The Chairman Dances is a bookish indie rock band from Philadelphia. Their EP, Samantha Says (Grizzly Records) was released the summer of 2015 and earned the group a devoted following, prompting favorable comparisons to the Decemberists, Belle and Sebastian, and the Smiths. Alternative radio station WXPN championed the record, calling The Chairman Dances “luminaries,” and bestowing on them the title “indie rock literati.”
Following on the heels of that EP is the full length Time Without Measure, out August 26 via Black Rd Records. Time Without Measure was produced by Daniel Smith (Danielson), the producer and songwriter who helped launch Sufjan Stevens’ career. It’s fitting that Smith should be involved: like Stevens, The Chairman Dances explore history and biography, faith and doubt, in unexpected and meaningful ways. What sets Time Without Measure apart — and what makes the album so relevant in 2016 — is its political nature. The album depicts the lives of 10 (mostly) activists who demanded progress and, in return, were demonized by the powers that be.
The result is an impressive collage — a musically rich record that speaks of and to a turbulent era. An era that is fascinating and brilliant and downright terrifying. The Chairman Dances has its finger on the pulse of the nation. Time Without Measure is our soundtrack.
Joe started writing a bunch of songs. He asked Scott to play drums on them. Scott said "okay." Then nothing happened for probably a year and a half, but they sure talked about it a whole bunch. Then Joe and Scott finally got their act together and asked Kerry and John to be in the band, too. Kerry and John also said "okay." The four of them started writing songs together in December 2012 and continue to do so to this day.
Joe used to be in Makeout Party and The Beatles. Scott used to be in Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start, Decathlete, and The Beatles. John used to be in Up Up Down Down and The Beatles, and is currently in It's a King Thing. Kerry used to be in Futureman, The Not Fur Longs, and The Beatles.
Everyone lives in or close to Philadelphia, PA.
Having recently graduated, Ben Hughes, Ryan Buzby, and Tom Cochran found themselves transplanted into an economic depression and a sour job market. Determined not to let a few bad bankers give them the blues, the trio chose to chase their rock n’ roll dreams. Hughes articulates his desires and frustrations with society, relationships, and religion through song. Together, Hughes and Cochran join Buzby in his farmhouse studio to complete their newest self-titled album showcasing their simply accessible indie rock.
Multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Nicklas Hughes first became known as a drummer for a wide range of Philadelphia rock bands. A twist of fate in 2014 finally gave him the chance to pursue the solo project he had been working on behind the scenes.
He was able to hone his recording and producing skills that year on the independently released full-length, Miniature Galaxy. The debut home recordings combined the 80s pop influences of his youth with the songwriting and production styles of contemporaries Radiohead, Death Cab for Cutie, Washed Out, and Bear in Heaven.
In July 2016, Nicklas releases "Young Soul", the first single from his second self-produced solo record, Games, recorded at Sine Studios (Buried Beds, Sun Cinema), and due out in September on Black Rd Records.
With a bachelor's degree worth of debt and a series of unrelated day jobs to pay it back, Ben Hughes is a poster boy for the bursted-bubble millennial generation. He sings about being part of a downtrodden blue-collar work force, helping loved ones through hard times, and clinging desperately to his musician dreams which ebb to the margins of his days.
Now, with Ryan Buzby & Tad Lecuyer, Night Windows has grown from its solo-bedroom-project origins into an Indie Rock band that frequently draws comparisons to early Weezer, The Get Up Kids, The Shins, The Replacements & Built to Spill.
Pilkington is a rock and roll band from Philadelphia. The band’s first single, “All Around the Neighborhood”, freshly released to rave reviews in January 2017, is a perfect window into the band’s sound; good friends sharing years of thrills, playlists, long days of work, and longer nights in the city, then turning the times into songs.
Pilkington is set to release a series of new singles in the coming months and will be touring aggressively in support of them.
Philadelphia indie rock group Spelling Reform continues to evolve on their new LP "No One’s Ever Changed." Building off their 2015 debut EP "Diving Bell," the band delivers more of their eclectic, distinctive sound – a mix of snarling pop rock and power pop, somber sing-alongs and melodic guitar solos. The tunes are anchored by singer/songwriter Dan Wisniewski’s feverous lyrics and urgent vocals, which have drawn comparisons to The Mountain Goats, Dan Bejar, the Silver Jews, and Woody Allen (for real).
After years of songwriting and arranging, Wisniewski, bassist Tom Howley, guitarist Andrew Ciampa and drummer Mark Rybaltowski recorded the 14 songs on "No One’s Ever Changed" in a single, donut-fueled weekend in March 2016 in Philadelphia with Hop Along guitarist Joe Reinhart (Modern Baseball, Hurry).