As Spazz Fest IV approaches, we continue previewing artists. On tap for today: Matt Phillips and the Philharmonic, Norwegian Arms, and Lonnie Walker.
Be sure to check the Spazz Fest IV pages for more information.
Matt Phillips & the Philharmonic (Night 1 – Tipsy Show)
A five-member outfit that revels jazz, blues and soul, the true romantic roots of southern music. It’s easy to love this band, whose love of music shines through in their performances and recordings. Since forming in Greenville, NC nearly 2 years ago, Matt Phillips and the Philharmonic have played over 300 shows. They currently have a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to record their first full-length album (help out here). It is schedule for release this summer.
“Chain of Watchtowers”
Norwegian Arms (Night 2 – Peasant’s Show)
Out of Philadelphia, Norwegian Arms is comprised of Brendan Mulvihill (aka Keith Birthday), Vandy, and Dr. Dog’s Eric Slick (Dr. Awkward) . We’ve featured several tracks from their LP Wolf Like A Stray Dog earlier this year (see here and here).
Wolf Like A Stray Dog was recorded by Mulvihill while living deep in Siberia, in the city of Tomsk. The first release, “Tired of Being Cold”, reflects Mulvihill’s frustration with the extreme cold of the Siberian winter. That image stands in stark contrast to the song’s tempo and feel, which is upbeat and ebullient. The rest of the album is full of bright, rhythmic freak folk songs that are immediately heartening and enchanting.
You can order the album on limited edition white vinyl ($17 for an edition of 300 copies), CD ($10 for an edition of 100), or cassette ($8 an edition of 100). Digital copies are on the virtual tip jar system. Go to Bandcamp for details and to stream the entire album. I love my white vinyl copy!
Norwegian Arms are part of a special set of shows at Peasant’s that require advanced donations for entry. Please read here.
Check out: Wolf Like Stray Dog
Lonnie Walker: (Day/Night 3: Christy’s)
Greenville is an old stomping ground of Raleigh-based, Lonnie Walker. Starting with Brian Corum’s early house shows, the band has steadily evolved into a full-fledged band with members Josh Bridgers (bass), Raymond Finn (drums), Justin Flythe (keyboards), and Eric Hill (guitar). The 2009 release, These Old Times, opened more than a few eyes and was compared favorably with Dylan’s early electric period. There is some truth to that observation, but Lonnie Walker’s sound is more of an extension of gritty bar bands like The Replacements and The Del Fuegos—rhythmic punks who inspire devotion and cult following.
“Back Home Inside with You”