New Sweden

New Sweden

KeN, Lettuce Prey

Sat, January 14, 2012

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

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

New Sweden
New Sweden
New Sweden has been sharing their unique flavor of Americana, Folk, and Indie Rock with the greater Philadelphia region since forming in late 2009. The 6-piece outfit molds their sound using a blend of traditional folk instruments (violin, banjo, acoustic guitar, mandolin, pump organ, bass, percussion) with a modern twist, all backed by energetic live performances. The lyrics are sincere, complex, and powerful; sure to speak to any listener willing to lend an ear.

So far it's been a great ride for New Sweden; the recording and release of their first studio record, “The Mountain” (Recording Engineer Nick DiDia, Producer Ritchie Rubini) stands out as an exciting milestone and success to date, but not to be overlooked were: sharing the stage with the likes of The Felice Brothers, Kevin Devine, James McMurty, and all artists at NON-COMM 2011, competing with local Philadelphia bands and ultimately winning the Beta-Hi-Fi Emerging Artist Competition, two TriState Indie Awards for Best Delaware Band and a whole slew of other shows and competitions along the away.

In less than 3 years, New Sweden has built a strong, loyal fan base in the Philadelphia/Wilmington region through relentless live performances and an undeniable connection with all types of audiences. Support for the band has been evident with over 1,000 albums sold independently, packing World Cafe Live at The Queen for “The Mountain” record release party, and consistent growth of followers through Facebook, Twitter and

So what’s in store for the future? New Sweden will continue to support their new release, “The Mountain” through East Coast U.S. tours, local performances, and radio appearances. A new batch of recordings is in the works, and as always, fans can keep an eye out for new online video content and raw New Sweden-produced home studio recordings.
Philly rock god/desses KeN make a public rare appearance in August, channelling their raw natural desire to kick some rock and roll ass. With two full-lengths under their belt, and dozens of shows over the years, KeN has been described as "sweetly bitter punk love anthems" (Jill McDowell, Philadelphia Weekly); "estro-gin power collective" (Joey Sweeney, Philadelphia Weekly); "straight-up-shoot-from-the-hip-rock-outfit" (Julie Gerstein, Philadelphia Weekly); and "Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! With a capital A, A, A!!"
Lettuce Prey
Lettuce Prey originated from punk rock basement scene in Newark, DE in the 80s. The music draws from 60s psyche, folk, and wreck (VU, Richard Thompson, Love, John Fahey, Roky Erickson, Brigitte Fontaine), 70s avant, punk, and devil worship (Eno, Can, Neu, Sabbath, Patti Smith, Television, The Fall), and 80s freakout, folkup, and fuzzface (Butthole Surfers, Camper Van B, The Feelies, Husker Du, Meat Puppets), and everyday sonics (like washing machines, sirens, foghorns, LA traffic, Newark trains, airports, and museums). Lettuce Prey is aural schizophrenia that ranges from quiet-brittle-fragile songs [call it 'mystical whisper'] and freakout-noisechaos-freeform-improv jive. Lt Prey recently recorded the Pink Eye e.p. after a severe bout with EKC/pink eye. Pink Eye and more are available for listen and download at the bandcamp site.
Venue Information:
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107