1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

The Space Merchants

The Space Merchants

The Silence Kit, Jackie Thousand

Sat, September 5, 2015

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

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA


This event is 21 and over

The Space Merchants
The Space Merchants
Aqualamb Records presents its next release: the self-titled, debut album by The Space Merchants, out June 9th.

A self-proclaimed "country band traveling through space," The Space Merchants drive, jangle, and twang their way through sweet, haunting jams, as majestic as they are minimal. Theirs is a lo-fi psych experience, befitting of interstellar exploration as well as lonely highway trucking.

Naming The Velvet Underground, Black Sabbath, and Bobbie Gentry as musical inspirations, and mining the realms of science fiction, religion and myth in their lyrics, the co-ed Brooklyn band marries backporch Americana with brain-blowing transcendence, a juxtaposition they themselves sum up as "like Johnny Cash explaining current theories in astrophysics."

On perfectly composed songs like "One Cut Like the Moon" and "Mainline the Sun," female and male voices intertwine in rich harmonies over bluesy guitar- and organ-driven rock. The instrumentation is classic, the song structures are tried and true – The Space Merchants follow a recipe that has been working since the birth of rock n' roll, yet these are songs that seduce, abduct, and lead guided tours of other worlds.

Stream or download "One Cut Like the Moon," exclusively via Magnet Magazine, here.

The Space Merchants was recorded with two engineers at two locations: with Aaron Bastinelli at Converse Rubber Tracks in Brooklyn, NY (where he has also engineered and mixed recordings by The Hold Steady and Kurt Vile), and with Josh Meakim, a member of A Sunny Day in Glasgow, at the Sex Dungeon in Philadelphia, PA. The album was mixed by The Space Merchants' own Michael Guggino, and mastered by Josh Bonati (Psychic Ills, Pharmakon).

The dazzling/dizzying cover art is by Braulio Amado, whose work has graced the covers of The New York Times Magazine and Bloomberg Businessweek.

While they sound as if they were born playing these songs, the 'Merchants are in fact a new band and this is their debut. Drummer Carter Logan is a longtime collaborator of filmmaker Jim Jarmusch and currently plays with Jarmusch in the band SQÜRL. Bassist/vocalist Aileen Brophy was formerly in an X-Ray Spex cover band with Brian Viglione of Dresden Dolls and Violent Femmes.

The Space Merchants is Aqualamb Records' second release of the year, following the acclaimed debut by Hiram-Maxim. Founded by Brooklyn graphic designers Eric Palmerlee and Johnathan Swafford, Aqualamb specializes in releasing albums in book form – in lieu of standard LP or CD packaging, they design and print 100-page books containing art, liner notes, and download code. Of Aqualamb Records, Steel for Brains founder Jonathan Dickwrote recently, "In the spirit of labels like Hydra Head or Sacred Bones, Brooklyn's Aqualamb Records was born from the desire to place as much value on the aesthetic of a physical release as the music itself."
The Silence Kit
The Silence Kit
The Silence Kit is a Philadelphia-based post-punk band that plays textured, dark, indie rock. Inspired in equal parts by post punk, shoegaze, neo-psychedelia, avant-garde and indie rock, the band was started by singer/guitarist Patrick McCay back in 2002 as a solo recording project, eventually culminating in the first album "In Regulated Measure" (2006). "A Strange Labor" (2008) and "Dislocations" (2009) followed and "The Stairs" and "In Parts" EPs were released in 2011, each release garnering positive reviews from a variety of press. With each release The Silence Kit's signature sound grows more distinct, while the songwriting and arrangements continue to grow more varied and ambitious. The band's fourth LP "Watershed" is their most accomplished to date. Released on April 8th on Azteca Records / Break Even Records, "Watershed" reflects the band's wide palette of songwriting, mood and texture.
Jackie Thousand
Jackie Thousand
It was in the teachers lounge of a suburban Philadelphia high school where former Hey Angel guitarist/biology teacher Dave Adoff finally convinced art teacher Marilyn McCauley to share her songs with him.

McCauley had long told her friend she wrote songs on piano and guitar, but only really sang by herself at home.

They began writing songs together and Adoff enlisted his buds, bass player Dan Gross (None More Black) and Brendan Hill (Hey Angel, The Curse) to play drums. In January 2015, after nearly a year practicing in Hill’s garage and shaping their sound, Jackie Thousand recorded their debut EP, The Usual Order, with Pete Steinkopf at his Little Eden Studio in Asbury Park, NJ.

Steinkopf, the Bouncing Souls guitarist, co-produced the record with musician Dave Hause. The solo artist and former Loved Ones frontman is a longtime friend of the band who many moons ago played in hardcore band Step Ahead with Adoff and Hill.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147