Philadelphia’s American Speedway played host to an eclectic and thunderous tour package last weekend with a lineup that included renowned bands Halo of Snakes, She Rides, and Argonauts for an enthralled crowd at Philadelphia’s Kung Fu Necktie venue.
American Speedway are currently supporting their latest full-length A Bigger Boat, which was released in early 2011 via Prophase Music as the followup to their debut LP Ship Of Fools, which dominated Sirius punk radio in the late 2000s and garnered the band much attention in the underground scene. American Speedway have continued to hone their sonic attack of speedy rock anthems supporting such mainstays at The Bronx, Valient Thorr, and The Supersuckers, to name just a few.
Supporting acts for this bill feature members of more prominent bands that you can shake a stick at, in fact, you could hardly call these bands “support.” Argonauts, who feature drummer Dave Witte (Municipal Waste, Burnt by The Sun, Human Remains, Discordance Axis, Birds of Prey, etc), Chris Alfano (East of the Wall), John Adubato (Burnt By The Sun) and Brett Bamburger (The Post Man Syndrome), have been garnering a slew of attention as they continue to build a steady fan base with numerous regional tour dates. Although the band has kept their recorded efforts under lock and key thus far, buzz is quickly growing around this all-star lineup. We recently caught up drummer Dave Witte for an in-depth interview, so be sure to check that out if you missed it.
She Rides, featuring George Radford (Dropdead, Sin of Angels) along with Berklee School of Music grad William Kalalas, provide an alcohol fueled sleazy punk rock jamboree that was more than enough to rise the temperature on the floor. The band is currently working on a forthcoming LP set for a 2012 release. Harvcore Records recording artist Halo Of Snakes are no band to sleep on either. Combining elements of traditional hardcore with blues and stoner-rock, this local act drew the attention of the full house and got the show off to a proper start for what was a fantastic evening of music.
We know you are here for the pictures, so without further ado..
All pictures by Dante Torreri of Useless Rebel Imaging
Words by Joshua T. Cohen