Union Transfer

1026 SPRING GARDEN STREET, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19123 Ι 215-232-2100

Lucero, Deer Tick

Lucero

Deer Tick

J Roddy Walston And The Business, Turbo Fruits

Sun, April 22, 2012

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

Union Transfer

Philadelphia, PA

$20.00 - $22.00

This event is all ages

Lucero
Lucero
You could say we were one of the lucky ones, starting this band in April of '98 without a clue as to what we were doing. We were getting tired of the steady punk rock and metal diet and we wanted to try our hand at country songs, or do our best Tom Waits/Pogues impersonation.

The trick there was that we couldn't really play our instruments! I had never played guitar before and Ben Nichols (lead singer, guitar) had only played bass in other bands. Finding Roy Berry (drummer) and John C. Stubblefield (bassist) solidified the line up and being hidden away in Memphis allowed us to woodshed, experiment with different sounds and create one that was ours alone.

Eventually we got out of town, and playing 250 shows year not only made us tight as a band but as a family as well. We are still one of the few bands out there with the original line up from almost the beginning, and it shows.

Picking up Rick Steff on keys allowed us to expand the sound and grow musically. Being able to play whatever we could think up in our heads and having the music we loved and grew up on motivate and inspire us to try new things and take chances. We realized that if you added some horns to Ben's lyrics that it took it to the next step, from sad bastard country rock to soul and R&B and we realized we were a Memphis band and came by it honest. We have always brought Memphis with us wherever we went and this just proved it.

We came out screaming on 1372 Overton Park. Big sound, bigger horns – like a kid with a new toy we put them on everything and loved it! This record was a marked departure from the previous sound and announcement of way things we're gonna be now!

While 1372 Overton Park was written and the horns added after the fact, Women & Work was written with the horns in mind so it was a little less gung ho and was starting to settle in nicely. Women & Work is one of the best modern Southern rock records in my opinion and the song "On My Way Downtown" has almost surpassed "Tears Don't Matter Much" as the crowd favorite... almost!

This brings us to the new record. All A Man Should Do contains some of the most resonant lyrics Ben Nichols has ever written, lyrics that read like chapters from his life on the duality of relationships, getting older, finding where you want to be in this world, and musically we are broadening our sound. Working with producer Ted Hutt for a third time at the famous Ardent Studios, we felt comfortable enough to take some chances with a palette of new tones that sound understated yet powerful, bringing life to the stories behind the lyrics without overshadowing them.

It's also the first time we've ever put a cover song on a record, with a full band version of big star's "I Fell in Love with a Girl", and having Jody from Big Star sing back–up vocals makes it that more special and amazing. This is a Memphis record in the greatest sense and a perfect finish to the three–part love letter to a city that brought us up and made us what we are today.

"I was 15 years old in 1989. This record sounds like the record I wanted to make when I was 15. It just took 25 years of mistakes to get it done." — Ben Nichols

"Having Big Star actually sing on your cover of a Big Star song that you're recording at Ardent Studios – it doesn't get much more exciting than that." — Ben Nichols
Deer Tick
Deer Tick
Deer Tick is going on tour this fall

The name of the tour is Twice is Nice.

The tour is to support the new records
Deer Tick Vol. 1 & Vol. 2.

At each show, they will play two sets; an “acoustic” set
And an electric set. There will be an intermission and
A comedian will open the shows.

Deer Tick will play music from all their albums.

Buy tickets to see Deer Tick on tour.
J Roddy Walston And The Business
J Roddy Walston And The Business
J Roddy Walston is not soft like someone born into privilege, but he does bear the hesitant scars of a man who fought his way out of a pedigree.
yoked from day one to a musical lineage that included "both kinds of music – country and gospel."
he was told with regularity that it was close to sin to play either for any reason but God and Family.
and that when the city comes courting with contracts and such he was expected to follow tradition…and walk away.
"a weight is kindly put upon you with a heritage, and a choice comes to you in time, at that point you can just become an extension or you can get born and grow legs of you own."
it is a stranger south that j roddy walston lived in, a place where radio gave equal ear to classic rock, hell-fire evangelists, and the elephant six.
powered and inspired by this mixture of art, spirit, and temptation he left home, in as much an attempt to bring his kin due credit as to rebel against the very things they had stood for.
he followed a girl north enough, and landed in baltimore with a low budget sense of manifest destiny and a handful of high dollar songs.
an undecided magnet started to draw to him a group of players. first came the challenge and compliment of billy gordon a musical mirror-image of j roddy and then steve colmus a sportly southpaw with a heavy snare hand. in them raw power met story and neither would compromise.
they felt a city squeeze. they formed an intangible thumb, and they them turned into a fist.
knowing good and well that you can predict a purebred, j roddy walston and the business opted to create a monster of the unknown, they threw what seed and egg they had into an american grab bag and hit the road. bending highways and rearranging maps to their fancy, making a different america for itself.
vision casting a strange view of the states to all who would listen, their agenda seems to be some sort of anti-secession, a growing over, rather than a breaking away.
a ceaseless expansion of the world where the rust belt and bible belt have been grown together to form a rock and roll quilt that knows no end.
i have seen their world. they perform in a place where the hedonists and believers are cut from the same cloth.
well-educated blue collars from busted boom towns forced to school when the factory option was taken away.
blue bloods working for a dime instead of taking the family money. renters and owners, evangelicals and recovering Catholics, nine to fivers and the service industry.
they all touch there.
i stumbled through a one way door. i now have a knowledge of these beatnik/honkey tonks and i can't seem to unknow it.
in these places j roddy walston and the business is the hometown band.
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Turbo Fruits
Turbo Fruits
Turbo Fruits, led by Jonas Stein (formerly of Be Your Own Pet) is a group of three rambunctious dudes.
Jonas, Matt, and Dave all live in Tennessee and can't get enough of it.
They enjoy this list of "things" very much.

1. a day out on the river
2. a day out on the lake
3. taking their shirts off
4. shitting with the door open
5. turkey hunting
6. riding and making love to motorcycles
7. walking around the house in underwear
8. big ass titties
9. goin really really fast
10. a good bar
11. bad jokes
12. joints
13. cliff jumping
14. rope-swings
15. cheap domestic beer
16. whiskey
17. big dogs
18. the farm
19. chainsaws
20. turnin' it up really loud
21. hot tubs
22. porn
23. cookouts
24. camping
25. fridays, saturdays, and sundays
Venue Information:
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123