Unwed Sailor

Unwed Sailor

Droopies, Helvetica Black

Mon, April 22, 2019

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Unwed Sailor
Unwed Sailor
With over 20 years of music under his belt, Johnathon Ford, the visionary behind Unwed Sailor,
presents a new offering in his expansive interpretation of instrumental
Throughout the band’s career, Ford has leapt in a myriad of instrumental directions, from angular
post-rock rhythms, to dreamy ambient soundscapes, to the sound of homemade instruments
playing storybook nursery rhymes. Though all these directions vary in style, all of the albums
share a certain melodic sensibility, a flavor that’s undeniably Ford’s, yet each has its own unique
place in creating the sound and vision of Unwed Sailor. 
In effect, the band’s discography feels like a collection of postcards from different times and

This, of course, includes Heavy Age, the band’s most recent full-length (and first in a decade),
whose leaden beats land heavier and bass churns harder than the band’s predecessors. 
“With Heavy Age,” Ford says, “I wanted this to feel like an Unwed Sailor live record. Like if you
came to an Unwed show, this is what you’d hear—heavy and bombastic, like grabbing someone
by the shirt.”
Still Heavy Age also contains glints and sparks of the albums that preceded it. Songs
like “Indian Paintbrush” and “ACAXAO,” for example, feature Little Wars’s wavering
momentum, it’s swarming effervescence; others like “Nova” feature The White Ox’s vast
Though nothing quite captures the aesthetic of The Marionette and the Music Box, the album
possesses a similar sense of narration, as if each track feels like a chapter in an epic story. 
In effect, Heavy Age feels like the culmination of everything that Unwed Sailor has
released—and a touchstone toward which the band has been building for years. But the only way
to understand their sound and style, to truly comprehend the breadth of their depth, is to pick up
their stack of postcards—starting with Heavy Age, the darkest and densest—and flip through
them one at a time.
Droopies are always evolving and expanding their sound while still retaining the ability to pull off the extra layers from the recordings live via looper pedal and a multiple amplifier setup. Since their most recent album, Responsible People(2017), Chris Harmon(vocals guitar) Zack Albeitawi(drums) and newest member Matt Arbiz(bass) have an entire new albums worth of forward moving songwriting and noise making. Please consider using the supplied ear plugs for safety.
Helvetica Black
Helvetica Black
Helvetica Black was formed out of a shared love of music and design. Based in Philadelphia, the band is a guitar-based duo consisting of Royce Epstein and Matt Haggett. Royce and Matt met in 2017 after Matt relocated to Philly from Portland, Oregon. Matt is a veteran of the Portland indie rock scene, where he mainly sang and played drums in several bands and worked on his graphic design career. Royce has lived in Philly for a long time, immersed in the design, art, and music scenes. She started playing music as a kid, but didn’t play electric guitar until much later in life when she founded a couple of all-girl bands in addition to writing about music and design. Together, they both play guitar and sing, where they interweave lead vocals and guitar riffs for dynamic effect.
Venue Information:
Kung Fu Necktie
1250 N Front Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19122

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