1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Modern Inventors, Ladybird

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Modern Inventors


TJ Kong And The Atomic Bomb

Fri, May 30, 2014

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

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

Modern Inventors
Modern Inventors
"Rock & Roll was made to make you suffer" professes singer Josh Benus on "Selfish Generation," the towering new single from Modern Inventors. The evocative alt-rock anthem is not so much a damning take on modern music from the Nashville-based outfit, but rather, an honest look at the sacrifice required to discover one’s unique artistic voice. That's just what Modern Inventors have accomplished with their new batch of material, as Benus and Matt Kass have expanded upon the carefully rendered arrangements and heartbreaking harmonies of their 2013 debut album "Trains & Aeroplanes" to capture a more vibrant, muscular sound. They've impressed Paul McCartney and have worked with a Grammy-winning engineer -- now, Modern Inventors are primed for their breakout moment.

"We took time after the first record to re-examine how we wanted the band to sound, and pushed ourselves out of our comfort zone," says Kass of "Selfish Generation," the first in a series of new singles set for release in summer 2014. While "Trains & Aeroplanes" featured a rustic rock focus that earned the young group comparisons to Wilco, and multiple performances at this year’s South By Southwest, the group's upcoming material is richer, catchier and altogether bigger. "There was a turning point where we decided to look outside of ourselves," says Benus, "and from there, we found our voice."

Much of the following year was spent in studios in Philadelphia, New York, and Nashville, writing songs, experimenting with the band’s sound, and collaborating on different projects, including the film score for critically acclaimed HBO documentary “First Comes Love.”

With the help of Grammy-winning engineer Neal Cappellino (Alison Krauss, Brad Paisley, John Fogerty), who mixed the group’s new singles; Modern Inventors have moved beyond the confines of a singer-songwriter duo, developing a talent for creating lyrically engaging rock anthems whose layers unfold upon repeated listens.

Since the beginning, Modern Inventors’ ascent has been rapid -- shortly after playing their first show together, the band quickly found support from Philadelphia’s WXPN-FM, and the radio station asked them to record a Paul McCartney cover in honor of the music legend’s 70th birthday. After the group’s take on “Every Night” became popular on WXPN, the version eventually made it to the former Beatle himself, who tipped his cap at the tribute in an email to the group. “He said he was ‘chuffed,’ which is a British phrase meaning ‘moved,” says Kass.

Modern Inventors will be delivering their imaginative live performances across the country with tour dates coming later this year. Discover the blossoming new group's music now, before their mainstream moment arrives.
Hatched from a front-porch jam session, LADYBIRD bathes old-time favorites and new originals in a cocktail of sepia-toned dobro licks, heaven-sent harmonies, and an organic acoustic sound. United by a love of American intervals and pure, clean melodies, Ladybird takes listeners from the streets of Philadelphia to the climbs of Appalachia with soaring ease. Their self-titled EP joins the gals with local rocker Michael Southerton (Song Dogs) to present four traditional songs with new takes, paying homage to the songs that let Ladybird take flight while looking forward to the future.
TJ Kong And The Atomic Bomb
TJ Kong And The Atomic Bomb
TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb are a band of so and so's who sound like Bob Seger high on cocaine and lost in the apocalypse.

They are a throwback to the swinging, drunken dancing memories of jump blues and roadhouse rock and big band leaders and The Rolling Stones and Bo Diddley and Tom Waits and Elvis. Big, sweaty, drunken 1970's Elvis.

WXPN calls their new EP - KONG "Eclectic and evocative, stirring together dusty cinematic arrangements with lyrical tales of depravity and hard-luck humanity that sound like something out of a Cormac McCarthy novel."

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"One of the most sought after bands in Philly."
- USA Today

"The rare ability to bridge worlds – hitting you with heavy subject matter, and making you dance to it, interweaving stories about outcasts and outlaws into danceable jams."

"Playing Americana 'slash blues', they sing, wail, lament, and brood over being drunk, hungover, alone, depressed, sweaty, and lost. A simple recount of a whiskey-inspired tradition on guitar and harmonica."
- Pop Montreal

"A contemporary-ancient brand of Americana similar to The Band or, at its crankiest extreme, Captain Beefheart... with a dirty Mersey Beat that'd shame the Animals."
- Philadelphia Citypaper

"It lands somewhere between The Basement Tapes and Anodyne, with a ragged, lo-fi aesthetic and lyrics drenched in heartbreak and whiskey.”
- Pop Matters

“A post-apocalyptic fall-out shelter house band.”
- Philadelphia Weekly

"Entertainingly unhinged."
- CBS Philadelphia

"Sounding like a cross between the Mountain Goats, Tom Waits and the ghost of Captain Beefheart serenading the crowd at a drunken rodeo, these guys cherry pick from the American songbook for both whiskey-soaked missives and woozy balladry."
- The Deli Magazine
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147