Spraynard

Spraynard

Sundials, Armalite, Everyone Everywhere, Timeshares

Sat, May 24, 2014

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

First Unitarian Church

Philadelphia, PA

$10.00 - $12.00

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This event is all ages

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Spraynard
Spraynard
Spraynard was never supposed to end.

But in September 2012, after a long tour in support of their excellent second record Funtitled, that’s exactly what happened. The sons of West Chester, Pennsylvania decided to put the pop punk band, one that wore the intense friendship between its members and a 90s brand of localized, improve-your-community-first brand of feminism like badges of honor, to rest. Drummer Patrick “Dos” Ware picked up with Philadelphia punk band NONA, while guitarist and vocalist Patrick Graham started a pair of bands, the solo project Adult Braces and Martin, a band that would have fit in perfectly on bills with 90s Pennsylvania bands like Plow United, Weston, and Super Hi-Five.

But it never felt like a real end. There was never a last show, and there was always the lingering feeling that one day, whether it be 2014 or 2030, Spraynard was going to pick back up again like nothing had happened. Last year, the band reunited for an unannounced set around the closing of the legendary Secret Art Space in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and in February, the band announced a couple of May shows in Philadelphia and West Chester to support the Asian Man Records release of a compilation LP, The Mark, Tom, and Patrick Show. And on March 31, the band announced they were officially together again.
Sundials
Sundials
Sundials is a 3-piece punk band who takes as much influence from The Lemonheads as they do Alkaline Trio. Their brand of hook filled pop has been filling basements, clubs, and garages since their inception in late 2009, and can currently be found on two full lengths, a collection LP, and a multitude of 7”s.
Armalite
Hi. My name is Atom, and I play in a band called Armalite. We’ve been practicing together for about three years now, and played at least as many shows (at most, eight).

Armalite is composed of four busy-ish, older-ish(?) folks. Most of us play in other, full-on bands, and all of us have stuff that makes it near impossible for Armalite to play outside of the Philadelphia metropolitan area on a regular, or even occasional basis. So far, this is quite a sales pitch, no?

Dan Yemin currently screams, writes songs, and sings occasionally for Paint It Black, and has been in a bunch of bands that people liked, and continue to like, such as Lifetime, Kid Dynamite, and even briefly played guitar for the pile of shit Ressurection.

Mike McKee currently also plays guitar, and sings in Amateur Party (which has a way better name than Armalite - come to think of it, few bands don’t. maybe the punksters Total Society don’t), screamed for Philly hardcore doods and doodette Kill the Man Who Questions. Jeff Ziga currently plays drums for Affirmative Action Jackson, and a rock n’ roll band camp during the summer. Me? I’m a dad of a twenty month old, who is nicknamed ‘The Potato’, and I teach high school physics and chemistry. I used to do a one person band-ish thing called Atom and His Package, but missed playing loud guitar with humans. No Idea Records.
Everyone Everywhere
Everyone Everywhere
A Belated Record Release of Sorts for locals Everyone, Everywhere. Sure, those lovely Promise Ring vibes remain – not to mention hints of Braid’s twisting-yet-tuneful angularity, the crackling anti-anthems of indie heroes Superchunk and Piebald’s off-kilter sense of melody – but the Philly four piece has honed its songwriting chops, dialed in its amps and seriously upped the ante with this emotionally taut ten-song affair.


Always shifting and rarely content to follow verse-chorus-verse norms, Everyone Everywhere flexes some serious instrumental muscle with its patented guitar acrobatics, chunky chords steeped in distortion and fuzz, propulsive rhythms and layers upon layers of richly textured harmonics. Lead vocalist Brendan McHugh’s delivery is reserved yet confident, and his intriguing and obtuse lyrical style is a recipe for certain addiction.

This is music that is kinetic, warm and bright and transmits in both nostalgic and progressive tones all at once. While the ten songs ebb and swell with bittersweet melodies and simultaneously driving and intricate soundscapes, Everyone Everywhere’s stellar Self-Titled debut LP is almost all peaks and no valleys. Maybe as close to perfecting the classic 90s emo / indie rock / power pop style as you’re going to hear all year.
Timeshares
Timeshares
To portray Timeshares as anything more than four friends from downstate New York playing passionate, sincere punk-rock would be a waste of words. “We became friends through music,” says Mike Natoli, the band's bassist, “...Two years ago we started Timeshares together and it feels awesome.” So when these friends found themselves facing a couple of particularly "shitty years" as guitarist Jon Hernandez put it, they banded together to write and record their first full length Bearable. The band, which includes drummer Eric Bedell, guitarist and Jay Mosher, partnered with Kiss of Death Records and Kind of Like Records for a co-release on both vinyl and digital formats. With a blend of rock and punk reminiscent of that sweet spot from the 1990s. Bearable is sure to be loved by fans of early Get Up Kids, Hot Water Music and Avail alike.
Venue Information:
First Unitarian Church
2125 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19103
http://www.philauu.org/