Plow United (Record Release Show!)

Plow United (Record Release Show!)

The Holy Mess, NONA, Ma Jolie

Sat, March 30, 2013

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 5:30 pm

The Barbary

Philadelphia, PA

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is all ages

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Plow United (Record Release Show!)
Plow United (Record Release Show!)
Fourteen years passed between Plow United records. Fourteen years is a long time. Brian, Joel and Sean spent those 14 years moving restlessly–and separately–around the country and the world, sometimes keeping in touch, sometimes not, sometimes playing music, sometimes not.

But throughout that time, the memories were there: pushing, pulling, guiding. Memories of lessons learned, reminders of scars borne, and the occasional unearthing of an old record while moving from place to place all brought the past to present. And, at the same time, the songs, long out-of-print, were winding their way from person to person and town to town in disembodied, digital form.

The songs on Marching Band are direct responses to the frenetic energy that resurfaced when Plow United took to a stage again in 2011. if you listen carefully, you can almost hear Plow United (circa 1996) performing these tracks. However, one thing Plow circa '96 could not have accounted for is time: these songs are the product of an extra 42 years added to three lives. The old Plow United songs were about wanting to be recognized as adults, or about realizing all the things you'd been told about life and how to live it were wrong, and being fucking pissed about it. The new Plow United songs – the ones on Marching Band – are about not giving in to cynicism, about not lowering expectations, about not giving up hope, even when giving up hope seems like the sensible thing to do.

They say that the first album is the easiest to write. You have your whole lives to write the first album. Subsequent ones have to be cranked out in a year or two. Marching Band is the first Plow United record in over a decade, and in a way that means the band has the chance to make a first album all over again, with all that time and all those new experiences from which to draw, not to mention all those half-finished songs, lyrical snippets jotted down but never completed, songs written for other projects that fizzled out before their time.

From the boundless joy of "Human 2000" - the band's ode to its audience - to the rage, frustration and teeth-gritting determination of "Falling, Deeply", to the raucous affection of "Get Low," it's clear that Plow United has expanded their reach without dulling their edge. Marching Band isn't a comeback. It's a never-left.
The Holy Mess
The Holy Mess
A fashion-crust Pollack, a dude that looks like if Ben Franklin was young and handsome, a drunken 90lb weakling and a hair-farming little guy that looks like he either parties with the Beastie Boys or the Arab Spring walk into a bar. Sounds like the start of a pretty good joke right? Well, this joke calls itself the Holy Mess and chances are that it walks into a bar, breaks a bunch of things, insults a few people, angrily grumbles and then melts your dick right off your pelvis with their sloppily aggressive take on the already sloppy and aggressive pop punk sound popularized by bands like Dillinger 4 and Lifetime. The punchline of the joke is that the Holy Mess don’t give a fuck on a level so profound that when I asked them some history so I could write this bio I just got a message back that said “if that ain’t country, I’ll kiss your ass.” Yet somehow, they have managed to crank out a modern masterpiece of booze soaked, regret fueled bangers that they’ve foolishly titled "Cande Ru Las Degas" and even more foolishly left up to the flying monkeys over at Red Scare Industries to disseminate to the masses, and said dissemination will commence August 2012, so hold onto your fancy opera glasses, grandpa. -Brendan Kelly
NONA
NONA
Like many of their fellow Philadelphians, NONA call the punk scene home, yet are creating music seemingly more akin to the earnest alternative sound of the early ’90s. Think equal parts The Lemonheads, Veruca Salt, and Dookie era Green Day and you’ll be fairly close to the understanding their influences, but these comparisons only serve as a starting point; NONA‘s music feels remarkably original and current too.

NONA signed to 6131 Records with plans to release their wonderful debut full length, Through The Head, mixed and mastered by Jay Maas (Title Fight, Transit). The final result is an album providing a great, recorded representation of this incredible band. Now looking to the future, NONA will continue their quest to take their brand of infectiously poppy alt-rock to every basement and club that will have them, rocking all of them along the way.
Ma Jolie
Ma Jolie
Ma Jolie is a band from Philadelphia in the vein of Superchunk, Samiam and shit that sounds like that . With members who have all been in multiple active bands, they put together a collection of songs that bring to mind the best of the late 90s punk world. Combining tight, fun rhythms, clever guitar hooks, and catchy vocals, they recently recorded their first record at the Headroom Studio in Philly. They are looking forward to releasing the record soon, but for now, the entire record is available for download on their Bandcamp page - http://majolie.bandcamp.com/
Venue Information:
The Barbary
951 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
http://www.myspace.com/thenewbarbary