BOOT & SADDLE

1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

The Figgs & Shark Tape

The Figgs & Shark Tape

Fri, January 29, 2016

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$12.00

This event is 21 and over

The Figgs
The Figgs
The tried and true band The Figgs, which has a worldwide fan base, a hearty discography, and has toured and recorded several times with the legendary Graham Parker, celebrated the year 2013 by turning 25. This occasion was made even more special by the release of “1,000 People Grinning: The Figgs Anthology”. It’s one of the band’s greatest achievements to date. And that says a lot as the Figgs (Mike Gent, Pete Donnelly and Pete Hayes) have been playing together since the trio was in high school in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Since the rock outfit’s inception in 1987 the band has spent the better part of the past 25 years touring, recording and working on a variety of acclaimed side projects.

The Anthology’s 25 glorious tracks are stuffed with Kinks-inspired power and melodies, vibrant harmonies and sonic experimentation ala The Beatles and the best of The Band, a touch of NRBQ’s stoner grooviness and a grit and youthfulness akin to the best rock bands from The Who to the Ramones.

Graham Parker came across the Figgs after the band signed to Capitol Records (which released The Figgs’ 1996’s Banda Macho) recruiting the band to back him on tour. A 1997 double-album live release on Razor & Tie, The Last Rock N Roll Tour, was the fruit of that initial tour, but the band has continued to work with the iconic singer-songwriter, including the 2010 live Graham Parker DVD Graham Parker & the Figgs: Live at the FTC.

Although the three band members now live in Boston (Gent), New York (Hayes) and Philadelphia (Donnelly) respectively, they frequently get together to tour or record whenever possible.

There’s no question the Figgs are one of America’s most enduring rock ‘n’ roll bands. The new Anthology is a testament to their sheer love of music, as well as their drive, energy and power as one of America’s greatest, yet grossly unknown, rock bands of the past 25 years.
Shark Tape
Shark Tape
"So you say this is your final chance"

- the opening line to Shark Tape's 'Marathon' speaks to the desperation of a band ready to take off... Shark Tape, a three piece rock band from Philadelphia, are Stephen Lorek, Niles Weiss and Dylan Mulcahy. Active on Philadelphia's music scene since 2007 under various project names, they evolved into Shark Tape and 2012 saw the release two EPs, the self titled 'Shark Tape' and 'Eyes On You' which gained considerable airplay from East Coast radio stations and went on to be selected as one of WXPN's top records of the year.

Channeling influences from several of rock's greatest eras, each Shark Tape song carries the band's own unique sound with subtle references to the likes of The Replacements, Big Star, The Smiths and Cheap Trick.

Having garnered a steady and loyal following that continues grow organically in their hometown, Shark Tape will be touring later this year, looking to replicate the well attended and vibrant shows they're known for in and around Philadelphia.

In late 2013, the band teamed up with renowned engineer Jeff Ziegler (Kurt Vile, War On Drugs) to begin production on the band's debut album 'Marathon'.

With a huge list of inspirations that includes adventure, struggle, desperation, a quest for enlightenment, Dionysus and Apollo, faint glimpses of the future, destiny vs choice, the search for a way to travel the universe and a desire to walk into the horizon so the sun never sets, it's fair to say that Marathon is one of the most exciting and intriguing debuts to come out of Philadephia in recent years.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
http://www.bootandsaddlephilly.com