BOOT & SADDLE

1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

The Superweaks

Lame-O Records "Rock Residency

The Superweaks

No Thank You, Loose Tooth

Thu, January 11, 2018

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

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

Donations to: Behind The Bars

The Superweaks
The Superweaks
Led by the songwriting powerhouse duo Evan Bernard and Chris Baglivo, The Superweaks evolved from a Philadelphia music collective to a full time band for their first collective EP The World Is A Terrible Place And I Hate Myself And Want To Die. Since then, the band has formed a place in the hearts of the Philadelphia scene through their impressive knack for writing hooks that chew bubble gum and kick ass.

With influences ranging from Weezer to Thin Lizzy to The Ergs, the songwriting team delivers song after song of straight to the point powerful pop backed by the occasional impassioned shout and a healthy tinge of fuzz. The band released their debut LP Bad Year in 2015 on Lame-O Records, which led them to tour with everyone from Brand New and The Get Up Kids to Modern Baseball and Joyce Manor.

On November 4th, 2016, The Superweaks will release their follow up LP Better Heavens, dedicated to the band's bass player and family member Corey Bernard, who passed away this summer. Artwork on the album, both the cover and further art within the LP come from Corey's old drawings.

Better Heavens sees some sonic experimentation from The Superweaks, carrying on some of the pop and guitar-rock from their last release, but also finding more dynamic moments throughout. The band softens on track "Diamond Mind," experiments with synths and vocal effects on "Oh God (We're All So Miserable Now)" and adds some atmospheric heaviness with "Heavy Dreams" and "Junkie's Gone To Heaven," while still delivering great pop hooks on songs like "Better Heavens" and "Glowing."
No Thank You
No Thank You
If there are seven stages of grief, No Thank You might show you an express route through them. The Philly trio — composed of long-time friends Kaytee Della Monica, Nick Holdorf, and Evan Bernard — walks a tense, bleary-eyed path on All It Takes To Ruin It All, their sophomore release as a full band. As the brisk, yet heavy-handed follow-up to last year’s Jump Ship, the LP is densely populated with mental forestry and instrumental heft. Just listen to the closer, “Space to Grieve,” where doubled string sections percolate under buzzsaw guitar, or “Dash,” a single offering its best Built to Spill-via-Rilo Kiley: punchy indie rock shot through with a need to escape its own devices. It’s also an LP surrounding the death of Della Monica’s father, using catharsis to balance the weight of this loss and its gradual acceptance.

All It Takes To Ruin It All records this healing process with equal parts tenderness and teeth, with tracks oftentimes bumping elbows in the running order. “Hell Bent” and “Limitlessly Cheap” both tackle the discomfort of strained relationships, but the former expresses its bitterness in churning, downcast guitar lines, while the latter is skittish and manic. This duality is maximum No Thank You, where different sonic brushstrokes get applied to the same unsettling subjects. Other tracks, such as the brittle, meandering “New England Patriots,” find the band at their most reflective, allowing Della Monica ample space to reflect on her last moments with her father.

All It Takes To Ruin It All doesn’t shoulder its pain with cynicism, but its conclusion doesn’t offer much calm, either. When summarizing the LP, Della Monica rattles off a list of like and unlike terms. “This record is primarily about learning, growing, accepting, not accepting, etc.” This is a journey shared by friends through intersecting pains and life lessons. It’s not as definite as steps in a process would suggest, but it’s a vibrant, desperate appeal for recovery, relief, and the future.
Loose Tooth
Larissa Sapko had set two goals for herself in the summer of 2013: find a job, and start a band. Once she got a job, the band wasn't far behind. She asked her friend Kian Sorouri if he would like to play guitar (he did), and he in turn asked Jim Dobrowolski if he would like to play drums (he learned how, and he did). What It Is came out in December 2013, and Loose Tooth enjoyed a year of playing local shows and weekenders in the Northeast.

After hearing that Jimmy was moving to Costa Rica, Christian Bach and Kyle Laganella stepped forward and volunteered their shredding skills to keep Loose Tooth moving up and onward. After reworking their first EP What It Is and writing some new songs in the process, the band's debut record Easy Easy East was ready to rip.

After touring on Easy Easy East throughout 2015, the band came together to start writing their follow up record Big Day. The songs on Big Day developed a more cohesive feeling as the four became more comfortable playing together. Big Day is set to be released in April of 2017 on Father/Daughter Records and Lame-O Records.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
http://www.bootandsaddlephilly.com