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May 2016
"Love Songs
Philly rock ‘n’ rollers Justin Pittney, Mike Cammarata, and Kyle Garvey (a.k.a. Residuels) revamp essential garage cuts on their latest release Love Songs. Available now via Suicide Bong Tapes, the three-piece’s cassette kick-starts with a full-throttle rendition of Rich Berry’s “Have Love, Will Travel.” The power trio’s frenetic take on the song that put bands like Thee Headcoatees and Paul Revere & the Raiders on the map is far from derivative. From the very first lick of guitar, Pittney and his bandmates tap into the original fury at the center of “Have Love Will Travel,” using crashing riffs and uninhibited vocals reminiscent of The Gories.
Residuels’ take on The Damned’s debut single “New Rose” is similarly inventive, giving listeners an unadulterated taste of the original song’s rhythm and fuzz. Pittney channels Dave Vanian with ease, mimicking the legendary Londoner’s punk-as-fuck diction as if he wrote the track himself. Clocking in at a few seconds shy of three minutes, the second track on Love Songs is arguably one of the best renditions of the ‘76 single.
The same could be said for “You’re Gonna Miss Me.” Opening with a guttural scream, the group’s tribute to psych-rock icons The 13th Floor Elevators is perfectly executed, with each chord and clash of cymbal adding to the instrumented intensity of the already well-loved garage classic. “You’re Gonna Miss Me” feels like a stubborn tantrum, the sonic manifestation of the sort of longing that is borne of desperation and pure desire that is mirrored in the album’s closer “It Girl.” Residuels’ jangly styling of one the most lovelorn (and heart-wrenching) tracks on The Brian Jonestown Massacre's fifth LP is equally captivating, despite being one of Love Song’s quietest tracks, leaving listeners smitten. For die-hard fans of garage rock and newcomers alike, Love Songs doesn’t just pay homage to the genre’s past; it celebrates its vibrant present. - Dianca London

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Laser Background Record Release Show at Ortlieb's May 13

Correct, the new LP from the Andy Moholt-led musical vehicle of Laser Background, was officially released today via La Société Expéditionnaire/Endless Daze. The album floats on a cozy cloud of psych-pop, cruising in the upper atmosphere of melodic mystery. The tones are invitingly transmitted from somewhere out there; however, invigorating trance-inducing tropical warmth maintains a sense of closeness twinkling in a mystical manner magnetizing the fantasy. Tonight, Ortlieb’s hosts a performance punctuating the album’s arrival. With their own new record Suspended Animation due out in roughly a month’s time, the infectious crisply stacked tunes of Brooklyn’s Leapling occupy the middle slot. The dreary captivating grit of Beth Israel kicks open the doors. Ortlieb’s, 847 N. 3rd St., 8pm, $10, 21+ (Photo by Natalie Piserchio) - Michael Colavita

Scantron Opening for Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds at KFN May 13

In the past three decades, Kid Congo Powers has been active in some of the most iconic, genre-defining bands in garage rock. Previously involved with The Cramps, The Gun Club, and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, it’s safe to say he’s got his garage rock chops. These days, the project that serves as his main creative outlet is dubbed The Pink Monkey Birds, and they stay faithful to the Kid’s celebrated noise-laden, macabre, dirty garage roots. This Friday, the group is coming to Kung Fu Necktie with openers Scantron, a band appropriately committed to gritty garage rompers and who have pledged fealty to the tradition pioneered by Kid Congo’s efforts. The guitar buzz and the energy feel distinctly punk influenced, but Scantron reintroduces a 50's style twist and swing motif to their back-looking method. The result gives the band more of a party energy, with soulful hooks and a persistent pace that are designed to get your feet moving. Also, catch The Whips for more slap-back 50's style hooks and bad boy greaser vibes. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 7pm, $12, 21+ - Bryce Woodcock


New Gondola EP Available For Streaming & Purchase

Recorded during the same sessions that resulted in their Get Bent album, Gondola recently issued a new EP The Floating East. The triad of songs captures a possessing mind-warping heaviness. The sticky fire of guitar licks slices through, unifying the pounding propulsion of bass and percussion as the vocals steer from deep in the valley. Catch the trio in the opening slot at Underground Arts Saturday as part of a lineup that also includes Creepoid, Kohoutek, and Dead Meadow. 


Ticket Giveaway: Dead Meadow, Creepoid, Gondola & Kohoutek at Underground Arts This Saturday

We have a killer show that we want to send you to this Saturday, May 16 at Underground Arts with Dead MeadowCreepoidGondola, and Kohoutek. To enter for a chance to win a pair of tix, just send an email to thedelimagazinephiladelphia@gmail.com with the subject line "Bring Out Your Dead!" Please also include your cell number in the body of the message (in case of an emergency). Good luck! 


Radiator Hospital Returns at PhilaMOCA May 11

For the last handful of years, Radiator Hospital, a.k.a. Sam Cook-Parrott, has been consistently rockin' the Philly DIY scene’s socks. Cook-Parrott has struck a good musical balance between widely accessible power pop and raw DIY twee punk. His tone is breezy but serenely emotive, falling on the twee scale much closer to Teenage Fanclub’s broad, sweeping sound than the forceful, closed-chord tunes of Talulah Gosh. This evening at PhilaMOCA will be Radiator Hospital's first performance in Philly since November so don't miss out on his uniquely charming pop songs. He'll also finally have in tow copies of his split LP with Great Thunder, titled The Great Thunder Radiator Hospital Wedding Album. You can catch him sharing the bill tonight with Scotland’s The Spook School, a band with the effervescent energy to match Go Sailor, Bent Shapes, the even janglier version of The Feelies, and Littler, the little twee band with big guitars and bigger feelings. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 7pm, $5-$7, All Ages - Bryce Woodcock 


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