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Blood Sound’s post-punk tracks are informed by an audible nostalgia for the dance floors and goth clubs of the latter ‘80s. Their latest LP Nightclub is a hybrid of dark wave and dream pop. Marrying synth-drenched harmonies with emotively vibrant lyricism, the subtle romantics of the band’s debut full-length fit seamlessly with the buzzing percussive backbeats of earlier cuts by Cold Cave (circa Love Comes Close) or The Cure’s “Primary” stripped bare to its core.
 
“TV Synth 1” sets the tone for Nightclub’s narrative with a brief yet textured prelude to “I Don’t Want.” Relatable like an antithesis of The Smiths’ “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out,” Blood Sound’s “I Don’t Want” personifies the complexities of yearning, desire, and loneliness. As frontman Chris Jordan croons “I don’t want the city’s lights to go down/I don’t want to find home,” guitar riffs magnify the weight of his words without casting them melodramatic. The track is a fitting anthem for the passing of youth, failed love, and transition.
 
The buzzing start of “L.A. Punk” explores that thin line between authenticity and commoditization, the song’s instrumentation paying homage in its own way to the early underground and its subsequent subcultures. As if channeling a sedated rendition of Peter Murphy’s tone and diction, “L.A. Punk” is as memorable as it is brooding. “Acid Summer” gives an inward glimpse at the intimate nature of grief, mortality, and memory. When Jordan sings, “The 1980s died that day,” the listener feels it in their gut. It’s undeniable. The connection between what is experienced and how that experience is remembered is amplified by the track’s thumping tempo.
 
“Empty” plays out like the perfect soundtrack to an inevitable breakup, coupling affection with exhaustion, with the synth framing the heart-wrenching truth of lines like “I was too in love to say/that your story was a bore/Now I gave up on bad dreams and endings/beginnings and beginnings.” It offers a viable catharsis for jilted lovers with a penchant for fuzzed-out refrains.
 
“TV Synth 2” precedes the lyrically minimal yet heavy “Embrace” which serves as Nightclub’s melodic memento mori. “Almost” is subdued yet gripping, slowing the momentum of the record in advanced of “TV Synth 3,” which unfolds like a VHS fever dream. “Fake Blood” is evocative, with reverb and a pulsating backbeat that swells as the song progresses. Arguably the darkest track on the album, Jordan’s diction is hypnotic, “Kill your dreams and wait for/the fake blood to pour out.”
 
Ending with the well-placed “Catacombs,” Nightclub’s final track encapsulates the thrill of beginnings and the way one remembers them. Set to a beat reminiscent of Joy Division’s quintessential single “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” “Catacombs,” much like the songs that precede it, is reason alone to return to Nightclub. - Dianca London Potts

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March 02, 2015
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Blood Sound’s post-punk tracks are informed by an audible nostalgia for the dance floors and goth clubs of the latter ‘80s. Their latest LP Nightclub is a hybrid of dark wave and dream pop. Marrying synth-drenched harmonies with emotively vibrant lyricism, the subtle romantics of the band’s debut full-length fit seamlessly with the buzzing percussive backbeats of earlier cuts by Cold Cave (circa Love Comes Close) or The Cure’s “Primary” stripped bare to its core.
 
“TV Synth 1” sets the tone for Nightclub’s narrative with a brief yet textured prelude to “I Don’t Want.” Relatable like an antithesis of The Smiths’ “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out,” Blood Sound’s “I Don’t Want” personifies the complexities of yearning, desire, and loneliness. As frontman Chris Jordan croons “I don’t want the city’s lights to go down/I don’t want to find home,” guitar riffs magnify the weight of his words without casting them melodramatic. The track is a fitting anthem for the passing of youth, failed love, and transition.
 
The buzzing start of “L.A. Punk” explores that thin line between authenticity and commoditization, the song’s instrumentation paying homage in its own way to the early underground and its subsequent subcultures. As if channeling a sedated rendition of Peter Murphy’s tone and diction, “L.A. Punk” is as memorable as it is brooding. “Acid Summer” gives an inward glimpse at the intimate nature of grief, mortality, and memory. When Jordan sings, “The 1980s died that day,” the listener feels it in their gut. It’s undeniable. The connection between what is experienced and how that experience is remembered is amplified by the track’s thumping tempo.
 
