BOOT & SADDLE

1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

The Donkeys

The Donkeys

Pete Donnelly, Heat Thunder

Tue, July 15, 2014

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

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$8.00

This event is 21 and over

The Donkeys
The Donkeys
California places a distinct sonic stamp upon the music born with in its boundaries. Owens had his Bakersfield, Parsons his Joshua Tree, and Malkmus his Stockton, and in their tunes you can hear dust, desert highways, and skateboards gliding over suburbia. The Donkeys have San Diego, and from that environment have woven a fundamental ease in their music - a rock, a roll, a sway, a slide - you could even call it a breeze. On Ride the Black Wave, The Donkeys continue their easy rolling, classic vibrations, but add a mystery and tension that make this record their most lyrically and instrumentally compelling.

Ride the Black Wave embodies what Jack Kerouac described of California's coast as having an "end of the land sadness." The Donkeys stare out at the ocean in a "fantastic drowse" - a kind of pensiveness towards their environs that summons the elements of sound and style that belong only to them. In "Blues In The Afternoon", a collective mantra, the band runs out of land and asks of the ocean to offer suggestions about their fate. It is songs like these that prove the Donkeys are a band in the true sense of the word, sharing each other's worry and wonder. With RTBW, The Donkeys have further caged their craft and have accomplished the delicate and artful challenge of taming the captured, while also letting it be wild.

Recorded at San Diego's Singing Serpent and mixed by LA’s Thom Monahan, the Telecasters have a golden shimmer, the drums seem to echo with a regional reverberation. The notes coming off the Rhodes float on like beer-buzzed afternoons, but just when you get lost in the hypnotic swirl of "Sunny Daze" the churning guitars begin to circle like sharks, reminding us of the realities beneath all beautiful surfaces. Ten tracks deep, Adrianne Verhoeven of San Francisco's Extra Classic appears like the mythic Calafia herself, delivering a vocal that would bring Cortez to his knees.

So, it is with Ride the Black Wave that The Donkeys add their own stratum to California's ever expanding musical frontier, while maintaining their golden "shine" as well as interjecting a tension with the sun and beauty. The record hypnotizes as much as it awakens; it poetically puts us at ease while we sit in traffic, peck at our keyboards in cubicles, or conversely, it accompanies us as we ride along desert highways, or sway with our lovers. It is about home; it is about waves, and surrendering to their movements, trusting that they will take us to where we truly belong.
Pete Donnelly
Pete Donnelly
Pete Donnelly is a Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey-based songwriter, musician and producer. A dynamic and engaging performer whose songs are both poignant and light-hearted, Donnelly is a founding member of the Figgs, who have a worldwide fan base and a lengthy discography, and is also an honorary member of the legendary band NRBQ. Pete’s Music is built upon sturdy pop melodies, and played with a genuine sense of care, Donnelly’s songs are testaments to his artistry.
Heat Thunder
Heat Thunder
Heat Thunder’s debut medley EP Melody, Love & Soul has just been released.

Written by Joe Montone, the album is full of lush landscapes reminiscent of his hometown Doylestown, PA. Travelling through each new movement, a rise or fall, he shares a new beginning through song; for if we recognize the destination the dream will be gone…

Before the recording of Melody, Love & Soul began, Montone and long-time friend and filmmaker, Evan Cohen decided to work on a film together inspired by the album as they had both felt like fate brought them to the project.

The film and album were completed in April 2012. The challenges of their crafts were met together. Out of immense surrender, it was as if some momentum had finally taken over and opened them up to a finished piece that they could have never envisioned. The discoveries and conclusions that kept unfolding harvested a piece with a life of its own.

Now in 2013 – Heat Thunder has formed into a band with fellow artists, William Chamuris, Matt Phillips and Luming Hao They plan to keep travelling in their writing and recording together with another release already in motion and shows along the way… they are open to whatever this year may bring – unconfined.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
http://www.bootandsaddlephilly.com