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Lefty's Deceiver

Lefty's Deceiver

JJL, I Think Like Midnight

Fri, December 29, 2017

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

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

Lefty's Deceiver
Lefty's Deceiver
At the dawning of the 21st century LEFTY'S DECEIVER were at the top of their game. Prolific enough to release 4 albums in just 5 years, LD's reputation grew on the merits of their live shows, which proved them to be one of the most dynamic indie rock bands in the city. Their first two albums, 1999's 45:00 (PlotTwist Records) and 2000's Conversations on Favored Nations (HCNL), garnered the trio critical praise and the opportunity to begin touring the U.S. In 2001 the Philadelphia City Paper nominated LD as one of Philadelphia's Best Live Bands and named Conversations to their Top 20 albums of 2000. 2001's Process Junior EP marked the departure of bassist Ed Hogarty as he pursued lead guitar duties with Philly pop darlings THE BIGGER LOVERS.

With the addition of Kristine Muller (bass player for the band Rhode Island) LEFTY'S DECEIVER would re-form in 2001 barely missing a beat. By May of 2003 they recorded and released Cheats under the My Pal God Records banner. Widely reviewed as their most accessible and head-bopping offering to date, Cheats put them on the road with Philadelphia compatriots BITTER BITTER WEEKS and MATT POND PA for the nationwide Philly Throwdown Tour.

By 2004 LD stopped appearing at Philadelphia's regular rock venues. There was no final show, no teary goodbyes. Despite LD's inactivity, during their hiatus LD's members continued contributing their efforts to the Philadelphia music community; Mike Kennedy (fronting his own project, Audible, and playing drums for BC Camplight, Mazarin and others), Ed Hogarty (Audible, Swivel Chairs and the recently re-united Bigger Lovers), Kristine Kennedy (Audible and curator of the Waterfront Wednesdays concert series) and Andy Williams (board member of Weathervane Music Project).

On a cold 2011 February night after seeing Todd Barry's comedy show in the Italian Market's modest Connie's Ric-Rac, Kris, Mike, Ed and Andy gathered for some dinner and a bit of scheming. By midnight Facebook posts were on each of their "walls" that a 4-piece incarnation would be making a return later that year… and that there might be a corresponding 5K run involved. While the LD Fun Run still needs some planning, the souped-up LEFTY'S DECEIVER will be performing a combination of old favorites and new songs. Another full-length record is in the works for a 2014 release...
JJL
JJL
There are times in life when we all feel like the Universe is sending us a sign. And that’s exactly how Jay Laughlin, Philadelphia music scene veteran, felt when a fire ripped through his band's (JJL) practice space claiming all their musical gear one dark night in February of 2014. At first, it felt like a sign that maybe he should consider giving up his passion — and stop pouring his heart, soul, time and energy into making and playing music.

Fortunately, there was a second sign from the Universe. As the smoke slowly cleared, a massive wave of support rolled in. Family, friends, fans and the community made their feelings known by providing funds, lending equipment, organizing benefits, and showering the band with no small amount of emotional support and encouragement. It felt like proof positive that JJL should rebuild and re-focus. And that’s exactly what they have done — emerging triumphantly with The Tiger E.P., their 6-song debut 12-inch, in hand.

As a songwriter, Jay has returned to his roots in a way. It’s evident that the devastating fire stirred up emotions and triggered memories that rekindled his love of playing heavy music. He is once again making music that celebrates the raw power of the artists that originally inspired him to start playing drums and guitar when he was barely a teenager... metal bands like Iron Maiden, Dio, Judas Priest, Slayer, as well as, hardcore bands like Minor Threat and The Bad Brains.

JJL amps up the “power” of the traditional power trio, with Jay on guitar and vocals (Lenola, Like A Fox, Turning Point), his long-time drummer Pete Girgenti on drums (Like A Fox) and new member Derek Zglenski (Belgrade) rounding out the group on bass. The Tiger E.P. boasts loud metallic riffs, spidery melodies, bombastic drums and fluid bass runs. The music is both intricate and concise, balancing the frenetic energy and immediacy of rock n' roll with the musicianship and bombast of heavy metal. In short, JJL have songs that stick in your head no matter how hard you bang it.
I Think Like Midnight
I Think Like Midnight
I Think Like Midnight is an instrumental rock band formed by lovers of the lost art of the rock instrumental. The initial spark was a reoccurring desire on the part of ITLM found Andrew Chalfen to hear a new record by the band Pell Mell. As no new Pell Mell record has been released since 1997, Chalfen formed ITLM in an attempt to make a Pell Mell record, which they did, up in Ithaca NY at the home recording studio of J. Robert Lennon. The result is the album "Warm Seclusion Structure". As ITLM preps for the album's release and playing the songs out live, recording continues of more new material, much of which will be available as bonus tracks.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
http://www.bootandsaddlephilly.com