Among Criminals

Among Criminals

Kid Felix, Post Sun Times, Ballroom Spies

Fri, January 25, 2013

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:30 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

Among Criminals
Among Criminals
The politically-charged Reggae, Latin-Rock band Among Criminals, is as much about the message as they are about the music. Jarrod Pedone (drums) and Bean (bass) lay down the head-turning rhythm, while singer Ryan Gaughan uses the stage and the mic as a platform for his plea for peace.
"People have to stop thinking of themselves and others as Americans, or Muslims or Christians or Black, White, whatever... To be American you need to be a HUMAN, to be Iraqi you need to be a HUMAN, to be Mexican, or Muslim or African you need to be a HUMAN. We all need to realize that we are all connected as humans, and the rest are just petty details that shouldn't provoke prejudice."

"We, as part of the first world, need to start taking responsibility and action for our impact around the globe. Most of us are lucky and privileged to be born where and when we were. We have to realize that the history of shitty political trade policy, and strong-arm political intervention, has made the first world richer while exploiting the people of the third world. Help us take action to help spread the wealth of this word fairly across the globe."
Kid Felix
Kid Felix
The six-piece rock band from Laurel Springs, New Jersey takes cues from bands such as Brand New, Kings of Leon and Manchester Orchestra, while producing a musical style and sound experience that is unmistakeably Kid Felix. Consisting of Jake Falana (vocals), John Ambrutis (lead guitar), Brett Hagen (guitar), Julian Ungerer (bass), Ken Baxter (keyboards), and John Szachewicz (drums). The band is on the heels of its first official EP, and with it's release, they hope to begin touring to reach new audiences while maintaining continued success among fans in the Philly area who gave them their start.
Post Sun Times
Post Sun Times
A dub-rock group from West Philadelpia, PA via Montclair, NJ. Formerly The Phase.
Ballroom Spies
Ballroom Spies
At a first glance, Ballroom Spies may appear more like the cast of Captain Planet (minus the blue guy) than like an up and coming alt rock project. Though their musical influences and backgrounds seem to vary accordingly, the members possess no lack of common ground. Bhauraw says laughingly, "It seems kind of ridiculous to say I play in a rock band and my influences are Jay-Z and Franz Liszt." A good appreciation for all genres of music and an accepting attitude are two pertinent components that hold BS (yes, we know) together.

That and a passion for the current issues that plague society as we know it. "I feel a great deal of responsibility being an artist not only as an entertainer but as an informant," Elissa says. "The idea is to write in a way that is very listenable and also presents new concepts. Even if you disagree, we've still managed to jumpstart that train of thought if you like the song enough to hear us out."

The band met on account of their love of live performance. Other previous and current projects include Alright, Junior., Among Criminals, Hot Brush, Juliet, Karma Bat, La Violencia, Molly Rhythm, and Upbeat Manifest (now Manifested). The members had been previously acquainted and when La Violencia's Steve Slaughter (drums) and Bhauraw Avhad (guitars) parted ways, Elissa was thrilled to step into the freshly vacated vocal position. "I'd always admired and enjoyed La V's music. I was bummed that they broke up but so excited to work together." Alright, Junior.'s frontman/guitarist Jace Miller picked up the guitar and adds supporting vocal stylings to complete the line up.
Venue Information:
MilkBoy Philly
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107