Juston Stens and The Get Real Gang, Pomegranates

Juston Stens and The Get Real Gang

Pomegranates

The Quelle Source

Fri, April 6, 2012

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

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

Juston Stens and The Get Real Gang
Juston Stens and The Get Real Gang
After playing drums for the Pennsylvania indie rock band Dr Dog, Juston Stens went solo to front his own band and play his own songs. Juston spent the last year touring around the country on a motorcycle to write and record music with members of Wilco, Spoon, Dr. Dog, Apollo Sunshine, Giant Cloud and other cool bands–a journey documented in the upcoming film, “I Lay Where I Fall.”
Pomegranates
Pomegranates
Pomegranates are a band from Cincinnati that began as a project between two friends, Jacob Merritt and Isaac Karns, eventually growing into a four-piece with Joey Cook and, most recently, Curt Kiser. Over a span of four years, the band released four albums, which drew the attention of independent radio stations like KEXP, WOXY, and KCRW, and critical praise from the likes of the NY Times, AP, and Spin magazine for the band’s very sudden and prodigious growth in sound.


What is that sound? If the world could lean in and hear the sound of a pomegranate slowly opening up to the world, this is probably something close to what it would sound like. On songs like “Beachcomber” and “Everybody, Come Outside!,” guitars and keyboards shimmer and shine, but never in the lazy, hazy ways of so many bands today.

Jacob Merritt’s propulsive drumming keeps a nimble pace; while Joey Cook’s clear tenor and Isaac Karn’s more forceful vocals bounce off of each other atop the mix. Time signatures leap in and out and jewelled tangents appear around every corner, but the songs always retain an upbeat and compact sentiment that belongs in the same sentence with The Beach Boys, Spoon, and French Kicks, the latter two with whom the band has already toured.

Having notched off those tours, as well as further legs with Islands and Blitzen Trapper, the band recorded their third LP, One of Us, with TJ Lipple at The Monastery in Cincinnati. Having cited inspirations like Spiritualized and Talking Heads for their work so far, the band’s new “psychedelic dream rock” album looks to push further down experimental roads, with descriptors like “textured,” “unusual,” and “challenging” entering the conversation.
The Quelle Source
The Quelle Source
Try pinning down Philadelphia’s The Quelle Source — it’s not easy.

The band clearly operates with an indie rock aesthetic – they won “Best Indie Rock Act in Philadelphia” at Origivation Magazine’s 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards. But with press comparisons ranging from Deerhoof to The Decemberists to The Mountain Goats, it’s evident the group takes what it needs from their influences – nasally vocals, tense lyrical content, and tight, dynamic arrangements – and smashes them together to see what happens. That’s made easier thanks to two lead singers and songwriters bringing different ideas to the table.

With songs that marry the joyful sounds of being young with lyrical content that tackles all the parts that suck about it, The Quelle Source will “put indie rock smiles on your faces” (Philadelphia City Paper), even if it is in a sinister, backward way.

Also of note – “Quelle” is German for “source.”

In September 2011 the group released The French Rapture EP and in October 2012 they contributed a new song, “Set Sail”, to the soundtrack for the short film Jacob’s Ladder. The band is currently recording its sophomore LP, to be released in early 2013.
Venue Information:
MilkBoy Philly
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107