignant hard-hitting manner - a noisy precision that hits like an adrenaline shot and is quelled by somber moments of solace. With The Abuse Is Character EP now being released via Bob Records on limited cassette, the band occupies the middle slot this evening at Ortlieb’s. Ream, a new project that includes members of Abilities, opens offering a relaxed yet instrumentally rich journey. Post-hardcore four-piece Let It Out Matt headline, acknowledging a sense of despair while exhibiting an instrumental precision that provides a stabilizing fortitude. Ortlieb’s, 847 N. Third St., 7pm, $8, 21+ - Michael Colavita


Follow Mohican at Boot & Saddle April 14

Instrumental soundscapes will be in full bloom this evening at Boot & Saddle. The trio of Mohican pushes their sonic tools; stretching over the long haul, that journey results in a crisp and at times heavy sound. The band works in and out of defined areas often changing tempo, slowing down, and allowing a pensive tone to ruminate or progressively build, gaining traction so that it can rain down upon reaching the summit. There is definitely an expansive vibe, but it’s delivered by precise hands. So, although it may be appear easy to get lost in the musical scenery, the group knows exactly where it’s going. The duo of Jeff Lucci & Josh Aptner, a.k.a. Air is Human, continues to explore the stratosphere with their latest EP EQ1, whose wandering ambient songs will be performed tonight - a captivating series of twists and turns that gravitationally draw one in allowing them to ever so briefly shed that earthly weight. Endor Endor allows your thoughts to marinate in the sonic ventures of Matt Weber (Young Statues/Bacio) and Tom Ryan (Young Statues/Atomic Square) to start things off. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita

New Mohican EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Below is the latest EP from instrumental rock outfit Mohican entitled The Abuse Is Character, the follow-up to the band's debut Honest Red. Captured live on a snowy winter day and during a sweltering summer heat wave in a Philly warehouse space, the album was recorded and mixed by Brad Wallace. The Abuse Is Character was released via Parts Philly/Swamp Youth Collective, and is available for purchase. Enjoy!


Weekend Warrior, January 17 - 19

The Boot & Saddle will be going out there this Saturday night as it welcomes three unique bands, who are known for the elaborate and transcendental soundscapes that their instrumentals create. Notorious for their “metal for astronauts,” Rosetta creates a programmatic soundtrack of pulse pounding drums, thrashing yet vibrant guitar riffs, ambient electronics, and sludge vocals that transport the listener on an otherworldly flight through time and space. From their epic debut The Galilean Satellites to their first totally independent release The Anaesthete, they have delivered riveting performances all across the globe, and their first Philly show of the year should be no exception. They are no strangers to sharing the stage with electronic virtuosos Grimace Federation, and heavy, apocalyptic instrumentalists Mohican will be in their element as they play in support of their newly released EP The Abuse Is Character. The Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St, 9PM, $10 21+ - Bill McThrill
More places to be this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Haggard, SAT Geology, Oldermost
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI (Early) Strength For A Reason, Rock Bottom, Heathen Reign, (Late) Rockers Galore, SAT Killer Bangs, SUN The Rivals, Younger Me
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Sunburster, Serpent Throne, SAT West Philadelphia Orchestra
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SUN Our Waking Deception
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Tungsten Album Release Party w/Power Theory, Mistress
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Vertical Current, SAT Our Griffins
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Big Plastic Finger, Curandoros, NoiseMan
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI You Do You Release Show w/Tin Horses, The Great Vibration, Song Dogs, SAT Johnny Flynn, The Melodic
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SAT HOSER, Snoozer, Village, APE!, the Cloth
JR’s (2327 S. Croskey St.) Benefit for Project MEOW FRI Nightfall, Spent Flesh, Retreevers (Tape Release), Janelle (Tape Release), SGNLS, Population Zero, SAT Plague Dogs, Casket, (Record Release), Alement, Occult 45 (Record Release)
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) SAT True Will, Plantation, 20til8, Pravda, Starskream
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SAT Bees In A Bottle
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Ill Doots, Ashley Leone, Supreem and The New Experience, Platinum Mustache, SAT John The Conqueror
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Lamplighters, SAT Reality Childs, SUN All Shepherds We Shall Be, Panic Sets In, Lower The Standard, Hansford, Winderemere
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Sacred Cube, The Madeleine Haze, Fate 88, SAT Leo Minor, Funky T, Moonshine Heather, Hardwork Movement
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Rolling Stones Tribute Night w/The Jesse Lundy Band: Mach 4, Brown Sugar, North Lawrence Midnight Singers and Friends
Little Berlin (2430 Coral St.) SAT Jesse Spearhawk, Mitch Esparza
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Crybaby, Endless Mike and the Beagle Club, Pocket, Marge, SUN Kids, Sore Saints
Great Indoors (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN The Ambulars, Heavy Bangs
Freedom 75 (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Cut The Motor, Eyeshock Swelter

Mohican Taking Over at KFN Jan. 7

Instrumental rock trio Mohican is quickly becoming a favorite in Philly among its musicians and bookers/promoters. It’s quite understandable as their emotive jams wax and wane from beautiful, airy strolls to epic crescendos. The band is getting ready to release their next album The Abuse Is Character on January 16. They’ll be taking over Kung Fu Necktie tonight when the group headlines its main stage with support from D.C.’s Myrrh Myrrh, Village and Timbers. But the night won’t end when the bands unplug because Mohican will also be hosting an after-party where they’ll be spinning tunes to keep everyone warm. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Alexis V.




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