Parquet Courts

Parquet Courts

Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Household, Amanda X

Sat, May 4, 2013

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

PhilaMOCA

Philadelphia, PA

$10.00

This event is all ages

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Parquet Courts
Parquet Courts
Parquets Courts' fifth album Wide Awake! is a groundbreaking work, an album about independence and individuality but also about collectivity and communitarianism. The songs, written by Andrew Savage and Austin Brown but elevated to even greater heights by the dynamic rhythmic propulsion of Max Savage (drums) and Sean Yeaton (bass), are filled with their traditional punk rock passion, as well as a lyrical tenderness. The record reflects a burgeoning confidence in the band's exploration of new ideas in a hi-fi context.
Scott & Charlene's Wedding
Scott & Charlene's Wedding
On the surface, it seemed Craig Dermody's life wasn't going all that bad in his home of Melbourne, Australia. He was playing around town in the psychedelically damaged rock unit Spider Vomit as well as in his wonderfully brainless Punk band, Divorced.

He was exhibiting his paintings in various DIY art spaces to decent acclaim and even cooked up a solo project that was getting positive nods around the Aussie underground. So why the hell did he uproot himself and move 10,000 miles away to Brooklyn? "I love New York and always knew I was going to live here for a part of my life" thumbs Dormody via his iPhone in between constant gigging and working countless hours doing set design. "I also knew I was going to keep doing my band. I'll be surprised if I'm not doing it forever."

The band he speaks of is Scott and Charlene's Wedding, the above mentioned solo project Dermody originally cooked up to play a friends' birthday party seven years ago. Scott and Charlene's Wedding is now an internationally tangled, many-membered mess of an actual band with an LP going into its third pressing and a gig list around town the length of my lovely, slender arm. The LP--entitled Para Vista Social Club--was originally self-released by Dermody in an edition of 200 with individually painted covers he exhibited in Melbourne before leaving. The Bedroom Suck label from his homeland ended up pressing the record up in larger amounts earlier this year and now the U.K. label Fire will be picking up the slack by re-issuing it on a larger scale with promise Craig will deliver a second full length to the label with his new U.S line-up of the band that he assembled when he landed in Brooklyn earlier this year.

Para Vista Social Club is a tangled mess of belligerent jangle pop that switches between being a tuneful temper tantrum by a child you'd leave by the roadside and a surly celebration of desperation. On the track "Epping Line," Dermody says life is such a bummer these days that he doesn't even want to eat his morning sausages anymore, and you just want to play the fucker the world's smallest violin. But then there's the track "Footscray Station," which might be the greatest, most authentic and empowering Rock 'N' Roll anthem to come down the pike in the past five years.
"I wrote 'Footscray Station' after visiting a friend of mine, Pippa Joseph," says Dermody. "She was opening a clothing store in Melbourne and the banks had stuffed up her plans. She was pacing up and down the soon to be shop saying she wasn't going to give up while waving her fists around. I went home and thought about how depressed I was about driving trucks every day for a furniture moving company and how shitty it was and I thought about Pippa saying we can make it if we if try. 'Footscray Station' just came out. That song still means so much to me, it props me up when I'm feeling down and out."
-- Tony Rettman
Household
Household
Way far out on the L train, Brooklyn’s Household made one really great, honest, personal record – this one – then promptly stopped playing out by the time it was released. This happens, and the challenge remains in trying to find a band on hiatus a home with listeners. So please spread the word about Household, three women who pulled together a range of influences, filled them with their own personalities, and showered them with respect. There is a feeling that runs through these nine songs of restlessness for change and living with the disappointments that sometimes bubble up in life, but not wanting (or having) to accept them. Seasoned listeners would place the band’s sound somewhere in the vicinity of the Billotte sisters, the Kill Rock Stars catalogue (then and before-then), Salem 66, Glass Eye, maybe even the good side of early ‘80s UK postpunk a la Delta 5 or the Marine Girls, and their strummy counterparts of America (the Feelies, Chalk Circle). These songs run on their own logic, guitar and bass strummed away, free of distortion, against rhythms that spring off in every which direction – the drums, the guitars, the varied cadences of the lyrics, meeting in handmade irregularity and occupying its own space for the time and place. The dual vocals of guitarist/Dusted scribe Talya Cooper and drummer Jenna Weiss-Berman fits right in there, one low register and the other high, even pulling off a nodding tribute to Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie on the chorus of “Phases.” The spare, reserved sound of the recording plays well with this batch of songs, each one ready to bolt out the door with inquisitive energy. My favorite here is closer “Cold Hands,” a tale of waiting for someone to come around who never does, taking the sour grapes that result and making wine. Sometimes you have to reveal your inner dissatisfaction to move on. The songs on Items, neatly and exactly, signify these thoughts.

-- Doug Mosurock
Amanda X
Amanda X
Born out of the Kensington neighborhood of North Philadelphia, where you can't throw a rock without hitting a great band, Amanda X is the three-piece antidote to bumming on grey days and the Sunday night blues. The Philadelphian women—Cat Park on guitar, Melissa Brain on drums, and Kat Bean on bass—make music to remind you that colorful riffs and lilting oo's are meant to complement post-punk shredding and astute songwriting. Their debut full-length, Amnesia, rattled you out of your wintertime slumber like a cannonball straight into the pool, and their sophomore record, Giant, brings more expressive solos, sharper vocals, and a few shots straight through the heart by way of a grimey Fender guitar and production by Steve Poponi at Gradwell House Recording.

Amanda X self-released their bedroom-cozy EP, Ruin the Moment, in 2012 to great acclaim, taking the sunny-serious vibes with them to venues all over Philadelphia, as well as on a number of tours up and down the East Coast and Canada. They’ve since toured all over the country, opening for bands like Parquet Courts, Marnie Stern, Dum Dum Girls, FIDLAR, The Vaselines, The Thermals, and Protmartyr, bringing playful stage banter, garagey guitar earworms, and dual harmonies that hit just as hard live.

After catching wind of their dedicated show schedule and powerful new songs, Philadelphia's own Siltbreeze picked up their first album; their followup will release digitally with Charlotte-based Self-Aware Records. The release of the sophomore record sees the trio growing their songwriting for a wider audience—just as strong, just as fast, but with a cleaner edge, one laced with an ever-present mix of sadness and hope. The lovely melodies and honey-tinged singalongs they've built their sound on are just as available, but now with wider eyes and more cutting lyrics. All of the proceeds from their sophomore followup will be donated to Women Against Abuse, a local Philly organization.

Imagine if Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks took a few lessons from The Raincoats, or if the K Records lineup of yesteryear had a little more distortion in their repertoire. Amanda X manages to deliver smarts and sweets in poppy songs so tightly packed that they come with a punch so strong they are really, really hard to forget.
Venue Information:
PhilaMOCA
531 North 12th St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123
http://www.philamoca.org/