The Features

Bonfire Presents:

The Features

Born Cages, *Postponed* Public Access T.V., Summer Scouts

Fri, September 5, 2014

8:30 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

The Features
The Features
Two weeks. That's how long The Features had to work up roughly a dozen new tunes before they traveled some 2500 miles from their native Tennessee to Vancouver, Washington to make their new album "The Features" (Serpents and Snakes/BMG). There, the Nashville-based band spent a month crafting the most inventive and assured album of their career.

But when the four members first set up shop in the cabin-esque confines of Ripcord Studio, what they'd come out of there with was anybody's guess."A lot of it seemed pretty spontaneous," says the band's frontman, Matthew Pelham. "Because we didn't solidify anything, really, in those two weeks of practicing. So when we got there, there were a lot of loose ends to tie up."

It wasn't just a bold move, but a dramatic change of pace for a band that’s been praised as one of best live rock combos around. Over the years, they've served up slice after slice of hook-fueled brilliance - with subtle nods to new wave, '60s garage, southern rock, Krautrock and beyond - and perfected them over the course of countless shows and constant retooling in their practice space.

Capturing their thrilling, stage-tested sound was a no-brainer on previous albums. But for "The Features," Pelham and his bandmates - keyboardist Mark Bond, bassist Roger Dabbs and drummer Rollum Haas - were game to shake things up. Just two months away from the release of their hailed 2011 album "Wilderness," they decided that they weren't going to wait another two or three years to start work on the follow-up. They'd make it in the two months they had to spare.

That meant that almost none of the songs pegged for "The Features" had been performed in front of an audience - and several were still works-in-progress when the band arrived in Vancouver. "I don't think we really had any expectations," Pelham says. "We just thought, 'Let's do it differently.’"

From their first night in town - when they loaded into the studio and immediately started firming up the song they were set to track the next day - the band didn't flinch at the task at hand. With no time for second-guessing, they embraced a slew of previously untapped sonics and styles, resulting in their most adventurous set of songs yet.

Lead-off cut "Rotten" is a bold, multi-movement stunner, veering from serene synth-pop to proto-metal riffs, flirting with anthemic "Who's Next" arena-rock before shrinking back to its starting point. "This Disorder" - an instant classic in The Features' esteemed catalog - throbs with a tense funk pulse, jagged guitar swipes and staccato synth lines, as Pelham's tightly wound vocal offers words of caution in the scatterbrained smartphone age. "New Romantic" and "Ain't No Wonder" similarly straddle the line between classic new wave and Bowie-styled soul. But the album is thoroughly modern, too, particularly in the wide-open spaces of shimmering rockers "With Every Beat" and "In Your Arms."

Add it all up, and "The Features" is the sound of a band that's wholly comfortable with where they are - and know exactly where they want to head next.
Born Cages
Born Cages
New York's alt-rock outfit Born Cages thrives on creatively seeking freedom, whether it's in the studio or on stage. There's no rulebook or template, simply unhindered art in its purest form when Vlad Holiday [lead vocals/guitar], Amanda Carl [keyboards/backing vocals], Matt Maroulakos [bass guitar], and Dave Tantao [drums] converge. The band members each made their own imprint on the fertile New York scene before forming in 2011. Within their first year together, the band's self-released online demos stirred a major buzz - with NYC's most prominent rock radio station Q104.3FM giving them frequent airtime, and by sharing the stage with Guns N' Roses for two sold out U.S. shows. "The band name is a symbol for discontentment," reveals Vlad. "It's being unsatisfied with what you're given, but actually doing something about it." Born Cages' shared boundless mentality (a delicate alchemy of raw guitars and shimmering electronics) powers The Sidelines EP, their debut release for Razor & Tie.
*Postponed* Public Access T.V.
*Postponed* Public Access T.V.
Public Access TV are a band firmly planted in downtown New York City. Before they released their first song, played their first show, or even had a name, Public Access TV were a band. Best friends out every night together, sharing clothes, cigarettes, pocket change, and most importantly living together in a dilapidated East Village loft where they could stay up all night playing music... loudly.

"It wasn't like 'let's start a band'," 24-year-old singer and main songwriter John Eatherly says of the formation. "We already were playing music and hanging out together all the time. We were all doing different things, playing as hired guns for anybody just to pay the rent, and then one day I came in with these songs I wrote and we all just knew this was something we wanted to do for real."

What followed was a whirlwind of activity; singles "Monaco" and "In the Mirror" along with last spring's "Public Access" EP, lead to critical acclaim, and tours in the US and UK supporting acts like Weezer and Gang of Four. Everything was moving on the correct trajectory when in April 2015, while PATV were on tour in California, they flicked on the TV to see live pictures of their Manhattan loft on every single news channel. It was on fire from a gas explosion and then collapsed into rubble.

“We wrote there, rehearsed, recorded, lived, everything," says John. "It was home…and then it was completely gone.”

Demoralised and thousands of miles from NYC, PATV did the only thing they could think of. As John says: “We told our agent to book as many gigs as possible - because we didn't want to deal with the reality of the situation. We actually had nowhere to go.”

But, as things happened, that chain of events was to set PATV on an entirely new and fruitful path. Among those frantic gig bookings were a bunch of festivals in Europe, as well as dates with The Strokes, Fidlar and Palma Violets.

After playing live so much, the band felt the need to get into the studio right away to capture their new momentum. The group recorded their new Double A-side single "In Love and Alone / Patti Peru" while in London over the summer.

"Patti Peru is about that feeling that comes when everything seems so completely fucked and crazy that you wanna give up... but for whatever reason there is still something that makes you keep going. It was pretty fitting for what we were going through and the band needing each other to get through it all." says Eatherly.

Both tracks from the single will be featured on the band's debut album next year.
Summer Scouts
Summer Scouts
Summer Scouts is a 5-piece Indie Rock band from Allentown, PA. The band infuses an eclectic mix of pop sensibilities with a tinge of post-rock dynamics to cast a signature sound that is both anthemic and intimately heartfelt. (FFO: Lydia, M83, Silver Sun Pickups, Paramore).
Venue Information:
MilkBoy
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107