Kid Dynamite

R5 Productions Presents

Kid Dynamite

No Friends, Spraynard

Sun, September 11, 2011

5:00 pm

First Unitarian Church

Philadelphia, PA

$15.00

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This event is all ages

A Benefit for the Philadelphia Free School http://www.phillyfreeschool.org/ http://www.facebook.com/phillyfreeschool A night of fun and fund raising as we welcome Philadelphia's newest educational alternative, the Philadelphia Free School. A democratic school operated by its students, staff, parents, and community members. A portion of the ticket price will go directly to buying musical instruments for the school. We will also be taking donations of gently used musical gear, so if you have an old guitar that you no longer use but it can still sign, please bring it with you. Don't miss the raffle for one of a kind goodie bags donated by Alternative Press, Vegan Treats, Fat Wreck Chords, Grindcore House, Chunksaah, Deathwish Inc., Revelation, Jade Tree, Shirts For A Cure and more!

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Kid Dynamite
Kid Dynamite
Featuring the duo responsible for one of the most classic Lifetime lineups, Kid Dynamite boasted an irrefutable core. The chemistry between drummer Dave Wagenschutz and guitarist Dan Yemin was already established when Jay Shevchuk stole an audition as the group's vocalist. Resurrecting "whoah"s and sing-a-long choruses once thought only to be found in early 7 Seconds and late Naked Raygun, Shevchuk presented an ideal, gritty foil to Yemin's post-Jersey's Best Dancers writing-now with polished melodies and a more pointed, aggro edge. In two years and two full-lengths, the band picked up where Lifetime left off, rousing the young and reminding the old that no, they hadn't seen it all.
No Friends
No Friends
To be honest, No Friends doesn't have an epic back story or even a mildly hilarious anecdote to describe their history. Tony met Sam, Richard and Alex when New Mexican Disaster Squad was on tour with Strike Anywhere and Municipal Waste back in 2002. They dug each other's bands and liked hanging out, so they kept in touch and played some more shows together. When Tony heard that NMDS was going belly up in late 2009, he called Richard and said, "Dude, what's up with New Mexican?" Richard replied, "We're done. Brian can't tour anymore so we're calling it quits. We don't want to keep the band going without him." Tony replied, "Well, you guys need to start a hardcore band with me!" They said, "Fuck yeah." Enabled by an array of modern technological wizardry, Sam, Richard, and Alex were able to write and record demos in Florida and email them to Tony, who spent tedious tour drives writing lyrics and throwing in his input. With only 6 practices under their belt, they hit the studio and recorded a full-length which saw the light of day in August of 2009 on No Idea Records.
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.
Venue Information:
First Unitarian Church
2125 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19103
http://www.philauu.org/