BOOT & SADDLE

1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

HiSoft

HiSoft

Light Heat, Don Devore

Thu, November 19, 2015

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:15 pm

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

HiSoft
HiSoft
Five tracks. Twenty-one minutes and 19 seconds. That’s all HiSoft is offering you. Is it sheer confidence in knowing you’ll eat up the five songs on their debut EP? Or is the band declaring that they are, in fact, as the EP’s title suggests, Amateur? Either way, take them up on that offer. The first official taste of this band is short, but it’s pretty damn sweet.

Flowing melodies and wafting vocals, both courtesy of singer/guitarist Gerhardt Koerner, are what you first notice about Philadelphia-based HiSoft. Listen closer for smooth bass lines that subtly anchor each song. Laid-back beats round out the band’s overall mellow feel. Or, just call it what they call it: “Art rock you can make out to.”

HiSoft’s current lineup was intact for only a few months before they inked a deal with Chocolate Hearts last October. Now, amid steady gigs at Philly’s Khyber Pass and North Star, HiSoft is giving new meaning to the term “multi-task.” Koerner just finished a long and successful run as a sideman with the Lilys, and he’s the band’s sole songwriter. Drummer Jason Kourkounis and guitarist Don Devore have a hell of a commute to their separate California-based bands, and bassist Jesse Trbovich has only HiSoft on his plate, but we’re guessing he’s cool with that.

HiSoft are gearing up to record their full-length album, and plan to be touring nationally by late spring. The album will likely include two tracks from Amateur — the lulling “West Coast Keith,” with its comfy tempo and soothing “ahhs,” is a solid candidate — plus ten new ones. Get ready for a lot more music to make out to.
Light Heat
Light Heat
The fact that Quentin Stoltzfus has not released a record since Mazarin's We're Already There (2005) borders on absurd, but know this: that whole time, Quentin Stoltzfus was writing and recording the collection of tunes presented henceforth under the name Light Heat. Written and recorded in the hours and days between producing albums for friends and pulling hours as a professional mover, Light Heat's self-titled album came together in a stone barn with a world-class recording studio he helped to build, a yurt in the deep woods of Virginia, and his home studio in the Philly neighborhood of Fishtown.

Written, re-written, recorded and re-recorded over seven years, the sessions making up this album ultimately came together with the help of an assembled group of old friends including Paul Maroon, Matt Barrick, Peter Bauer and Walter Martin from the popular recording and live group, The Walkmen, while producing, engineering and mixing duties were helmed by Quentin himself.

The result is an album chock full of metaphysical news. The group manages to weave classic references with the sound of the future. Embodied within you'll find sweet soft harmonies alongside guitar pyrotechnics and a rhythm section adrift in time signatures recalling Can, Faust, Cluster, you get the picture? Light Heat is without doubt the creative extension of writer Quentins previous efforts yet thanks to the passing of time, the loss of the name Mazarin to… well, another Mazarin. Light Heat is less a new direction for Quentin and much more a new beginning
Don Devore
Don Devore
Don Devore is an American musician who has been a member of the bands Ink & Dagger, Frail, The Icarus Line, Lilys, Amazing Baby, Historics, Vague Angels, Souls She Said, among others.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
http://www.bootandsaddlephilly.com