BOOT & SADDLE

1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Jenny Owen Youngs

Jenny Owen Youngs

PJ Bond, The Bigness

Fri, September 27, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$12.00

This event is 21 and over

Jenny Owen Youngs
Jenny Owen Youngs
Jenny Owen Youngs, singer/songwriter and natural history enthusiast, returns with her third studio album, AN UNWAVERING BAND OF LIGHT. Produced by longtime collaborator Dan Romer (Ingrid Michaelson, Jukebox the Ghost), the record finds Jenny knee-deep in crunchy rock guitars, whispery string quartets, and a mixed bag of bizarre-o percussion... in other words, precisely where she wants to be.

"I wanted to explore new territory, mess around with tones and textures that Dan and I hadn't really dug into before," she explains. "When we started working on this album, I was obsessed with Tom Waits's Swordfishtrombones and Dan was wrapped up in Harry Belafonte's Calypso." These influences are echoed in the loose, bouncy electric guitar lines and layers of woodblocks, oil drums, and varied percussion that can be found weaving through many of the album's songs, most notably "Love For Long" and "Your Apartment."

"I also wanted to get loud," she adds. "I cut my teeth on Nirvana, and spend a lot of time listening to bands like The White Stripes, The Strokes, and Sleater-Kinney." And loudness prevails on the punked-out "Pirates" and the schizophrenic "Sleep Machine."

There is also something here for those who gravitate toward the quiet and the sad. "O God" is a meditation on regret and taking a pass on perfectly good love, made all the more heart-wrenching by the mournful string arrangement by Romer. "So Long" explores the greatest loss with nothing more than a piano and a few voices (including soaring assists from Ben Thornewill and Tommy Siegel of Jukebox the Ghost). As Youngs puts it, "I love playing loud, but there are still plenty of feelings to go around."

Jenny grew up in the forests of northern New Jersey and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. After self-releasing her first album Batten the Hatches in 2005, Youngs went on to release two albums and three EPs through the Canadian indie label Nettwerk Records. She has toured extensively through the US, UK, and mainland Europe, both as headliner and support to artists such as Regina Spektor, Motion City Soundtrack, Aimee Mann, Kevin Devine, and Amanda Palmer. Her songs have been heard on Weeds, Nurse Jackie, Privileged, Life Unexpected, Switched at Birth, and in Victoria's Secret stores the world over. Her spirit animals are Johnny Cash, Kate Bush, Tom Waits and Jack White.
PJ Bond
PJ Bond
PJ Bond is a wandering songster who has traversed the American and European landscapes more times than he can easily count. He got his start over ten years ago in what was then called the DIY Indie scene, back when musicians still made money on CDs and people spent a lot of their time trying to get signed. A decade later, Bond's lyrically dark but otherwise upbeat songs span from introspective Americana to reverb-laden rock from an earlier era. If forced to draw parallels and speak of influences, one might say he has drawn from the likes of Wilco and Elliott Smith, though he might prefer to credit Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan these days. When not traveling the globe, PJ splits his time between Brooklyn, NY and Asheville, NC, a small geographical fact that is nevertheless telling of the different musical threads he uses to weave his musical fabric.
The Bigness
In The Bigness, uber-melodic folk Americana meets punch-you-in-the-face guitar riffs and bluesy undertones. Think British Invasion guitar work, grounded in a steady folk strum and backing vocals that scream Air, Lennon/McCartney, and The Supremes all at once. 
 
It all started with a serendipitous meeting that led to a collaborative effort between front-woman Kristin Bigness and lead guitarist John Bueno (Bueno and The Goods) that took Kristin's charming folk tunes and gave them some balls.
 
The band's latest album, Surf+Turf combines thesetwo lifetimes of songwriting. It has been called "nothing less than a gem" and these collaborative efforts shows no signs of slowing down.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
http://www.bootandsaddlephilly.com