“Empty” plays out like the perfect soundtrack to an inevitable breakup, coupling affection with exhaustion, with the synth framing the heart-wrenching truth of lines like “I was too in love to say/that your story was a bore/Now I gave up on bad dreams and endings/beginnings and beginnings.” It offers a viable catharsis for jilted lovers with a penchant for fuzzed-out refrains.
 
“TV Synth 2” precedes the lyrically minimal yet heavy “Embrace” which serves as Nightclub’s melodic memento mori. “Almost” is subdued yet gripping, slowing the momentum of the record in advanced of “TV Synth 3,” which unfolds like a VHS fever dream. “Fake Blood” is evocative, with reverb and a pulsating backbeat that swells as the song progresses. Arguably the darkest track on the album, Jordan’s diction is hypnotic, “Kill your dreams and wait for/the fake blood to pour out.”
 
Ending with the well-placed “Catacombs,” Nightclub’s final track encapsulates the thrill of beginnings and the way one remembers them. Set to a beat reminiscent of Joy Division’s quintessential single “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” “Catacombs,” much like the songs that precede it, is reason alone to return to Nightclub. - Dianca London Potts

March 02, 2015
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Though electro-pop crew Work Drugs have been taking a break from performing out live in 2015, they just announced a new show on Saturday, April 25 at Johnny Brenda's. They also shared a woozy lyric music video for their new song "Chase the Night." It's the first single from their forthcoming album Louisa, which is due out this summer. You can download the track for free HERE.

March 02, 2015
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The good folks at Tri State Indie will be holding their 4th annual Tri State Indie Awards tonight at World Cafe Live. The event spotlights the fine work that those in the region's music community have been doing in the past year. You'll find local area favorites Son Little, Tutlie, Satellite Hearts and more performing throughout the evening. Of course, there will also be drinks specials and friendly faces so come on out and raise a glass. Cheers, y'all! World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 6pm-9:30pm, $20 General/$40 VIP, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman

March 01, 2015
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Former Deli Featured Artist(s) Poll Winners Edelweiss will be bringing their polished post-punk/math-rock tunes to DIY space Michael Jordan this evening. The quartet recently signed to MAD Dragon Records, and will be releasing a four-song 7” in late spring via the Drexel University label. They are going into Headroom Studios next month with Joe Reinhart to record the album, and tonight, Edelweiss will be joined on the bill by Philly’s Slaughter Beach, Dog (the side project of Modern Baseball’s Jake Ewald) and Ohio’s Runaway Brother (Tiny Engines) and Heart Attack Man (Mayfly). Michael Jordan, (Please email michaeljordanhouseshows@gmail.com for more info.), 7pm, $5, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman

February 28, 2015
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Ever since forming from the remnants of The National Rifle in late 2013, Bondage & Discipline have been hard at work honing their sound and creating material for their debut LP. They've also been recording with Todd McCaughey of Cambridge Sound Studios, and are slated to drop the album later this year. But the band just recently shared its third single, “First Kiss,” which is based on a discarded letter that singer/guitarist Hugh Moretta found on a train. It explores a desirous sentiment that was never shared with the person whom inspired it. It also reveals more of the bands danceable ambient electronic beats that you'll be able to hear if you catch them during the Winter of Y-Not Concert Series at Ortlieb's this Saturday night. They'll be joined by Steve Goldberg's melodic synthpop project Resistor and darkwave trio Blood Sound. Ortlieb's, 847 N. 3rd St., 8pm, $8, 21+ - Bill McThrill
 
