J Bengoy

J Bengoy

Strange Parts, The Vernes

Sat, August 12, 2017

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


Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

J Bengoy
J Bengoy
J Bengoy is bummer-rock that makes you smile. It’s groove-pop that breaks its own ankles. It’s surf-jangle breaking an arm on a medium sized, impressing-nobody kind of wave. It’s heartfelt emo with a shit-eating grin on its face. J Bengoy is a lot of things. They know that you are, too.
Strange Parts
Strange Parts
Strange Parts began when Attia Taylor (in NYC) sent Corey Duncan (in Seattle) a text, telling him about the time she received a giant bag of pennies from her grandmother, after riding a carousel in Strawbridge's department store on her 7th birthday. "Write me some drums about that" she said. Corey emailed her the most exuberant drum ideas he could conjure. Attia picked one, added her improvised carousel vocal melody, and sent it back. Corey mapped the contours of the melody, and created guitar textures to lift the vocals up through the clouds.

Plane tickets were immediately booked. Attia came to Seattle and the two wrote a flurry of songs in such a burst that neither of them can remember who wrote which part, or which lyric. Whether in the same room or across the country, Attia and Corey could mind-meld. The result sounded something like Billie Holiday singing over Serge Gainsbourg or The Cardigans, fitting well among Broadcast, Melody's Echo Chamber, and Cate Le Bon records.

To record their first LP which they call Oh God, What A Beautiful Time I Spent In The Wild, Attia and Corey met up in Philly, where they had both cut their teeth in the music scene. In Jeff Zeigler, known for his work with Kurt Vile and The War On Drugs, they found the perfect counterpoint of production to create their beat-driven psych/art pop record. The two members played all of the instruments on the record except for a few key contributions from Zeigler. Their kinetic vibes are evident throughout the record, which moves through a menagerie of sonic landscapes and grooves, with Attia and Corey's voices guiding the whole experience. The lyrics are equal parts personal and cosmic, lending the album nuanced and complex textures, which mingle perfectly with that of the music beneath.

Within a few months of completing the record, Corey moved back to Philly, and Strange Parts has now become a 3-piece live setup, and they've played with artists such as Chris Cohen and Adia Victoria. They are a band that represents and supports diversity, and are cultivating that in their work. In the political and cultural climate that currently exists in America and the world, Strange Parts want to create a safe space in their community and in their shows.
The Vernes
The Vernes
Phl basement pop
Venue Information:
Upstairs at Kung Fu Necktie
1248 N. Front St
Philadelphia, PA, 19122

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