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December 2014
The Spirit of the Beehive
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There is something rather dark and mysterious about a band that takes its name from a classic Spanish film that focuses on its protagonist, a young girl, who becomes fascinated by the 1931 horror movie, Frankenstein. And with an album cover that portrays a child in a bee costume positioned in front of a tombstone saying, “Here Lies Mom-n-Dad Now Their Gone Isn’t That Sad,” you can’t help but be intrigued, if not a bit disturbed. The Spirit of the Beehive is a local fledgling outfit who has popped up on my radar this past year, appearing on numerous bills, oftentimes at DIY spaces. The band has further grabbed my attention with its debut self-titled full-length album, which was recorded by The Weaks/ex-Dangerous Ponies, Evan Bernard and Chris Baglivo, and released via rising Philly indie label Ranch Records.  
 
The record’s opening track, “Roll Over,” begins with an eerie instrumentation before a languid female voice comes in with barely intelligible lines. “Cycles in and out of morphine hazes. Finding spaces between your floorboards. And I watch the dust move.” Thankfully the group provides us with lyrics on its Bandcamp page; otherwise, the beautifully poetic verses filled with drug-fueled imagery would be lost in the wash of power chords and feedback. “All lost in the black market. To wait in the fix aisle, I roll over.” You also get a sense of the band’s lo-fi, DIY aesthetic when you are abruptly taken out of the world, created by the album’s first, with studio chatter before moving on to the next track. With “Short Walk,” you can’t help but feel the influences of greats like Nirvana and more recently Creepoid with the hushed vocals and sonic bursts. These two tracks set the tone for the first half of the LP, where you travel in and out of the territories of dream pop and shoegaze when the female lead vocals grab a hold of you and then the grungier, harder-edged side takes over with the male lead. This juxtaposition provides quite an enjoyable balance that I actually wished went on longer throughout the record.
 
It’s not until “Ether,” where the two combine forces, changing the dynamic of their relationship. The title of the song suggests that you might be finding something more ethereal; however, the driving bass line provides a sense of urgency throughout the track. It also marks the point where the male lead begins to dominate the rest of the album, while taking on some of the characteristics of its counterpart. What remains a constant is a psychedelic, drug-filled angst full of guitar licks and distortion, giving off the vibe of a band that is here to rock, and they don’t care if you are ready for it or not.
 
The Spirit of the Beehive closes out their ambitious LP with the longest and cleanest sounding recording on the album, “Fever Dream,” demonstrating that they don’t need to hide behind studio effects, while making you wonder where their follow-up release will go next. It’s an eclectic and modern sounding record that also pulls from past genres I hold close to my chest. I highly recommend that you go download it ASAP. - Q.D. Tran

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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!

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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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Free Download: "SELF-PROPELLED ORGANISM" - Mohican & Debut Release From New Local Indie Label Parts Philly

Check out and download for free the new epic jam called "SELF-PROPELLED ORGANISM" from instrumental four-piece Mohican! It's the inaugural release from Parts Philly, a new local indie label from Creepoid's Pat Troxell and Bonfire co-worker Kevin Horn, which was created to be a jump-off label for local bands to help expose the killer music coming out of Philly. Troxell and Horn became big fans of Mohican after catching them live at a house show. Be on the look out for more releases from Parts Philly coming in the near futture!

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The Deli Philly’s Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Mohican

Do not call local instrumental rock quartet Mohican a post-rock band. The Philly natives recently impressed us with their patient, stoney jams, and took top honors in our Featured Artist(s) Poll. You can learn more about the group’s dislikes and likes in our interview HERE. Also catch them live on Thursday, April 25 at the North Star Bar. 

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