1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147



The Space Merchants, Easy Creatures

Fri, January 23, 2015

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

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA


This event is 21 and over

There are times in life when we all feel like the Universe is sending us a sign. And that’s exactly how Jay Laughlin, Philadelphia music scene veteran, felt when a fire ripped through his band's (JJL) practice space claiming all their musical gear one dark night in February of 2014. At first, it felt like a sign that maybe he should consider giving up his passion — and stop pouring his heart, soul, time and energy into making and playing music.

Fortunately, there was a second sign from the Universe. As the smoke slowly cleared, a massive wave of support rolled in. Family, friends, fans and the community made their feelings known by providing funds, lending equipment, organizing benefits, and showering the band with no small amount of emotional support and encouragement. It felt like proof positive that JJL should rebuild and re-focus. And that’s exactly what they have done — emerging triumphantly with The Tiger E.P., their 6-song debut 12-inch, in hand.

As a songwriter, Jay has returned to his roots in a way. It’s evident that the devastating fire stirred up emotions and triggered memories that rekindled his love of playing heavy music. He is once again making music that celebrates the raw power of the artists that originally inspired him to start playing drums and guitar when he was barely a teenager... metal bands like Iron Maiden, Dio, Judas Priest, Slayer, as well as, hardcore bands like Minor Threat and The Bad Brains.

JJL amps up the “power” of the traditional power trio, with Jay on guitar and vocals (Lenola, Like A Fox, Turning Point), his long-time drummer Pete Girgenti on drums (Like A Fox) and new member Derek Zglenski (Belgrade) rounding out the group on bass. The Tiger E.P. boasts loud metallic riffs, spidery melodies, bombastic drums and fluid bass runs. The music is both intricate and concise, balancing the frenetic energy and immediacy of rock n' roll with the musicianship and bombast of heavy metal. In short, JJL have songs that stick in your head no matter how hard you bang it.
The Space Merchants
The Space Merchants
The Space Merchants are interstellar travelers whose psychedelic imagination knows no bounds. Like the Universe itself their music is vast and impressive. Think Spacemen 3, Lungfish, The Black Angels, Will Oldham. Pulsing like a quasar, drummer Carter Logan and bassist Aileen Brophy provide the molten core around which expansive male and female vocals, the blistering guitar of Michael Guggino and the hypnotic keyboard of Ani Monteleone swirl in a melodic synthesis that in turns evokes a windswept prairie, a Hawkwindian black hole and a boogie band in the back room at the edge of the Earth
Easy Creatures
Easy Creatures is a rock band from Philadelphia, PA.

Shane Evans-Voice
Joe Konrad-Bass
Mark McKinney-Guitar
... Joey Simpers-Guitar
Jeff Tirabassi-Drums

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Easy Creatures is a new melodic post-hardcore band from Philly made up of some of Delaware's most notorious transplants to the big city. The group includes members of Walleye, Blackthroat, Railhed and The Bad Luck 13 Riot Extravaganza.

After years of fronting more aggressive acts singer Shane Evans has returned to his roots, eschewing mayhem for melody. His clean, emotive vocals – a cross betwee...n Shawn Brown and Greg Dulli -- drive an angular and tight band of veterans who still have the zeal of kids making their first album.

With an approach reminiscent of Samiam and early Jawbox, Easy Creatures have a consummate Delaware "run-off" sound – an amalgamation of the music from surrounding cities like D.C., Philly, New York and Baltimore – topped off with the angst that comes from living nowhere and everywhere all at once.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147