Oldermost, Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease

Oldermost

Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease

Thu, September 7, 2017

8:00 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

Oldermost
Oldermost
Philadelphia's OLDERMOST have been called "Atmosphericana Rockers" whose "sound is gorgeous and expansive, blending traditional songwriting motifs and blue-eyed soul harmonies with an uplifting and emphatically modern guitar rock attack ... with a surplus of texture and ambition, one that doesn't recognize the self-imposed barriers you typically find in the Americana scene," (WXPN's The Key). They "mix pop elements with nodes of soulful Americana and alternative rock laying the foundation for Bucknum's booming voice," (thatmusicmag.org).

In 2015, Oldermost released It's Difficult To Know Anything At All. The five-song collection playfully revisits the heavy inquiries of their full-length debut I Live Here Now, which was produced by Jonathan Low (Sharon Van Etten, Daniel Rossen, Kurt Vile, Mr. Twin Sister), but does so by building tension both centripetally and centrifugally around the dark and whimsical center of questioning and wonder never quite arriving at any answers. The songs, produced in their Philadelphia studio, are filled with questionable advice, despairing wit, contradictions and a ever-present affinity for popular song construction. This release welcomes guitarist Mike Sobel whose lap-steel performance was featured on The War on Drugs' phenomenal release Lost In The Dream ("Eyes to The Wind").
Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease
Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease
Joey has been writing songs and non-fiction since he was a teenager in the 1980s. Over the years, he has fronted the groups The Barnabys and The Trouble With Sweeney, as well as recording and performing as a solo artist. Meanwhile, he’s also written for a wide array of publications, including Salon.com, Philadelphia Weekly, the Philadelphia Inquirer and his daily perch, Philebrity.com, a cityblog he established in 2004. His songs and records have received widespread critical acclaim over the years; of his last record with The Trouble With Sweeney, Fishtown Briefcase, Pitchfork said “[Sweeney] mixes autobiography and fiction against the group’s 70s-inflected indie pop, resourceful— and unabashed— enough to digress into an E Street interlude or an AM-rock guitar coda.” He’s also garnered curse and praise as a writer of prose, having won the AAN Award for Music Criticism and appeared in Best Music Writing 2002. From 2004 through 2010, Sweeney mostly shied from performing and recording, focusing instead on his role as Publisher & Editor of the website Philebrity.com. In 2011, however, Sweeney stepped back into his old role of singer-songwriter, this time fronting the rock band Arctic Splash. Joey Sweeney Your Life Is Calling compiles the best of everything before the Splash.

In early 2013, Sweeney went on to record Long Hair, with Grammy award-winning producer Aaron ‘Luis’ Levinson, Lushlife aka Raj Haldar, and others. Long Hair is slated to be released by the eclectic La Société Expéditionnaire imprint (home and spawning pool of Lewis & Clarke, Judson Claiborne, Strand of Oaks, Arc In Round).
Venue Information:
Ortlieb's
847 N Third Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19123
http://www.ortliebsphilly.com/