Michigan Rattlers

Michigan Rattlers

The Naked Sun, Instant Bingo

Tue, June 19, 2018

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

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA


This event is 21 and over

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Michigan Rattlers
Michigan Rattlers
Lifelong friends and deep-north natives, musical group Michigan Rattlers play heavy- hearted folk-rock with an aching dose of Midwestern nice. Graham Young (guitar), Adam
Reed (upright bass), and Christian Wilder (piano) began writing music and performing together in their Northern Michigan high school.

“Petoskey is a small place. Beautiful, but secluded. It’s hard to start a musical career in a place where there are more deer than people.”

Still, they regularly played every bar, cafe, and stage in town, developing a musical chemistry informed by the likes of AC/DC, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Seger, and more.

After a few years apart, Reed and Young settled down in Los Angeles, recorded a short demo, and began playing locally. The demo found its way into the hands of super-producer Johnny K (Plain White T's, 3 Doors Down), and they cut the bulk of their first EP at NRG Studios in just one day.

"My favorite music is recorded that way," continues Reed. "You get in a room, plug in, and cut songs live. The energy of the recording comes directly from the physical performance, and it puts the listener into that specific time and place."

This self-titled Michigan Rattlers EP attracted glowing reviews from No Depression, Bluegrass Situation, B3 Science, and Rolling Stone, who named the band one of their “Ten New Country Artists You Need To Know” in 2016. They spent the rest of that year and much of the next touring in support of this release.

In September 2017, Pianist Christian Wilder was added to the band’s lineup. Now a trio, the group headed into the studio to record their newest EP, Wasting the Meaning. Comprised of three cover songs, the project was conceived as a way to explore deeper into the recording process and pay homage to some of their favorite songwriters.

Currently, the group is hard at work recording their first full-length release. It is slated for release in the summer of 2018.
The Naked Sun
The Naked Sun
Since releasing their self-produced “Pickled Hearts” EP in May 2015 and first studio EP, “Space, Place, and Time”, in 2013, Philadelphia’s The Naked Sun has evolved into a rousing power-folk outfit that has been celebrated for its playful and poignant brand of indie folk/rock. They may or may not have coined the phrase, but “honest rock” has unquestionably been their ethos since their start back in 2011. With songs that echo the rawness and sincerity of the cities around which its members grew up—Detroit, Baltimore, Philadelphia—the band blends the basics of roots rock and folk with layers of bolstering piano and organ, intricate pedal steel leads, and melodic choruses backed by satisfying vocal harmonies.

With a true love for song, the band cites a wide spectrum of influences from which they draw their inspiration - Tom Petty’s pop genius, Bruce Springsteen’s storytelling, Bob Dylan’s social consciousness, and the energy of My Morning Jacket. Using this diverse range of musical inspiration,
they set out to deliver melody and down to earth lyrics while combining with a backbone of melodic bass lines with and evocative arrangements.

In the words of “The Owl” magazine, “Restrained and subtle, but at the same time warm and genuine, The Naked Sun stand out in amongst the crowds of rock bands by simply keeping it simple.”

The band's debut LP, War with Shadows, was produced by Brian McTear (War on Drugs, Kurt Vile, matt pond PA, Sharon van Etten, Joan Osbourne, the Districts, among many others), and was recorded in July of 2017 at Miner Street Recordings in Fishtown, PA. The Naked Sun has been invited to play several local and regional festivals this summer, and is gearing up for the release of War With Shadows on vinyl (coming fall 2018).
Instant Bingo
Instant Bingo
Hyper-Folk-Rock Family Band making songs about movies we love and things we think are beautiful, wacky-dacky, or true.
Instant Bingo is like a mix of bands like Mumford and Sons, Avett Brothers, Allman Brothers, and the Oh Hellos, with a little comedy and our favorite films mixed in!

Full band includes 9 of us: married front-couple, Ben and Sarah - Lead Vocals/Acoustic Guitar; Backup Vocals; Sister Sheryl - 2nd Backup Vocals; Cousin Kevin - Bass; Brother Luke - Drums; Father Dave - Lead Guitar 1; Brother Uri - Lead Guitar 2; Uncle Darrell - Electric Mandolin/Banjo; Brother Jon - Fiddle.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147