BOOT & SADDLE

1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Dark Blue

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Dark Blue

The Guests, Deep Red

Sat, June 30, 2018

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

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

Dark Blue
Dark Blue
It’s 2018 and it’s another shite year in America. But hey, the Philadelphia Eagles finally made it to the Super Bowl, so it’s only fitting there’s a new Dark Blue single recorded by none other than Jeff Ziegler. The band’s 2016 LP—'Start of The World'—was as much an ode to the powerless as it was an effort to lay bare uncomfortable realities: the working poor keep working only to get poorer, oh and ICYMI, there’s a violent occupation happening in Palestine. Dark Blue’s latest 7” for 12XU continues to sing to the unsung with two tracks that are unwilling to sugarcoat issues many seem to turn a blind eye to.

The A side, “Fight to Love”, is a brit-pop ballad that feels arena huge thanks to John Sharkey III’s distinct vocals, which are the strongest and most emotional they’ve ever been. Like all Dark Blue songs, bleak is always embedded in the pop. This track rails against gentrification, which according to Sharkey, doesn’t matter if it’s lead by “slime who dress their rescue dogs in Lycra,” or if it’s cloaked in Zionism.

The flip side to this is a reimagined version of Anti-Nowhere League’s 1983 classic, “For You.” Instead of the cut’s street punk grit, Dark Blue turns the track inside out to expose a song that goes right for the heart instead of the usual brick to the gut.

Dark Blue’s new 7” proves that they’re still here, trudging through the dreadful in 2018, and these songs will have you stomping right beside them.
The Guests
The Guests
In the fall of 2014, 30 of my Facebook friends suddenly changed their names to Mike Kaminsky and their profile pictures to a bunch of clones that kind of look like Robert Pattinson. It was close to impossible to tell any of them apart. They worked at a unified pack, constantly spamming one another's Facebook pages, begging others to "please, do join us," and generally trolling Zuckerberg, unbeknownst to the man himself. People did join them. The Kaminsky horde grew and grew until they were in the hundreds. There were Kaminskys in Brazil and even Dubai, but the origins of Kaminsky traced back to two bands in Philly who share some members—Noisey darlings Sheer Mag and the Guests.

We probably wouldn't have known about the Guests or their Kaminsky anthem "Third Coming" if it wasn't for the Facebook Kaminsky invasion, so thanks, Mike. The Guests pull influence from 80s darkwave and gothic pop, and they're all a bunch of commies. Although "Third Coming" cribs its chorus from the Kaminsky "join us" mantra, the band told Impose last year that the song's about a revolution and that their "vision is workers' liberation." Well, the Guests have decided to give us an exclusive stream today of their whole new album according to their ability, for us to post, according to our need.

The EP was produced by the venerable Ronnie Stone, who we recently interviewed. The Kaminsky thing is pretty much dead these days, but the Guests live on. Please, do join them.
Deep Red
Deep Red
Michael Berdan, singer of Uniform and native son of Delco.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
http://www.bootandsaddlephilly.com