1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

The Juliana Hatfield Three

"Become What You Are" 21st Anniversary Tour

The Juliana Hatfield Three

It's A King Thing (Playing Hits from 1997)

Tue, March 3, 2015

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

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA


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The Juliana Hatfield Three
The Juliana Hatfield Three
In 1993, Juliana Hatfield was in the eye of the alternative-rock storm. She'd made a name for herself as one third of sharply sweet alt-poppers Blake Babies, she'd played bass on the Lemonheads' cherished It's a Shame About Ray, and she'd released a solo debut, Hey Babe, which contained heart-on-wrist tracks like "Everybody Loves Me But You" and "Ugly" (with a capital 'U'). She'd even anticipated Nirvanamania with a 1991 song named for the band, which she wrote after becoming obsessed with the Bleach track "Negative Creep." She courted controversy by suggesting that women can't play guitar ("I was just being a brat," she says now, "because people were asking me, 'How does it feel to be a woman in rock?'") and entered the celebrity gossip mill, being paired with Evan Dando and Johnny Depp ("I don't know how that rumor got started," she told SPIN in 1994.)
So it was really no surprise that with the release of Become What You Are, her Nietzschean-titled second solo album -- and her only LP released under the name the Juliana Hatfield Three (which included bassist Dean Fisher and drummer Todd Philips) -- she would start to climb the charts. Its hits were unusual: The giddy, flirtatious "Spin the Bottle" (also on the Reality Bites soundtrack) with its off-kilter 5/4 groove, hit No. 97 on the Hot 100. And its first single, definitive sororal love anthem "My Sister," is one of the rare songs to become a hit without a chorus -- in company with the Beatles' "Yesterday" and Lionel Richie's "Hello."
And now, she is getting the band back together....Dean, Todd and Juliana have reunited in a studio in HOboken to work on a new record with her co-producer, Tom Beaujour.  They will release their second album, 20 some odd years later, in early 2015.  A national tour will follow and will include a performance of Become What You Are in it's entirety.
It's A King Thing (Playing Hits from 1997)
It's A King Thing (Playing Hits from 1997)
It is a King Thing was not a band in 1997. Now in 2017, the band is a band and they can look back on the last ten years and say with certainty that 1997 was a year that they were not a band. Singer Brian Mietz recalls.

“We were not a band. I learned Algebra that year.”

With number theory mathematics under his belly, Mietz turned to the arts to feed his studies. He learned from the greats like Austin, Sting, Edge and Hart. His artistic core strengthening was suddenly shook in November of 1997 during a live show of the Survivor Series.

“The whole thing reeked. Everyone saw it. Hart didn’t tap out.”

With his heroes eviscerated, Mietz decided he would start a band in 2007.

Now at 10 years of age, It is a King Thing are returning as Hits a King Thing to play the hit songs of 1997. I smell candy and sex. The whole thing reeks.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147