Sun Feb 16 2020
7:00 PM (Doors 6:00 PM)
$19.99 - $120.00
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Kickstand Productions Presents
Whether it be backseat post-coital promises between young lovers, the aftershocks of a parent’s addiction on a child, or a proclamation to celebrate life before death, these moments echo with the sincerity of a chat among best friends in the music of Grayscale. The Philadelphia quintet—Collin Walsh [vocals], Dallas Molster [guitar, vocals], Andrew Kyne [guitar], Nick Ventimiglia [bass], and Nick Veno [drums]—align nostalgic confessions, nineties alternative homage, and 21st century playlist-busting ambition on their second full-length, Nella Vita [Fearless Records]. These twelve tracks urge pensive pondering, rock catharsis, and danceable elation all at once.
The group quietly inched towards crystallizing this style since their 2011 formation. Along the way, they went from Philly stalwarts to a critically acclaimed contender on 2017’s full-length debut Adornment. As “Atlantic” clocked over 4.3 million Spotify streams and “Forever Yours” eclipsed 3.5 million, “Let It Rain” and “Beautiful Things” also leapt past the one million-mark with the total stream tally exceeding 11 million by 2019. The group logged thousands of miles on the road alongside everyone from State Champs to Real Friends to The Maine in addition to The Vans Warped Tour. Critical acclaim also came from Alternative Press, Rock Sound, Idobi, and more. Under a heavy influence of everything from nineties alt rock to funk and modern pop as well as rotating through modern hip-hop, they recorded Nella Vita in Austin, TX alongside producer MACHINE [Lamb of God, Armor For Sleep, Four Year Strong, As It Is]. Tracks such as “Painkiller Weather” and “In Violet” detail the ups and downs of love, sex, teenage nostalgia, addiction, pain, joy, grief, death, and everything in between, urging tears, dancing, bliss, and even hope. — Rick Florino, May 2019
Hot Mulligan formed during September of 2013. Since then, they have recorded and released an EP entitled "Fenton" and a second entitled "Honest & Cunning."
WSTR had a swift rise as part of the burgeoning U.K. pop-punk scene that saw them signed to independent American label No Sleep Records before they'd even played their first show. Hailing from Liverpool, the band, made up of Sammy Clifford on vocals, Alex Tobijanski on bass, and Kieren Alderand Danny Swift on guitar, cited American groups like blink-182, Sum 41, and New Found Glory as major influences. In September 2015 they released their first EP, SKRWD, via No Sleep, and embarked on a tour of both the U.K. and Europe alongside fellow punks Creeper, Moose Blood, and Neck Deep. WSTR received some criticism for their similarity to the Wrexham band and tourmates Neck Deep, but frontman Sammy Clifford dismissed parallels as a result of their friendship. In 2016 the band released the first single from their debut record. Lyrically, "Lonely Smiles" deals with a breakup, and Clifford confessed that the theme was the major preoccupation of the album. Red, Green or Inbetween was released in January 2017.
Grayscale, Hot Mulligan, WSTR, Lurk
Sun Feb 16 2020 7:00 PM
(Doors 6:00 PM)