Puerto Rico Flowers

R5 Productions Presents

Puerto Rico Flowers

Iceage, Leather

Sun, June 19, 2011

7:00 pm

The Barbary

Philadelphia, PA

$10.00

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is all ages

A Co-Presentation With No Wavelength

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Puerto Rico Flowers
Puerto Rico Flowers
John Sharkey III is the new prime mover of the dark pop resurgence with Puerto Rico Flowers. After the smoke blew free from the rubble that was Clockleaner, Sharkey burrowed deep into the smoother sound the group folded under in order to find his own voice. From, “4,” to, “2,” his newly crafted Puerto Rico Flowers has sliced through all of the current buzz with its rich and saturated sound coupled with ever-surprising pop sensibilities. Every song from “Let’s Make Friends” to the cover of “When Your Lonely Heart Breaks” has not been carried by the pulsing streams of snyth, but instead by a rich bassline rallied onward by subdued wardrums. All of this has been alchemized by the emphatic voice of Sharkey himself. His signature croon dips in directions such as John Cale and Dave Gahan spilling out onto the larger similarities between Puerto Rico Flowers and bands such as Depeche Mode (with nods to early New Order). Keeping the same curt demeanor in tow, as with the “4” and “2” previous releases, the project will see its first proper full length simply titled “7.” Here, the evolution of sound continues to new dynamisms while maintaining that same foundation of simplicity. Tracks such as “Freezing Tears,” place a steady beat behind the wheel that is carried by Sharkey’s flowing vocals while pieces such as “After the weekend” see PRF exploring new places of quiet. Yet the anthemic quality of songs such as “3 Sisters” and “I Feel Good” hit with the same power as “Let’s Make Friends.” Overall what is to be held on “7” is a maturation and a liqueur smoothness of sound. The raw traits of the previous PRF releases have not been lost, but transformed into an organically focused execution. Embraced together, this new issuance of sounds is not unlike a skinhead crying. PRF will be playing selective dates in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, and Baltimore this year.
Iceage
Iceage
Just out of their teens, it seems Copenhagen’s Iceage have only added to the anxiety and tension that made their debut album, New Brigade, so compelling. But now, they’re challenging their raging emotions instead of simply expressing them. You're Nothing, Iceage’s sophomore album, is the sound of a band pushing their singular mix of punk, Goth, hardcore, and post-punk to even further extremes.
It’s overwhelming how many ways Iceage have found to write the short aggressive rock song.

When you see Iceage live you get the feeling the songs are just about to fall apart before miraculously recovering, always rewarding you with a climax. This menacing energy is more forceful on You're Nothing. It is a more epic sound, like a rough sea.
Leather
Leather
With only a hard to find cassette demo, one sold out 7”, a smattering of blog posts and some messageboard banter in their wake, Philadelphia’s Leather have just begun to emerge from an existence unknown to all but those “in the know.” Sterile, their new 7" EP release on the legendary East Coast indie label Jade Tree, is surely not the first adjective that crosses one’s mind when confronted with the noisy hardcore on this 4 song EP, aptly described by compatriot and Clockcleaner frontman John Sharkey as the likely result “...if Tad Doyle had owned Age Of Quarrel and actually listened to it.” It’s safe to say that picking up this vinyl will mean reliving these ten minutes hundreds of times over while waiting for the next recorded dose or a chance to witness a live show (likely to be in a dilapidated warehouse or a basement as grimy as their sound).
Venue Information:
The Barbary
951 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
http://www.myspace.com/thenewbarbary