BOOT & SADDLE

1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Greg Mendez (Record Release Show)

Greg Mendez (Record Release Show)

Shannen Moser, Neil O'Neil, Queen Jesus

Sun, February 11, 2018

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

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

Greg Mendez
Greg Mendez
Greg Mendez has been crafting pop songs in his room since 2006. This February, he is releasing his first full band, full length record, joined by Evan Bernard, Cody Wren, and Ian Farmer.
Shannen Moser
Shannen Moser
Hailing from Berks County Pennsylvania, Shannen Moser grew up steeped in folk and country music. Influenced by the historically rich area, stretching farmland, and local folkers, Shannen credits the area with giving her the tools to write the music she does today. Her self- taught guitar plucking style and confessional lyricism are evocative of the area she grew up in. She vividly recalls her first encounter with folk music in her dad’s old truck, playing “Be here in the Morning” by Townes Van Zandt. Since then her love for songwriting has continued to grow.

In 2014 Shannen moved to Philadelphia to pursue her music more earnestly. Her latest recording, the debut LP “Oh My Heart” was released in January this year and has taken her from small bedroom recordings to a more expansive sound. Mostly recorded in a barn in Earlville, New York by Eric Muth, the record moves forward sonically while preserving the sincerity of her earlier work and showcasing Moser’s folk and country influences. The record was later finished in Philadelphia at the Knife Lair, a new studio project headed by Eric Muth and Wyatt Oberholzer. Accompanied by cello from Julia Peters, keys by Joe Evers, and guitar and auxiliary by Muth, Shannen’s band has helped her solo acoustic project evolve into a fuller sounding project. “Oh My Heart” moves beyond the sketchbooks of Shannen’s earlier work and proves an arrival for both her and her band.
Neil O'Neil
What originally started as a drunken faux-Chicagoan alter ego constructed by Wrigley Field, Neil O'Neil has slowly become moniker of the vulnerable solo effort from Neil Berthier formerly of the band Donovan Wolfington. His debut album entitled "Knock Yourself Out" will be out in May on Flower Girl Records. This will be the first fully realized solo effort from Neil, with many more to be released
Queen Jesus
When Pat Brier saw the words “king god” written on an abandoned truck in his hometown of Scranton, PA, he knew he’d found the perfect name for his recording project.

Unfortunately, that name was already taken, and a cease and desist letter soon found its way to Pat’s mailbox; thus, Queen​ ​Jesus​ was born.

The Philadelphia indie-rock outfit may have started as a solo project—Brier played every part on the 8-track recordings he made back in 2012 while living in his parents’ basement—but it has since become a solid quintet. Brier was already used to working closely with Matt Schimelfenig thanks to Three​ ​Man​ ​Cannon​, and Schimelfenig was happy to help get Queen Jesus off the ground. Seasoned players Tim Jordan, Justin Fox, and Billy Fries joined in a year or so later, each bringing something different from their own musical endeavors (too many to list here, really) to the table. Eventually Brier moved from guitar to drums, and the lineup was set.

Influenced by genre touchstones like Sparklehorse and Neil Young, Queen Jesus makes the sort of lilting, daydreamy slowcore well-suited for long car rides or late night space outs. Their songs are easy to get lost in, with Brier’s hushed vocals resting comfortably on top of hazy guitar lines. In live performances especially, the long years of friendship (and overlapping band membership) are obvious; watching them play is like watching one singular brain at work rather than individual musicians. And that same easy attitude comes through in their recordings, most recently on 2016’s Tar Ranch EP. They’re currently at work on their second full length, due out next year.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
http://www.bootandsaddlephilly.com