Communion: Philadelphia

Communion, Bonfire, & WXPN Present:

Communion: Philadelphia

Highly Suspect, And The Kids, The Yetis, The Sixties

Fri, November 6, 2015

8:00 pm

$5.00 - $13.00

This event is 21 and over

Communion Philadelphia
Communion Philadelphia
Inspired by the Communion Clubnights in the UK, The Communion Residencyis a monthly, multi-genre showcase of local, national, and international emerging talent. The Communion Residency currently exists in nine U.S. markets including New York, Nashville, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Louisville, Kansas City, Minneapolis and Rock Island. The residencies provide a platform for artist discovery and the lineups are handpicked by Communion staff, other musicians, and a team of hardcore music enthusiasts.
Highly Suspect
Highly Suspect
You may have been to that party—the one where a guy plastered in ink showed up on a motorcycle with a guitar slung around his back. You probably either rolled your eyes and raised your fists, or asked, "Who is that?". When it comes to Brooklyn rock trio Highly Suspect, all three members--Johnny Stevens, (guitars and lead vocals) and twins, Rich, (bass/vocals) and Ryan Meyer (drums) -- are that guy. The trio have played 800 shows in six years, having supported bands like My Morning Jacket and Grizzly Bear, and, as the day's opener no less, have drawn the biggest audience to-date to the Lollapalooza BMI Stage. They've also raged in all of your basements.

The boys moved in together after high school in 2006 and would share a few years, a few fist fights and more than a few drug and alcohol fueled parties, before they ever even knew that they had started a band. "Playing music together was just something we did when we were fucked up, or if there were girls over, or if it was raining out. Its cold in the Northeast," says Johnny. But it wouldn't take long for them to realize that they had accidentally created the very foundation of what would eventually become the band. Once they noticed just how many people could identify with the energy they produced and the lyrics they were sharing, there was no other option than to take it on the road.

The second these guys get on stage, you discover that their burnt out cigarettes, leather jackets, and well traveled boots aren't a front. You'll hear their raspy vocals, amped-up guitar chords and ambitious rhythms blending so uniquely with cocaine-covered lyrics telling you the true story of three guys who know what it means to go hungry. Their forthcoming debut album is set to release in the summer of 2015 and was produced by Joel Hamilton, who has worked with such artists as The Black Keys, Tom Waits, and Elvis Costello. On it, you'll find the songs that you're always hoping to hear (but never actually do) when you push your favorite alt radio station preset button.

Just as these twenty-something guys--who were invited back to play SXSW for their second year in a row this spring--so happen to dabble in graffiti, sex, and rock & roll, so do their songs happen to feel like a page out of your own wildest life moments. Titled 'Mister Asylum' the album takes the listener on a deep journey exploring the beauty and pain that all of us can relate to as we navigate through the vast and uncertain universe we live in. Of the LP's first single, "Lydia," Johnny shares that the song is a true story about love lost. " I met her when we moved into our Brooklyn apartment. It was literally slow-motion love at first sight. We went through so much together. I still have Pam, the cat I got her for a birthday present one year. I'll always wish her the best but sometimes things don't work out the way you had planned" This, and each of the other tracks work together to remind you that outlaws always have, and always will write the realest of the real. Exposing their souls on the deepest of levels, these are the songs that most bands are afraid to write.
And The Kids
And The Kids
Recently called one of “the Western Mass. indie scenes brightest creative lights” by Pitchfork, Northampton, Massachusetts’ And the Kids recently released their debut full-length album, Turn to EachOther (Signature Sounds).Turn to Each Other is more than an album title: it’s a statement of fact for the band, whose bond — as musicians, friends and creative foils — is as tight as they come. The album features 11 tracks full of ringing guitars from Hannah Mohan, knotty rhythms from drummer Rebecca Lasaponaro and bold accents from synthesizers and percussion by Megan Miller.Together, they create “apocaplyptic pop”, a dizzying stop-start ride with lush, intricate soundscapes that frame Mohan’s lively lead vocals. NPR Music recently raved, “Guitarist Hannah Mohan’s striking vocals rival the vibrato and boldness of Siouxsie Sioux… [And The Kids] make music that’s both fearless and entertaining.”
The Yetis
The Yetis are an indie rock band from Allentown, Pennsylvania. The sometimes-snowy Pennsylvanian town is not inhabited by abominable snowmen but instead by four young friends who started out covering The Strokes and Arctic Monkeys in a garage attic. Increased exposure to bands like Girls, The Beach Boys and Buddy Holly led to plenty of inspiration for original efforts, though. Original compositions like "Little Surfer Girl" and "Girl, I Wanna Be Your Man" show that The Yetis are far from a cover group at this point. Along with writing all the music and words to their songs, they've recorded everything to date in the attic they formed the band in.

The stylistic approach of The Yetis certainly touches on the surf-leaning material of their influences, but this isn't a strictly surf-rock band. They do cover The Smiths' "Ask," after all. NME contributor James Balmont writes: "Their modest, charming surf and jangly rock-and-roll is full of the kind of vocal harmonies and cute guitar licks that would make The Beach Boys crack a smile and one recent track, 'Warm California,' sums them up in one; a two-minute ditty full of sunny iconography and a jovial tempo. Best of the lot, though, is 'Girl, I Wanna Be Your Man,' a Western ballad that mixes Beatles twangs with the Black Lips and The Coral for some sensational, laid-back guitar-pop."

Today, The Yetis are bringing their act of original music to clubs, ballrooms and theaters across the United States and Europe.
The Sixties
The Sixties
The Sixties' style of pretentious-free, post-punk/alternative was debuted in September, 2012 with the release of a 3 song EP recorded by Vince Ratti of Skylight Studios (Circa Survive, Balance and Composure, The Wonder Years). The band calls on The Whigs, Queens Of The Stone Age, Bloc Party, Minus The Bear, Arctic Monkeys, We Are Scientists and Manchester Orchestra, among many others, as influences
Venue Information:
MilkBoy
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107