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Friday, March 14 • 12:00am - 12:30am
Phonograph

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PHONOGRAPH Matthew Welsh – Vox, guitar, keys John Davis – Bass, mono synth Dave Burnett – Percussion Abe Seiferth – Guitar Phil Sterk- Staff Still a relative newcomer to the oft-fickle NYC/Brooklyn music scene, Phonograph formed in 2005, playing small clubs up and down the eastern seaboard. In February 2007, the band released their debut, self-titled album to massive critical acclaim. David Dye, in a review for his World Cafe program, wrote, "Phonograph's debut sounds surprisingly assured for a new band. Balancing synths and pedal-steel with a twangy, roots-pop sensibility, the disc impresses with both the depth or its song-writing and the impeccable musicianship that backs it up." Beginning as singer Matthew Welsh's solo effort with the help of Pere Ubu's Tony Maimone, the group's current line-up began taking shape when a then-studio engineer, John Davis, befriended Welsh. Davis in turn introduced a pair of friends, guitarist Abe Seiferth and drummer Dave Burnett, to the fold. Soon after, multi-instrumentalist Phil Sterk rounded out the line-up. Welsh points out, "Even though we're known more for an alt-country aesthetic, we experiment with a variety of instruments and instrumentation. We're always going to have that element of stripped down Americana, but we want a healthy balance between interesting psychedelic sounds and good-old-wholesome-Americana. John, aside from playing bass, also plays a mono synthesizer to get all the background sounds going on stage. Abe goes through as many different combinations of pedals as he can simultaneously making most of his guitar work trick the listener into thinking its keyboards. The admiration of their peers is something Phonograph has enjoyed since their inception. Other notable fans include Mekons/Waco Brothers' Jon Langford and Wilco's John Stirratt. Now, closing in on a year since the release of the highly-regarded debut ("One finds it hard to believe this record is the band's debut; it's that good."-American Songwriter Magazine), the band has released an inspired EP, "Hiawatha Talking Machine," and is quickly building a legion of new fans and friends nationwide. Other recent success stories include nationwide commercial and non-commercial airplay from both the EP and full-length, a feature in the the New York Times, a review in Billboard Magazine's Now Hear This, a mid-west tour with Backyard Tire Fire in November 2007 and East Coast dates with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Up-coming events include a slew of shows at SXSW, a slot in the Mountain Jam Festival (Govt Mule, Sharon Jones, Drive By Truckers), Summercamp Festival (Flaming Lips and others), and Bonnaroo (Pearl Jam, Metallica, My Morning Jacket) Currently, the band is in the studio recording their second full-length LP.
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Friday March 14, 2008 12:00am - 12:30am
Light Bar 408 Congress Ave

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