The Pink Spiders

The Pink Spiders

Carousel Kings, The Great Heights Band

Mon, December 18, 2017

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

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

The Pink Spiders
The Pink Spiders
Few bands have been able to cash in on their bad habits, dirty minds and naturally god-given talents quite like power-pop band THE PINK SPIDERS. The band has gained almost as much notoriety for their exploits, attitude and iconic look, as they have for the catchy and explosive sound they generate.

Infamy and chaos has followed them since they first stormed onto the Nashville music scene in 2004 with their self-released debut The Pink Spiders Are Taking Over. It was that notoriety that translated into immediate results, as the band signed to their first indie deal less than 6 months after forming. The guys quickly generated a big buzz with their
2005 indie label release Hot Pink, an infectious dose of dark pop detailing fast getaways and faster women.

Less than three weeks after the Hot Pink release, and in the midst of a nationwide tour, the band found themselves at the center of a major-label bidding war. THE PINK SPIDERS landed a deal with Geffen/Suretone Records, and in short order released their highly praised major label debut, Teenage Graffiti. Produced by hit-maker and legendary frontman of THE CARS, Ric Ocasek, Teenage Graffiti stood out from the pack with the hit "Little Razorblade," which exploded on radio stations from coast to coast as well as on Total Request Live, with MTV describing Teenage Graffiti as "a collection of sweaty, fist-pumping anthems" and declaring that THE PINK SPIDERS' "rock and roll assault was
underway." That album, coupled with the band's no-holds-barred live show, earned them a summer-long appearance on the Van's Warped Tour, a bizarre show in the outfield of Dodger Stadium, and heaps of praise from such respected media outlets as Spin, Billboard, Blender, USA Today and more. Alternative Press named THE PINK SPIDERS one of
its "Bands You Need to Know in 2006", while Rolling Stone said they have "enough catchy charm and ass-kicking propulsion to suggest a ballsier WEEZER or a punk-schooled CHEAP TRICK...the SPIDERS are ready to spin a power-pop revolution." Entertainment Weekly appreciated their "ideal blend of sweetness and crunch," and Spin declared the album "angst-ridden, smart-assed and slickly catchy."

Having departed from Geffen/Suretone, as the topsy-turvy world of major labels continues to sway unsteadily on shaky ground, Matt Friction and his bandmates were poised to prove that the success of Teenage Graffiti was no fluke. They released their third LP Sweat It Out by Friction's own label Mean Buzz, via Adrenaline Music. With producer Brendan O'Brien (PEARL JAM, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN) at the helm, the band released the album's first single "Gimme Chemicals" to critical acclaim. That tune was followed thereafter by "Seventeen Candles," which the band performed to over 11 million viewers on the hit reality show Hell's Kitchen. The band supported the album on summer's renowned Van's Warped Tour, followed by dates on their own headlining tour.

After a long hiatus, the band has returned in 2016 delivering a brand new single "Easier Than Ever" and a brand new album "Mutations" to be released in 2018.
Carousel Kings
Carousel Kings
“The latest in pop punk” - ALTERNATIVE PRESS

CAROUSEL KINGS have anchored their name as one of the most ambitious and creative rock machines in recent years. The Lancaster, PA music scene has definitely had an influence on CAROUSEL KINGS - the same town that bred the metal bands August Burns Red, Texas In July, and This Or The Apocalypse. It gave them the idea that it was possible to be a national act, to go for it. Having grown up there, influenced by heavy bands, but wanting to do something different, CAROUSEL KINGS did just that. The band wanted to be as poppy as possible but stay true to their roots, keeping the edginess, and the ethic, in place.

While CAROUSEL KINGS was founded by singer David Alexander in 2008, it was a couple of years until this revolving door line-up of friends, playing for camaraderie and fun, started to really focus on the band as a nationally touring act. The band released their debut album A Slice of Heaven on CI Records in 2012, followed by an EP Road Warrior later that year. CAROUSEL KINGS then recorded a Spanish version, as well as Reggaeton version of the single “Baby” (from A Slice of Heaven). A couple other EPs and singles followed on CI, and their tenure with the label culminated in the release of the highly celebrated second full-length album Unity in 2014. Soon thereafter, the CAROUSEL KINGS were truly united with the permanent addition of bassist Cody Williams and New Jersey natives Will Barovick on guitar and Danny Wilkins on drums.

It’s been a non-stop road trip for CAROUSEL KINGS as the band toured extensively, performing with Panic! At The Disco, Less Than Jake, Rise Against, City Lights, and the 2015 & 2017 Vans Warped Tours.

When CAROUSEL KINGS were thinking of a title for album number three, they wanted to find a name that was tranquil, yet matches their glossy popmelodies and arena-sized hooks. Charm City is about that dream place, a trippy world shared by all, yet unique to the individual. “This is the place where I go in my dreams,” says Alexander. “I want to connect the listener to my ‘Charm City’, and realize that they too can envision and live in their own ‘Charm City’ whenever they want to.”

The concept behind the artwork was envisioned by famed visual designer Archan Nair, known for his collaborations with Kanye West and Lindsay Lohan. On the album cover, Alexander states, “The idea is a floating emerald city meets Neverland meets Atlantis type place. A place you always have the urge to go back to because as beautiful as it is, the mystery is forever and it’s an everlasting escape. There is only one road to the city, and it’s in YOU.”

Having recorded nearly every previous piece of CAROUSEL KINGS material, producers Grant McFarland and Carson Slovak were called back to Atrium Audio (Candlebox, Everclear, +Live+, August Burns Red) in early 2016 to record Charm City. August Burns Red bassist/vocalist Dustin Davidson lends his voice on the track “Something Isn’t Right.”

“We hope this record can connect both on an entertaining, fun level, and also get people thinking outside the box with regards to what it is they can accomplish,” admits Alexander. “Anything is possible. Create your own ‘Charm City,’ and go for it!”

David Alexander - Vocals
Cody Jay Williams - Bass
Will Barovick - Guitar
Danny Wilkins - Drums
The Great Heights Band
The Great Heights Band
Hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, The Great Heights Band (TGHB) released their debut full length album entitled "Songs in Eastern Standard Timing" (SIEST) in October 2015 via CI Records after releasing an EP entitled "Weird Thoughts" independently in 2014.

SIEST received rave reviews such stating the record was a "annoyingly catchy... highly polished debut... (with) a solid ear for hooks" (Baltimore City Paper). Other reviewers said, "It’s hard to believe that the Baltimore natives have only been working together for a little over a year as The Great Heights Band truly lives up to its name on the band’s debut full length. Songs In Eastern Standard Timing is a soaring example of fun, funky, and vintage pop melodies, with clear indications that there is nowhere for this band to go but up." (Absolutepunk.net)

Since the release of SIEST, the band has toured around the eastern half of the United States regularly and was awarded the Emerging Artist Award at the 2015 Milwaukee Summerfest (world's largest music festival). TGHB has shared the stage with the likes of Andrew WK, Unwritten Law, New Politics, Never Shout Never, Punchline, Metro Station, Fenix TX, Hellogoodbye, Vacationer and many others.

The band has begun work on their forthcoming sophomore album due out later this year, recording and producing the album themselves at guitarist/vocalist Eric Taft's studio Buzzlounge Recording in Beltsville, Maryland. TGHB is Neal Karkhanis (guitar/vocals), Eric Taft (guitar/vocals), Owen Brinser (bass) and Paul Martinez (drums).
Venue Information:
Kung Fu Necktie
1250 N Front Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19122
http://kungfunecktie.com/

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