Philly’s TLA recently played host to an eclectic tour package featuring Japan rock outfit Boris with special guests Young Widows and Stephen Brodsky of Cave In performing solo. Blow The Scene‘s Dante Torrieri and Jon Van Dine were both on hand to deliver an amazing double gallery special feature for your viewing pleasure!
Best known as the vocalist and guitar player of Cave In, Stephen Brodsky hit the stage and delivered a solo performance that took many by surprise. With a musical approach far removed from his work with Cave In, Brodsky recently teamed up with Little Black Cloud Records to release his first batch of solo material since 2009. Titled Hit or Mystery, the 8 song EP was released in April to critical acclaim everywhere from Noisey to BrooklynVegan. Characterized by haunting melodies, swimming ambiances and subtle quirkiness reminiscent of Animal Collective and Kurt Vile, Brodsky certainly displayed he is not squeamish when testing the waters with new approaches. Par for the course, there was a mixed reception of those that found the material to be an instant hit and were hooked from the opening notes, to those who found more mystery surrounding this champion of aggressive music and his latest solo work.
Firmly rooted in hardcore punk ethos, the ever-progressive Young Widows delivered a set of hypnotic rock that set the TLA ablaze with activity. Waves of distortion and an eclectic barrage of guitar and vocal effects set forth dense catacombs of sound that surely left a fresh batch of heads with Young Widows on their minds. The band has a number of critically acclaimed releases that can be sampled and purchased at Temporary Residence LTD.
Last and certainly not least, Japan’s experimental rockers, Boris took the stage and proceeded to fill the TLA with dense smoke and eerie lights that only enhanced its already doomy persona. Throughout the cacophony of sounds, smoke, and light, Boris make no attempt to hide the fact they have taken influences from such mainstays as Melvins (where the name ‘Boris’ originates from), Sleep, and Nick Cave, to craft something fresh and entirely their own. Boris released 3 full-length albums in 2011(New Album, Heavy Rocks, and Attention Please) to punctuate an already prolific run of material strewn across several record labels as the band reportedly gears up to release at least one more full-length in 2013.
Stephen Brodsky – Photos by Jon Van Dine
Stephen Brodsky – Photos by Dante Torrieri
Young Widows Photos by Jon Van Dine
Young Widows Photos by Dante Torrieri
Boris – Photos Jon Van Dine
Boris Photos by Dante Torrieri