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The Deli Philly’s September Record of the Month: Strength - Bad Heaven Ltd.

Somber strokes of guitar and a light dusting of drums develop the intimate closeness of “Inp,” the first song on Bad Heaven Ltd.’s sophomore album Strength. Amid an overarching sense of loneliness, the power and positivity of personal connection remains as John Galm (ex-Snowing) suggests, “…and I know that evening’s empire won’t absolve this place. I'll burn three cigarettes, and you can call it sage. I'll sigh a benediction after all its praise for thee.”

In contrast to the previous calm, “Almost” immediately rushes and rumbles creating a chaotic, contemplative intensity that then gives way to melancholy strings and a gentle, folk-oriented rumination. “Alex is lonely. They think that their body is worthless. It’s hard to stay hopeful, when you think that you lack a purpose.” There’s a refined elegance as the instrumentation gradually builds with a beautiful release that also seemingly serves as a tribute, rekindling the opening theme: “It’s almost better now.”

With the album’s title track, Galm exudes optimism in the moment of declaring, “Lucky and bored in love with you, it’s reasonably fine. I was not true. Try to be more. We’ll see it through.” The recording is punctuated by a demonstrative blaze of guitar, while “Stick Around” revisits the desire for existential meaning and purpose, bridging the divide and connecting on “…you and I,” and then transforming into an intimate, rejuvenating harmony of a duet, with the addition of keys/synth to retain an ethereal quality.

“100” delves into the weight of despair and loneliness within desolate surroundings. However, despite the frustration depicted in the dreary, folk/Americana setting, a glimmer of hope remains. “Fuck your landlord, it’s not their home. I live for you and for you alone.” In opposition, “Cross” serves as a cheerful song of appreciation for the person that’s always there for you. “I love you like a brother. It never ends. See you every weekend my only friend.” That breezy buoyancy is joyously interrupted by an instrumental foray.

The single, “Bed,” sinks into the sadness of depression and the desire for relief. Those quiet contemplations are infused with the force of unrestrained feedback, before acoustic guitar and piano delicately intertwine on “Forever,” describing a cherished relationship. “I just hope that you’re in my life forever. I thank every lucky star that you were born.”

Strength explores the difficulties that life can present and the redemptive qualities of having someone to rely on. They are two things that don’t always coexist together, but have found each other on this powerful release. – Michael Colavita





Weekend Warrior - August 30 - September 1

Hopefully you have Monday off to recover from this week’s Weekend Warrior pick. SRA Records will be hosting its 10th Anniversary Bash this Sunday at PhilaMOCA. The local indie label is never shy about bringing us some of the heaviest, hardest-hitting acts to come out of Philly. The celebration’s stacked lineup will consist of SRA family & friends – Chronic Anxiety, Psychic Teens, The HIRS Collective, Soul Glo, Solarized, Exmaid, FOD, and Gene London Calling. Get there early for the matinee hours and beyond! And if you happen to be one of the unfortunate ones who don’t have Labor Day off, then just quit already because they obviously don’t appreciate you. – Alexis V.

Other places where you can spend your Labor Day weekend…

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SUN SRA Records 10th Anniversary Bash: HIRS, Soul Glo, Psychic Teens, FOD, Solarized, Exmaid, Gene London Calling, Chronic Anxiety

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI YellPunk Fest: The Droopies, Gaz, SAT Dania Hallak 

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Sleep Tactics (Record Release), Savage Dads, Timelost 

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Possum Kingdom, The Agoraphobix / DJs Paul T and Sean Hearn, SAT Witching, SUN Necrosexual, Basilysk, Atomic Cretins

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Rebel Foster, DJ Dommis, Mike Voss, Ill Dill Tha Vill, PRLM CHLD, Boob Mile$, Patrick Feliciano, SAT DJ Richard Reich, DJ Elijah Arms

TLA (334 South St.) FRI Petty Levels & Saucy Sev

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Grunge-A-Palooza:The Elysiums, White Limo, Superunknown, Purple to the Core/Urban Guerilla Orchestra, Al Chestnut

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Put Children First Charity Event: Dead Robins, Tortuga, The 1940s

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Bazmati Vice, Ariel Skye, SAT Chalk & The Beige Americans, Dirty Soap, Kelsey Cork & The Swigs, Jesse Gimbel

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Adventure Lost, Det Cart Sid, SAT Body Spray, Nowhere, SUN Soft Idiot

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI A Benefit for Tina Quigley: Reward, Nonfiction, Brandish, SAT Michael Wavves, Trent Thomas,Alex Catrambone, Sami Rahman 

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) SAT DJ Deejay

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Live Band Karaoke, SAT Live Band Karaoke, SUN Rusty Cadillac 

Century (1350 S 29th St.) FRI Douse, Doused, SAT No Gods, Polemicist

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Scarlet and the Degenerates, DRACO, The Russells, Wormtooth, X88B88

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) SAT Kalicade, SUN Ear Me Now

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI This Temper SAT Packed Lunch, Moment To Capitalize, The Jumping Juvies

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Splintered Sunlight, Jah People

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) FRI Flesh Tomb, Schotzi, SAT Fixation, The Grip, SUN Moment To Capitalize

Warehouse on Watts (923 N. Watts St.) FRI  Grace Vonderkuhn, Miss Cantaloupe, SAT DJ Lean Wit It 

Couchtown (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI City Dressed, Rasan In The Heyday (Solo)

Free Candy (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Moral Crayfish

Hubris House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Telyscopes, Vague Advice, Samryebread

TRUCK (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Puppy Angst

Made In America (Ben Franklin Pkwy.)SAT Pink Sweat$, SUN Lil Uzi Vert, Tierra Whack, Kur





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Jonny Polonsky
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Parkside Lounge
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Washburn & the River
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New Trash Boy LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Trash Boy’s new full-length album, Who Will Take the Trash Out When We're Gone? (which was produced by Kyle Pulley at Headroom Studios), is now available via Good How Are You Records. Energetic, venting vignettes express frustration/agitation over daily personal, professional, and societal issues. It’s a cathartic collection of tracks with anthemic hooks. The quartet is currently scheduled to perform in Philly on a Wednesday, October 30 at Johnny Brenda’s, on a billing that also features Full Bush and Teenage Bigfoot.

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