1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147



Toy Cities, Awaking Mercury, Last Full Measure

Sat, October 31, 2015

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

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA


This event is 21 and over

Sonnder is an experimental indie rock band based out of Philadelphia, PA. Fronted by lead singer and songwriter Ryan Weidman, Sonnder also consists of keyboardist Kat Stein, bassist Steve Iannettoni, and drummer Mike Liszka. Sonnder released their debut EP entitled “Thief" in the summer of 2014 allowing them to expand their reach farther across the northeastern United States including air play from Philly's Radio 104.5. The band is currently in the midst of a year long singles project in which each month of 2015 will yield a brand new song available through the band’s website and all online music distributors, leading towards the release of their debut full length "Entanglement" in the spring of 2016. The project has continued to help the band gain more and more notoriety with radio air play from the city's top radio stations and numerous writes ups from radio journalists, blogs, and more. All singles associated with the project have received critical acclaim. Specifically, The January, February, and June singles “Drifter," "Backwards Ambition," and "Siren Calling" received noteworthy air time and write ups from WXPN’s The Key. Sonnder recently has shared the stage with bands such The Dear Hunter & Northern Faces at one of Philadelphia’s most prominent venues, Union Transfer. Overall, Sonnder plans to continue to stay positive and honest, pushing themselves artistically while broadening their horizons.
Toy Cities
Michael Nesci, Josh Harris and Mitchell Lee began making their brand of 80's
post-punk and 90's dream pop inspired indie rock under the moniker Toy
Cities in December, 2012. The Brooklyn based group spent the winter
locked away hashing out ideas to arrive at a sound that was awash in
spacious synths and buoyed by guitars dipped in modulating reverb.
Despite wavering and cascading tones, the band kept a tight focus on
melody and song-craft which keeps a pop underpinning below their dense

In the summer of 2013 the boys teamed up with producer Chris Moore (The
Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs , TV on the Radio) to make their first recordings as a
band. The group released the resulting three songs as singles and
began playing out in the NYC area. Inspired by on of those first
performances, director Nikolai Vanyo approached the band with the
concept for a music video for the single "Nostalgia Kills". Filmed in
one day in upstate New York, the video was released in early Fall of
2013. The band continues to play and plans to release their debut LP summer of 2014.
Awaking Mercury
Awaking Mercury
Luke Eccles has been making music for the better part of the last two decades. He has shared the stage with Skillet, Haste the Day, Project 86, Five Iron Frenzy, Audio Adrenaline, and Jared from the Bloodhound Gang. In January 2007, Luke began his latest project, Awaking Mercury.

Awaking Mercury takes the influences Luke has grown up with and the music he wrote with his previous band Dreaming Under Mercury and pushes forward creating a mature alternative rock sound that is equal parts Thrice, Further Seems Forever, and Counting Crows.

On their 2010 full length, Head for the Indies, Luke and crew recorded several new tracks and some layovers from the Dreaming Under Mercury days. For the first time, Luke's music has proper production and it showed. Then, bassist Shane Breland joined the band and brought a pop element in his style and influence that pushed Awaking Mercury's limits further with the release of the 2013 EP, If It's Maria, where the already mature sound of Awaking Mercury was enhanced by the radio friendly element it had previously been missing.

Eccles's mature songwriting and work under the Awaking Mercury name has continued to grow and 2014 will bring the most ambitious recordings to date. With the additions of talented drummer Dylan Whitman of Neon Gray and the recent recruitment of lead guitarist Eli Endres (formerly of NJ's JPT), Awaking Mercury has been recording the best music of their lives.

Recently having shared stages with national acts like Terrible Things, Chris Trapper of the Push Stars, Rookie of the Year, and The Company We Keep, Awaking Mercury is ready to push outside of the regional scene into your town soon. Stay tuned because this alt-rock quartet is on the verge of big things.
Last Full Measure
Last Full Measure
One man's indie vision from Chester Springs, PA, pulling influences from Tiva Tiva, The Mechanicals, Bleeding Fractals, and Is And Of The.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147