1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Expert Alterations & Hard Left

England Belongs To Twee Presents

Expert Alterations & Hard Left

Royal Shoals, The England Belongs To Twee Sound System

Wed, August 12, 2015

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

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA


This event is 21 and over

Expert Alterations
Baltimore's premier indiepop trio Expert Alterations have one eyebrow arched as they survey the surrounding pop landscape -- they know they can do better. Strip it down, keep it lean, sweat off the fat. Despite their propensity for reducing the elements of pop to its essential core, Expert Alterations are minimal, but not skeletal -- their bones are strong and their songs linger long after the music is over. Deadpan vocals mingle with sparkling, chiming guitars (that's Patrick) and an insistent rhythm borne out of the tenacious, nervous energy of The Fall (that's Paul and Alan, drums and bass respectively). Expert Alterations' influences range from the well-trod (TVPs, The Wedding Present) to roads less traveled (Yeah Yeah Noh, Close Lobsters) and they process them into songs that can stand side-by-side with such standard-bearers. Please do not confuse these gentlemen with dilettantes – Alan does double duty also playing bass in noise pop band Wildhoney, and Paul curates Baltimore Popfest and hosts Pay Your Rates, a monthly party devoted to UK DIY and post punk. In addition, the band has toured with a reformed Flatmates and supported bands such
as likes of The Clean, Crystal Stilts and The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart.

While their influences may be Anglocentric, Expert Alterations are
partnering with one of the finest labels on this side of the pond.
Possessing one of the most vital catalogs in the history of the form,
archetypal indiepop label Slumberland will be releasing Expert
Alterations' 2014 self-released cassette as a one-sided 12" this
summer. With five songs of such high quality, there's no reason it
shouldn't be on the preferred format, and there is no label more
suited than Slumberland to bring this fantastic EP to their dedicated
fans worldwide.
Hard Left
Hard Left
We Are Hard Left is the debut album from Hard Left. Brought together by the music, held together by the outrage -- Hard Left are a hard-mod/punk band borne out of a desire to explore leftist political ideas and marry them to rabble-rousing music worthy of the worldwide struggle against capital. Far from a dry exercise in doctrinaire thought, Hard Left's songs are great punk first and foremost, and ripping good fun.

The band members have been involved with punk and DIY music for nearly a century combined, including time in bands like Boyracer, Jüke, Whorl, Lunchbox and Black Tambourine, and operating the respected labels 555, Emotional Response and Slumberland Records. Initial Hard Left recording sessions in Spring 2014 led to the release of two limited edition lathe-cut singles, the Situationist-inspired "What's That Sound?" and the tough-as-nails "Safety." The band set to writing and in August 2014 gathered in the desert of Flagstaff, AZ to record. The results were two more singles ("Skinheads Home For Christmas" and a split 7" with Bad Daddies, both released in December 2014), and now this album.

We Are Hard Left is a concise and explosive punk record, packed with anthems of resistance and calls to action. These are crucial times that we live in, and Hard Left seek to inspire and invigorate. The opener "New Year" sets out the band's stall in fine fashion, urging listeners to "give up false needs" and embrace new beginnings. They follow with the blasting "Hard Left Rules OK," a call to arms if ever there was one. The album is tightly edited, each song on the heels of the previous one, exemplifying the group's eagerness to broadcast their message and energize their fans.

To that end, rousing chants and noisy interludes are interspersed throughout, cheeky but pointed references to their mod forebears and street-level terrace "politics." The message is always positive, the underlying mood is of hopefulness. "Hand In Hand" is an exhilarating call for solidarity and collective action, while "Future Perfect" imagines a world where the people were the true beneficiaries of the surplus created by progress, the perfect future we were all promised during the golden age of capitalism. Previous singles "Safety" and "Stay True" appear in re-recorded form, hard as nails and fitting in perfectly.

From the super-tough "Kicking If Off" to the Occupy-inspired "Red Flag" and the supremely uplifting (and also Situationist-inspired) closer "Imagination," this is a record that hits hard, crammed with guitars that soar and rage, group chants and raw-throated vocals. It's anthemic in the best way -- inspiring but never heavy-handed, a worthy successor to records by bands like The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers, Sex Pistols and The Dils. Call it "utopian Oi" if you will, or "hard mod" or just plain punk, but don't miss out on this passionate, thrilling record.
Royal Shoals
Royal Shoals
In 2012, Philadelphia’s Royal Shoals (members of the Ropers, Saturday People, and Public Record) paddled their surfboards out onto a loch and tactfully rode the wake of British post-punk back to shore. To be sure, the waves of their jangly and harmonic predecessors still feed the sound on their latest efforts, but now the waves are swiftly breaking upon the East Coast of the US. This sound is driving home from the Jersey Shore with kinetic urgency and somewhere along the trip the crashing of ocean waves gives way and blends with the rhythms of the El, of electricity, and of waves of every sort. In 2014 the Shoals will emerge from their annual studio retreat (with sound counselor and fellow traveler, Jeff Ziegler) and will present five more songs on their upcoming EP (self-titled, 3rd release).
The England Belongs To Twee Sound System
The England Belongs To Twee Sound System
Banned from the pub, the Roxy and in DC, the England Belongs to Twee Soundsystem assembles to provide Oi anthems, indie pop bangers, northern soul scorchers, and more--from Blitz to Bis and back again, if it wears an anorak, we'll play it. They can't smash the miners if we're all dancing together.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147