BOOT & SADDLE

1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Summer Fiction

Summer Fiction

Heyward Howkins

Sat, November 21, 2015

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

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$12.00

This event is 21 and over

Summer Fiction
Summer Fiction
Bill Ricchini, a singer-songwriter from the Philadelphia, has been releasing gorgeous records to critical acclaim under his own name and more recently as Summer Fiction for over a decade. His tuneful, moving melodies meets at intersection of The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds, Elliot Smith's XO, and the best work of The Smiths. His most recent UK recorded full length Himalaya, which SPIN Magazine called "“Brian Wilson melodic levity meets Johnny Marr guitar jangle…effortlessly engaging,” was recently reissued on vinyl by Spanish boutique label Pretty Olivia and he is just coming off a solo tour of Spain. In the grand tradition of great pop tunesmiths he likes examining perplexing ways of the human heart. This is music that's as honest as it is elegant, and it's sure to delight and intrigue anyone with a taste for classic pop. His band features members of Philadelphia bands Roomtone, Audible and Future Corpses. Summer Fiction's new single "Since You've Gone with That Boy" was released earlier this month.
Heyward Howkins
Whether insisted upon or lovingly squelched, "candor" marks the
pervasive theme on Be Frank, Furness—the swift successor to last
year's acclaimed The Hale & Hearty LP (produced by Chet Delcampo).
This go-round Heyward has captured an even more honest and relaxed
vibe with the help of co-producer Ben Riesman (Le Fits, Bart
Davenport) and mixing engineer Quentin Stoltzfus (Mazarin/Light Heat,
The Walkmen, Lilys, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah). Many of the tracks were
rendered to tape with a full band in a cavernous trolley repair depot
that was being transformed into a recording studio right under
Howkins' feet—imparting palpable warmth, breadth and unpredictability
into the sessions that ultimately became Furness.

While most of the central thematic figures on The Hale & Hearty were
too far gone—beautiful but broken, these folks still have a chance and
in some cases get a free pass—if for one night only—like the couple in
"Sweet Tea Oleander." It's a slippery ballad where the "whole night's
a pardon from guilt now departed" and a newly sprung couple sip from a
questionable brew just to have "anything to break up this candor."
It's a sweet but toxic mixture of Nathaniel Hawthorne meets Cool Hand
Luke.

In the title track, Heyward cleverly casts the famed Philadelphia
architect Frank Furness into the role of his butler and demands verity
(and clarity) when he poses the question—"how could I get so mashed by
a neutral spirit's glass and not come out straight bitters?" The song
portrays a familiar tension between the inner-city and the privileged
outskirts where Furness may hold both the keys to reconciliation and
your parent's liquor cabinet—"I should have quit this Main Line mess.
They were first world problems, yes. Turned into first world debt."

Speaking of family, Heyward takes his name from his five-times
grandfather Thomas Heyward (dubbed "The Singing Signer"), founding
father and signer of the Declaration of Independence. On "Brite
Kites," Howkins takes his fascination with family history and familial
connections in a new direction, setting to music a poem written by his
mother. Layers of history combine to speak through one voice as
perspectives collide and push thoughts from long ago into the present.

Heyward first garnered attention in the early 2000s as the lead
guitarist for The Trouble With Sweeney, with releases that included
the widely praised I Know You Destroy and Fishtown Briefcase—both
records landed on Rollingstone.com's Editor's Top Picks of the Year.

Howkins is also a founding member of The Silver Ages, the critically
acclaimed choral group featuring singers from a wide array of
Philadelphia-based bands, including David Hartley (Nightlands, The War
on Drugs, BC Camplight), Charlie Hall (Jens Lekman, The War on Drugs,
The Lindsey Buckingham Appreciation Society), Brandon Beaver (Buried
Beds, Nightlands), Zach Miller (Dr. Dog) and Dan Matz (Windsor for the
Derby, Birdwatcher).

Though dark themes creep in as many of the songs' characters struggle
and face the hardships of life, ultimately the album is defined by
Heyward's embrace of the playful and celebratory. With melodies that
pull you in (such as the buoyant album opener, "Nogales") and lyrics
that evoke feelings and situations both specific and universal ("Then
ran your first love Billy / All of ours really," Heyward sings in the
Stacker Lee-infused "Praline Country").
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
http://www.bootandsaddlephilly.com