BOOT & SADDLE

1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Northern Arms (Record Release Show)

Northern Arms (Record Release Show)

HiSoft

Fri, June 30, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

Northern Arms
Northern Arms
Northern Arms celebrates the release of "Chapel Cabaret" - the goth-americana, 9-piece ensemble's second album, recorded with visionary producer Brian McTear and Matt Poirer (Kurt Vile, War on Drugs, Sharon Van Etten) at the storied, Miner Street Recordings.

"Think of the sumptuous heartbreak deep in the American soul. Think of the powerful ache of yearning, the fleeting lightning-strike of joy. Think of late nights, steam rising off the street outside your 3AM window. Think of Sunday morning, steam rising off a river as slow and inscrutable as myth.
We all live in this blend of spirit and mystery and damned hard reality, but fortunately, intersecting that very same crossroads, are the songs of Northern Arms, seemingly written with the express purpose of reflecting our most fervent dreams."

- Dave Cantrell, Stereo Embers Magazine
HiSoft
HiSoft
Five tracks. Twenty-one minutes and 19 seconds. That’s all HiSoft is offering you. Is it sheer confidence in knowing you’ll eat up the five songs on their debut EP? Or is the band declaring that they are, in fact, as the EP’s title suggests, Amateur? Either way, take them up on that offer. The first official taste of this band is short, but it’s pretty damn sweet.

Flowing melodies and wafting vocals, both courtesy of singer/guitarist Gerhardt Koerner, are what you first notice about Philadelphia-based HiSoft. Listen closer for smooth bass lines that subtly anchor each song. Laid-back beats round out the band’s overall mellow feel. Or, just call it what they call it: “Art rock you can make out to.”

HiSoft’s current lineup was intact for only a few months before they inked a deal with Chocolate Hearts last October. Now, amid steady gigs at Philly’s Khyber Pass and North Star, HiSoft is giving new meaning to the term “multi-task.” Koerner just finished a long and successful run as a sideman with the Lilys, and he’s the band’s sole songwriter. Drummer Jason Kourkounis and guitarist Don Devore have a hell of a commute to their separate California-based bands, and bassist Jesse Trbovich has only HiSoft on his plate, but we’re guessing he’s cool with that.

HiSoft are gearing up to record their full-length album, and plan to be touring nationally by late spring. The album will likely include two tracks from Amateur — the lulling “West Coast Keith,” with its comfy tempo and soothing “ahhs,” is a solid candidate — plus ten new ones. Get ready for a lot more music to make out to.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
http://www.bootandsaddlephilly.com