BOOT & SADDLE

1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

The Split Squad

The Split Squad

Palmyra Delran and The Doppel Gang, Stupidity

Sat, March 26, 2016

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$12.00

This event is 21 and over

The Split Squad
The Split Squad
Conceived over cocktails, wine, and beers in 2011, The Split Squad is one of those “perfect storm” rock and roll bands that comes from a bunch of musicians who have done it all and have nothing to prove. While that may sound a bit boastful, the pedigree here covers about 140 years of collective rock and roll experience, from the most rarified of concert halls, down to the seediest of underground shit holes. These guys have both reveled and wallowed in it:

Eddie Munoz: Most famously known as the flash guitarist from LA’s legendary Plimsouls, Eddie has more recently been spotted in Magic Christian (alongside Flamin’ Groovies legend Cyril Jordan) and PA’s power pop stalwarts Parallax Project. Eddie’s “chaos theory” approach to rock and roll guitar is unique and immediately recognizable, yet squarely rooted in the timeless swagger of The Stones and The Yardbirds.

Clem Burke: Arguably one of the greatest living rock and roll drummers on the planet, Dr. Burke (Google that it’s cool) boasts a resume that starts at CBGB’s in the 70’s and ends at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As a founding member of Blondie and a highly sought-after session musician, Clem has experienced nearly every aspect of the music business, but still has more passion to “climb in the van and take it to the fans” than most musicians half his age. To put it bluntly, there is no one on Earth like Clem.

Michael Giblin: Bassist/singer Giblin is the mad scientist behind The Split Squad, having assembled the project after his current band, Parallax Project, had crossed paths with all of the others on various tours and recording projects. Known in underground pop circles as a member of the much loved 90’s power pop trio Cherry Twister, Giblin has spent many years toiling away in the bowels of the music biz as a session bassist, band leader, producer, and generally good guy.

Keith Streng: Known far and wide as a founding member of one of rock and roll’s greatest (and longest running) institutions, The Fleshtones, guitarist Streng sets a standard for passion and dedication that few are able to follow. 30 years on (and counting), The Fleshtones remain one of rock’s greatest “sure things”: never a bad show; never an off night. They are as dependable as they are exciting. His rock-solid musicianship, combined with his high-wire stage antics, combine to anchor one of rock’s most joyful live experiences. He’s had books written about him, and documentaries shot on him. In a word an institution.

Josh Kantor: Keyboardist Josh Kantor brings the wildest diversity to the mix. As a member of Boston’s Jim’s Big Ego, and the critically acclaimed supergroup The Baseball Project (featuring members of The Dream Syndicate and R.E.M.), Josh has rubbed elbows with a number of rock luminaries, but he still manages to find time to excel at his day job, which just happens to be as the organist for The Boston Red Sox. Yes, THOSE Boston Red Sox. As such, Josh possesses a skill level and musical vocabulary that few can match.

The group came together in Boston in the summer of 2012 to record an album, which ended up being a raucous and hilarious good time. Produced by Scott McCaughey (R.E.M., Minus 5, Young Fresh Fellows), the album features guest appearances by McCaughey, fellow rock & Roll Hall of Famer Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Hugo Burnham (Gang of Four), and Mike Gent (The Figgs). The resulting set of songs is a spirited and diverse trip through the influences and record collections of a ridiculously experienced set of musicians. And man, you should have heard all the stories .

Ladies and gentlemen, The Split Squad!
Palmyra Delran and The Doppel Gang
Palmyra Delran and The Doppel Gang
As the co-founder, songwriter and creative soul of “trashy pop band” The Friggs, Palmyra Delran built a working model for the ideal punk girl group. The Friggs’ debut CD Rock Candy, was a critically lauded and commercially viable albums. Opening for the Selecter, the Ramones, the Fleshtones, and Cheap Trick among others, The Friggs toured incessantly throughout the ‘90s. Their songs were also included in the movies Superbad, Jawbreaker, Lipstick & Dynamite, and Prey for Rock & Roll.

On her first solo debut EP titled She Digs the Ride, Palmyra flirts with charm, surf rock, dysfunctional relationships, and solid guitar grooves described as “that fried Yardbirdstone mixed with early Stooges grime and oopsy-daisy pop”. Palmyra's song “Baby Should Have Known Better” was picked by Little Steven as the "Coolest Song in the World" in November 2008, and voted "Coolest Song of 2008" by Underground Garage listeners. It was even featured on the show’s CD compilation, The Coolest Songs in the World Vol. 8, via Wicked Cool Records.

A digital single and video “Lies For You” was released in late 2010. Palmyra then toured Scandinavia backed by Swedish band Stupidity, playing shows with Norwegian gals The Cocktail Slippers in March of 2011.

2012 saw the release of punk rock kids CD called KinderAngst, a collaboration with NYC songwriter Rachelle Garniez, and features a special appearance from Debbie Harry.

Digital single “You’re My Brian Jones” was released in Sept 2012, and followed up with a full length album You Are What You Absorb in March of 2013. It was recorded by Craig Dreyer at Mighty Toad Studio Brooklyn, and mixed by Geoff Sanoff at Stratosphere Sound Studio NYC, & INTL HQ Brooklyn. Palmyra is joined by KinderAngst collaborator Rachelle Garniez on Farfisa, Hammond B3, Harpsichord, Michael Lynch on bass, Mark Brotter on drums, Richard Devgreene on guitar, as well as guest backup singers the Cocktail Slippers, Betsy Todd, & Jenifer Jackson.

Following the release of You Are What You Absorb, Little Steven selected the next two singles - "Shy Boy", and "Some Day Soon" as Coolest Songs in the World for February & May of 2013. She then hopped a plane for her second tour of Scandinavia backed again by Stupidity, and this time, joined by Keith Streng of the Fleshtones on guitar. The year ended with Little Steven adding You Are What You Absorb as number 3 to his top 20 albums of 2013.

Palmyra also works with a band in Los Angeles - Bubble Gun (John Carlucci, Laura Carlucci, Michelle Balderrama, & Rikki Styxx) for yearly west coast tours and recording projects. The first single, one original song written with John & Laura Carlucci, and a cover song duet with Kim Shattuck, of the Muffs and the second was an original written by Palmyra & guitarist Michelle Balderrama, “No Time Like Never” (which was also chosen as Coolest Song in the World), plus a duet with Mighty Manfred from The Woggles.

Currently, Delran hosts her own radio show "Palmyra's Trash-Pop Shindig" in Little Steven's Underground Garage on Sunday mornings (8am-noon EST) with a repeat show on Monday morning (4am-8am EST) on SiriusXM radio.
Stupidity
Stupidity
Garage Rock four piece from Stockholm, Sweden.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
http://www.bootandsaddlephilly.com