Other places to chill out for this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Callowhill (7” Release), Dreambook, Whisper, SAT Philly Loves J Dilla: DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Mike Nyce, SUN The Pretty Greens
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.)  FRI Thee Idea Men, SAT Ali Wadsworth, Bill McCloskey, Maitland, SUN Amanda X, Blowdryer
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI CaveWomen, The Plums/Skeleton Hands, SAT Kreig, T.O.M.B./DJ Lil Dave: Good Company
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI-SUN Philly Video Music Festival FRI  (7:30pm) The History of the Music Video Part 1, (10pm) Name That Video, SAT (2:30pm) Extended Play Theater: Longform Videos of the 1980s, (6pm) Metal Movie Madness, (10pm) They Might be Weird: A Burlesque Tribute to Weird Al and They Might Be Giants, SUN (4pm) Life on the V: The Story of V66, (7pm) Backwards Into The Future: 120 Minutes Tribute
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Grimace Federation
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Dry Feet, Le Yikes Surf Club
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT (Balcony) Chartel, SUN (Balcony) Fis Geez, E-Hos
 
TLA (334 South St.) FRI OCD: Moosh & Twist, Ground Up
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SUN 4th Annual Tri State Indie Music Awards
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI Foxhound, August John Lutz II, Gretchen Lohse, SAT Wade in the Water, Jake Cancer Action Man
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI City Rain, Minka, SAT Modern Suits
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI New Sound Brass Band, Something Like A Monument, SAT Bondage & Discipline, Resistor, Blood Sound
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI The Future Race (Record Release), Swarms, Witch Fist, SAT Blendmode
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI The Boom Bap, DJ Coolout SAT DJ Deejay
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) FRI Jason Reed Band, Jessica Graae, Jeremiah Tall
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Pat Finnerty, SAT Dave Steel Blues Band, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Dirty Purple, Soraia, Black Rue, SAT (1pm) Theotis Joe & The Bad Attitude Band, Felicia Punzo, Justin Aries /(7:30pm) Jackie Bobbi, Cris & Lou (Valkyrians) / We…Our War, Givethemrope
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Sparklefight, GASH, 66 Stitches, SAT Corey James & Patrick Fiore, Minerva, Black Rue, Dell-P, Sweet Eureka, Zymotic Flow, Carfax Abbey
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI King Magnetic, SAT Tommy HoGunz, John Tordini
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Curtis Jr., Keystoned, Dave Hoagie & His Heroes, Addison GroveSAT Joshua Popejoy, Alex & The Beggars
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Morse Coda, Spotted Atrocious, SAT Jacqueline Constance
 
El Bar (1356 N. Front St.) SAT Jantones, When Ships Collide, Dan Malloy
 
XO Lounge (1437 South St.) SAT Cal¡co, The Strange Heat, Witch Fist
 
The Rotunda (4014 Walnut St.) SAT Cultureal, Paulette Branson & Mixed People, George Urgo Band
 
Eris Temple Arts (602 S. 52nd St.) FRI S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D., Buster, Spirulina
 
Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St. Suite 76) FRI Quit
 
Everybody Hits! (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Mannequin Pussy, Hound, Sean Plays the Drums
 
Ardmore Music Hall FRI Swift Technique
 
Girard Hall (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI The Spirit of the Beehive, Kerosene
 
The Nest (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Walking Distance (Tape Release), Balloon Boy, Mumblr, SUN Direct Effect, Liam Betson, Marge, Clique, Constraint
 
Hazzard Hall (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Cranes Are Flying (Release Show), Ruby Buff, Problems, Curve
 
3rd & Girard (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT In Place, Little War Twins
 
Safety Meeting (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Hello Shark, Liz & The Lost Boys, Matt Holden (Legs Like Tree Trunks)
 
Lavender Town (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Eleby, Water Polo
 
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Dirt Queen, Harsh Vibes, Legendary Divorce
 
Little King Trash House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Alps Head, Chad Avery
 
Michael Jordan (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Slaughter Beach, Dog, Edelweiss
 
The First Banana (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Blau Gemacht, Hypoxia, Tourism
 
502 South (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Sixties, The Good Excuses, Welter, Proof and Proving, Leadership
 
Second Empire (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Dronez, No

  

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