The Weeks

The Weeks

Shark Tape, Junior Astronomers

Sat, January 19, 2013

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

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

The Weeks
The Weeks
"If my Southern heart's still pumping blood/I'll bury my money in the mighty Mississippi mud," sings The Weeks' Cyle Barnes on Dear Bo Jackson's "Brother In The Night." "If my Southern lungs won't let me breathe/I'll wait for the cicadas and I'll let 'em push it out for me."

With that powerful verse, The Weeks stake a claim as heirs to the timeless tradition of Southern rock. Dear Bo Jackson, the Nashville-based band's Serpents and Snakes debut, sees them enriching their already well-seasoned sonic stew with the classic flavors of soul, R&B, funk, and heavy boogie to fashion a forward-facing sound all their own. Big brass, lush strings, and twangy pedal steel have been fused into their distinctive sludge pop, with Sam Williams' greasy guitars and the highly charged engine room of bassist Damien Bone and drummer/Cyle's brother Cain Barnes now officially joined by keyboardist Alex Admiral Collier. Throughout the album, songs like the aforementioned "Brother In The Night" and the exuberant title track see Cyle Barnes rending his throat raw as he testifies dramatic and truthful tales of modern Southern lives, always full of hope despite often punishing circumstances.

"The South is a different beast than the rest of the world," he says. "We've all been aged and worn in a very fine way because of it. I think even if we didn't want to write about the South, it'd still come out in our songs."

Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, The Weeks came together in 2006 and instantly came to define the sound of Southern Rock in the 21st Century – their grunge-powered, high-octane anthems rich with a bottomless Delta soul far deeper than the boys' teenage years would suggest. Like any great rock 'n' roll outfit worth its salt, The Weeks played as often as humanly possible, with countless club dates across the Southeast and tours alongside such like-minded acts as Local H, North Mississippi Allstars, and the one and only Meat Puppets. Their extraordinary energy and outsized performances – not to mention a series of well-received independently issued releases – earned them a fervent fan following and ultimately, a deal with the like-minded Serpents and Snakes Records.

By summer 2010, it had become clear that sleepy Jackson could no longer contain the mighty Weeks. The band left their old Mississippi home for the bright lights of Nashville, and, as Williams says, "it's been non-stop ever since." Serpents and Snakes reissued the band's second full-length outing, Gutter Gaunt Gangster, earning them reams of national applause, including naming the collection among its top 10 "Outstanding 2012 Albums You Might Have Missed."

Where that album – like all The Weeks' previous recordings – was recorded fast and on the cheap, the band opted to take a more leisurely tack in making its follow-up. They spent six months at pre-production, resulting the most fully articulated demos of their career. When time came to record the album proper, their search for a producer led them to Paul Moak, a Grammy Award-nominated producer/engineer/mixer and perhaps most importantly, a fellow Jacksonian.

Our shoes are tattered and torn, but our feet are dry. As for our places in history, we will run naked through your streets before we sit decorated in your halls.
Shark Tape
Shark Tape
Philly rock band SHARK TAPE has been making waves ever since they surfaced in the spring of 2012. With a reputation for putting on an energetic live show, the group gained wide exposure throughout the region with the release of their “Eyes On You” EP, which landed them a top-80 spot on 88.5 XPN’s Top Songs of 2012 as voted by listeners. After spending over a year writing and performing brand new songs, the band teamed up with producers Jeff Zeigler (The War On Drugs, Kurt Vile) and Phil Nicolo (The Police, The Hooters) to record their first full-length album, Marathon.

With an affinity for writing memorable songs that fuse together elements of post-punk, arena rock, classic rock, and pop, the young power trio consisting of Stephen Lorek (Vocals/Bass), Niles Weiss (Guitar/Vocals), and Dylan Mulcahy (Drums/Vocals) originally began playing together after moving to Philadelphia for college back in the late 2000s. In a previous incarnation, the members released two EPs, toured the region, obtained radio airplay and press coverage, and landed song placements in television programs and video games, but a series of setbacks halted the project and saw the band members disperse for over a year. Upon reuniting as Shark Tape, they hit the ground running with a more refined approach to the constantly-evolving rock sound that they began crafting several years prior.

The band has been making its presence known throughout the city over the past two years and has formed close ties with the local music community. Having made their rounds through some of Philly’s top rock venues, Shark Tape continues to see their audience grow and has shared the stage with Craig Finn of the Hold Steady and Graham Parker & The Rumour. They have also been featured performers on Record Store Day for two consecutive years at Main Street Music in Philadelphia, performing alongside acts such as Generationals and The Joy Formidable. The band plans to expand its presence throughout the Northeast region and beyond with the release of their new album, Marathon – in stores November 18th.
Junior Astronomers
Junior Astronomers
Continually on the move since forming in 2007, with only two EPs to their name, Junior Astronomers have toured and shared stages with the likes of Harvard, The Weeks, Dignan, Color Revolt, Des Ark, and Polvo. Poised to not take a break in the near future the North Carolina natives bring with them a promise, there is an elemental energy that lies in-between art and craft.
Venue Information:
MilkBoy Philly
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107