BOOT & SADDLE

1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Dead Gaze

Dead Gaze

Myrrias, Sheer Mag

Sat, August 23, 2014

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

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

Dead Gaze
Dead Gaze
Coming from the hills of North Mississippi and the Cats Purring Collective (featuring prolific artists like Dent May, Bass Drum of Death and Flight), Cole Furlow has been releasing material under the guise of Dead Gaze since 2009, recently morphing into a five-piece live band. Combining effortless pop songs with recordings that put an emphasis on texture, Dead Gaze has released a slew of cassettes and 7" records on notable DIY labels like Group Tightener, Fire Talk, and Clan Destine, and received critical acclaim on sites such as Altered Zones, The Fader, and Weekly Tape Deck... Furlow explains that he records "wherever I can be alone". Whether it be in the pastoral Mississippi country where his mother lives, the State College marching band hall where his father teaches, or at the Cats Purring 'Dude Ranch' where he currently resides, his intention is always to "try to capture a very memorable moment", a spontaneous approach which home recording makes possible. The DIY ethos that goes into Furlow's recording process shouldn't feed into the lo-fi genre-trapping, though, as every sound Furlow commits to tape is deliberate. Dead Gaze's trademark over-compressed sound is one which has come from Furlow's belief in the importance of production as another instrument; "I think texture is something that is just as important as writing nice melodies and recording big songs".
Myrrias
Myrrias
Myrrias is a newly formed 4 piece comprised of April Harkanson, Casey Bell, Emily Robb & Mikele Edwards. Although each member has different backgrounds and influences, the group is focused on combining forces and discovering something new within themselves and their music. Myrrias utilizes the power of many - voices, layers, rhythms - while relying on the beauty of the minimal. Light as a feather, stiff as a board.
Sheer Mag
Sheer Mag
Sheer Mag's logo looks like the cover of an early hard rock record—all-caps font, jagged lettering. It seems appropriate, then, that at the outset of their 7" opener "What You Want", there's a guitar line with the same approximate structure as the central portion of Kiss' "Strutter". It's a fleeting-but-important moment—within the first few seconds of impact, they emphasize the "power" half of power pop. They bust out guitar solos that fly high. Their singer spits out words like, "What you want? What do you want me to do?," seemingly delivered more out of frustration than desperation. That tinge of anger—heard both in their vocals and their scuzzy junkyard guitar sound—is the perfect complement to "What You Want"'s swooning, power chord-driven melody. It's that ideal balance between sweet and sour. The track, one of four very good ones on their new 7", is an exciting introduction to this Philadelphia band.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
http://www.bootandsaddlephilly.com