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April 2014
Creepoid
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The perfect solace for winter’s passing, Creepoid’s second full-length self-titled LP combines the zeitgeist of 90's grunge with pristine dissonance and somber lyricism. Released earlier this month by No Idea Records, Creepoid is eerie, melodic and stirring from beginning to end. 

The record’s introductory track “Nauda” opens with a singular note that swells into a melody, aligning itself with the listener in a way that feels confessional yet synonymous. A well-wrought continuation of the earnest diction reminiscent of Horse Heaven, “Nauda” is as bittersweet as its vocals, informed by the paradox of loneliness and longing. Expanding into a cinematically moody soundscape, guitars wail like sirens, beckoning chords to crash and settle into a fading ricochet - a premonition of “Sunday.” Coupled with acoustic strums and crisp vocal croons, a solemn request, “take my light and pull it out,” is beautifully melodic with perfectly placed tambourine that brings to mind the memorable mood concentrated. Exploring the affect and consequence of relational presence and its subsequent absence, the orchestration of “Sunday” renders a relatable narrative evocatively raw and sincere. 

“Yellow Wallpaper” ignites with driving bass and swirling riffs. As if resurrecting the perfection of Jeremy Enigk (ex-Sunny Day Real Estate), a la “Killed By An Angel” meets “Pillars,” the song evokes an eerie all consuming sense of the sublime that centers the track’s duration. Like an extension of Horse Heaven’s “Hollow Doubt,” the contextual weight of “Yellow Wallpaper” is harmonically haunting and intentionally poignant. “Baptism” washes over its listener in waves of riffs and echoed vocals that occupy an emotive territory similar to lesser-known tracks by Sonic Youth, subverted and painted darker by the brooding buzz reminiscent of shoegaze greats like My Bloody Valentine. 

In its decline, “Baptism” casts a feeling of transcendent submersion, befitting its namesake. With a crystallized aggression, “Gout” does the same - urgent and arresting with visceral shouts and screams. “Stay Inside” is considerably more subdued than the album’s preceding tracks but equally mesmerizing, unfolding “Tired Eyes,” a hypnotic chant of a fatigued psychedelic. “Golden String” feels slightly optimistic, while “Acrimony” blossoms then retracts into a reserved yet deliberate ballad that demands its audience’s attention like a gloomy lullaby with teeth. “Vulgar,” warm and sunlit, is lush and arresting, setting the stage for the album’s closer “Old Tree,” a jubilant ending to yet another epic compilation of clairvoyant anthems evoked by Creepoid. - Dianca Potts 


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New Song: "Winter War Games" (Acoustic) - American Babies

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New Video: "Dig" (Live at The FADER FORT) - Nothing

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Amanda X Tears Apart Kung Fu Necktie March 30th

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Weekend Warrior, March 28-30

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Other things going down this weekend…
 
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI St. Paul And The Broken Bones,
The Heat Run
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Wild Rompit; RIVER CITY EXTENSION; Cranston Dean SAT THE KALOB GRIFFIN BAND; Ali Wadsworth; The Visitors
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Roof Doctor (Album Release); Son Step; Mumblr; Soda Bomb
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Bondage & Discipline (Debut Show); Revolution, I Love You; SandCastles, SAT (Early) Fight Amp; School Girl; Rye Coalition; Whores (LATE) Oh Bree; The Retinas; Boxed Wine; Twin Berlin (CT)
SUN (EARLY) Smoother; Amanda X; The Joint Chiefs of Math (LATE) Louis Logic; Dewey Decibel; ECID (Minneapolis, MN); Has-Lo
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Sunburster, Serpent Throne, SAT West Philadelphia Orchestra
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT GOODBYE ETC; THE SNAILS; NOBODY YET; THE ESCAPE; DRAKE CITY SUN WEEKENDER; THE LOVE CLUB; DEAL CASINO; DOLLYS
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT The Stray Birds; Caitlin Canty
 
 
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) SAT The Twenty Committee; Beautiful Distortion; Siravo; True Will; Minshara; 1974 (CT)
 
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI Marc Silver Band; Tumbling Bones; Red Tail Ring SAT Cheryl Wheeler
 
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI The Naked Sun
 
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI SPARKLEFIGHT.; Get Shot! SUN Bosom Band, Hot Dose, Xenia Dunford, Charlie Phillips
 
 
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Marge, Ghost Gum SAT Likers, The Fantastic Imagination SUN Hermit Thrushes, Rasputin's Secret Police

New Track: "Wrecking Ball" (Miley Cyrus Cover) - Lockets

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Bondage & Discipline Play Inaugural Show at Kung Fu Necktie Tonight

It came as a shock to many when supercharged, electronically-infused punk band The National Rifle announced that they were disbanding and starting a new project in late 2013. But the bands remaining members Hugh Morretta, Lynna Stancato, and Buddy Mazzenga used their downtime to create a bold new project, Bondage & Discipline, that relies more heavily on the electronic beats and female vocals that they utilized so well as The National Rifle.
 
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New Video: "Dreams and Dreams of You" (On the Hill Session) - Chelsea Mitchell

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