1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Flat Mary Road

Flat Mary Road

Baker Man, Tough Guy Soda

Sat, January 6, 2018

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

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA


This event is 21 and over

Flat Mary Road
Flat Mary Road
A band whose instrumentation is informed by the indie rock recordings of the late 1980s, whose vocals borrow from Appalachian folk and radio announcers, and whose lyrics seek to narrate American life both pastoral and urban.
Baker Man
Baker Man started in February 2012 as an outlet for Drexel University music therapy graduate students Andy Elijah(The Ambulars) and Mike Five (YoungLionApprentice). The two were at once bound by their mutual love of Cocteau Twins and Red House Painters, and inspired by the energy and diversity of Washington, DCs’ post-hardcore scene (Fugazi, Q And Not U, Antelope). Baker Man began as an outlet for Andy and Mike’s studies when the two would jam in Andy’s Brewerytown basement. However, the duo evolved into a quartet by the fall of 2012 as drummer Tom Emmerling (Bitter Dolores) and guitarist/songwriter Andrew Ghrayeb (Kilion and Mahlon) were added to the fold. The group played its first show at Milkboy in January 2013 and recorded its first demo in February at Ghrayeb’s Downingtown studio.

Baker Man gigged steadily throughout 2013 and their shows drew comparisons to Sunny Day Real Estate, R.E.M., Sebadoh, and My Bloody Valentine, among others. The band consistently began to self-apply the genre tag of “Shoegazi” to their music as a result of this. The group was dealt a blow when drummer Emmerling relocated back to his native Pittsburgh late in the year, but help came from new drummer Evan O'Neill and the lineup was once again solidified. Baker Man soldiered on and began recording their self-released EP When We Collide in March of 2014 with Jeff White (Comb, Tin Horses, Northern Arms, Creepoid) at Permanent Hearing Damage studios in Philadelphia. Another lineup change was necessitated by the end of 2014 as Ghrayeb relocated to Little Rock, Arkansas.

The year 2015 saw a flurry of activity for the group. Multi-instrumentalist Brian Decker (Red Cedar Strings) was added on bass and the band began to move away from its earlier practice of switching instruments on stage a la Sebadoh. When We Collide was self-released by the band on Bandcamp in April; it received positive press from WXPN’s The Key, who described the EP as “scuzzy and fun” and said that the band “would have fit nicely in the mix of the Matador Records roster circa 1995”. In November, Philadelphia Weekly recommended a Baker Man show at Ortlieb’s as one of the top ten concerts of the week. The Weekly playfully chided the group for “[having] us open on ‘shoegazi’ like it’s a bona-fide genre,” to which the band replied, “Shoegazi IS a bona-fide genre. Real talk.” Time will tell; if people are building Spotify and YouTube playlists for “shoegazi” music in the next few years, you know who to thank. Baker Man are recording a full length album at Head Room Studios, that will be released this winter.
Tough Guy Soda
Tough Guy Soda, based in Philadelphia, started out on the backs of flatbed trucks and homemade stages in Chester County, PA. They're best described as Warehouse Rock, adding space and atmosphere to the energy and intensity of garage rock. It also helps that their practice space is a vacant office attached to an actual warehouse.

TGS released a 10-song demo on November 24, 2017 and are actively working on new material for 2018
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147