BOOT & SADDLE

1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Alex Bleeker + The Freaks

Alex Bleeker + The Freaks

The Extraordinaires

Sun, November 22, 2015

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

Alex Bleeker + The Freaks
Alex Bleeker + The Freaks
Under the moniker, Alex Bleeker & the Freaks, Jersey­bred songwriter Alex Bleeker has developed a solo career outside of his bass playing duties for Real Estate. Bringing together like­minded players and friends, he and his able­minded Freaks crafted two separate albums of material, a low­key self­titled release in 2009 and a more full­bodied 2013 record entitled How Far Away.

Alex Bleeker and the Freaks’ third album Country Agenda is the culmination of Bleeker’s songwriting, as well as the gelling together of a fully formed band. With the full­time inclusion of guitarist Alex Steinberg, bassist Nick Lenchner, drummer Dylan Shumaker and keyboardist Jacob Wolf, along with occasional guest vocals from Mountain Man singer Molly Sarle, The Freaks’ vibe has coalesced considerably.

No longer the work of a single director, this version of the band gives the songs more room to breathe, allowing the tunes to move in unexpected directions. A wholly collaborative effort, Country Agenda features multiple songwriters and ensemble playing that stretches out in unhurried passages of glowing musical interplay. The songs wander in slow motion like a coastline drive, drawing on the same wizened energy and brilliant restraint as Crazy Horse, the Dead, Moby Grape and other like­minded cosmic travelers. Easily the most realized and best sounding set of tunes from the project, the strengths of the album are magnified by a cohesive feeling that was absent on previous Freaks records. The sound here is undeniably the birth of a solid band playing together, locked in the groove, and moving down the road in unison.
The Extraordinaires
The Extraordinaires
With pop-rock meets folk music sensibilities, and purely artistic stage antics to match, the Extraordinaires are known for putting on shows that are both musically captivating and visually entertaining. Sean Moeller of Daytrotter.com describes The Extraordinaires' music as "bumping, cheerful arrangements that run the gamut through early Flaming Lips psychedelia, via albums like 'Clouds Taste Metallic' and 'Transmissions From The Satellite Heart,' to bright and sparkly pieces of pure pop that feel like pizzeria cabarets and exploding rainbow tales."

Lead singer Jay Purdy, puts an unrivaled contemporary emphasis on creative songwriting and storytelling lyrics, a quality best exemplified in their latest album "Electric and Benevolent," a concept album based on the life and times of inventor Nikola Tesla. Since 2005, The Extraordinaires have released a number of recordings on Philadelphia-based DIY record label Punk Rock Payroll, including three albums uniquely packaged in hand-crafted, hardcover books, and a 7 inch EP that functions not only as a vinyl record, but a board game (complete with playing cards, die, and instructions!) as well.

The Extraordinaires currently have their music featured in the independent films The Space Jockey Pursuit and Disney Shot Kennedy. As if the band hasn't been busy enough, in the summer of 2011, The Extraordinaires' sophomore release "Ribbons of War" will be turned into a full scale musical that will run for eight weeks in Chicago's renowned Piccolo Theater.

In the past 3 years, The Extraordinaires have toured relentlessly throughout the USA and Europe continuously building on their ever-growing worldwide fan base. The Extraordinaires have toured and performed with well-known acts such as Man Man, Dirty Projectors, Blitzen Trapper, Deer Tick, The Felice Brothers, Islands, and most recently Gogol Bordello as tour support.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
http://www.bootandsaddlephilly.com