Area mu­si­cal tal­ent takes DIY path

Philly’s DIY scene an avalanche of lo­cal mu­si­cal tal­ent

The Review - - FRONT PAGE - By Brian Binga­man bbinga­[email protected]­tu­ry­ @bri­an­binga­man on Twit­ter

Hun­dreds of mu­si­cians and song­writ­ers in this area aren’t wait­ing around for a record la­bel of any size, or for some man­ager, to pay at­ten­tion to them.

Not only are they us­ing their own means — and the sup­port of their friends, fam­ily and fol­low­ers — to make record­ings of their orig­i­nal songs avail­able to the pub­lic, but they are also cre­at­ing their own loosely-con­nected lo­cal live mu­sic scene.

Read­ily avail­able tech­no­log­i­cal re­sources, in­clud­ing so­cial me­dia and stream­ing mu­sic plat­forms, are open­ing up op­por­tu­ni­ties to DIY — Do It Your­self. The con­cept it­self is not a new one, but there are a stag­ger­ing num­ber of tal­ented DIY artists and bands ac­tive in the Philadel­phia area worth pay­ing at­ten­tion to. Here’s just a small thumb­nail sketch.

A Day With­out Love

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Artist’s stand­out songs: “Good for Me,” “It’s Been a Long, Long Time.”

Where to fol­low: www. face­­with­out­love­mu­sic, https://aday­with­out­­camp. com. Mu­sic Up­com­ing on Spo­tify?: lo­cal Yes. shows: “Third Eye Thurs­day” show for ages 18+ at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at The Mu­sic Ward, 5101 Grays Ave., Philadel­phia. Cover is $7; BYOB. Also on the bill are Cris Mead­ows, Peanut Brit­tle and Emily Thick­in­son.

A Day With­out Love is also part of a show at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 with Clus­ter Flies, Bar­tees & The Strange Fruit and SamRye­bread at The Grape Room, 105 Grape St., Manayunk.

Artist’s hot take on the DIY scene: True DIY shows are house con­certs, or are held at a space that is non­profit, he said. “A lot of them are (or­ga­nized) by col­lege kids (and held) in some­body’s par­ents’ base­ment,” Walker said, adding that pure DIY shows are so on-the-down­low that you’ll prob­a­bly have to send a Di­rect Mes­sage on so­cial me­dia to get the ad­dress. From his ex­pe­ri­ence, a lot of the in­for­ma­tion on Red­dit about DIY venues is likely to be out of date.

Hot sounds in the DIY scene: Pop-punk, twee pop, mall punk.

The Clas­sic Hunt

The ex­per­i­men­tal in­die rock stylings of this five­piece band “dis­solve the line be­tween the states of anx­ious iso­la­tion and ec­static con­gre­ga­tion” and are rem­i­nis­cent of Philly band The War on Drugs. Clas­sic Hunt mem­ber, song­writer and Manayunk res­i­dent Tyler Hay­duk said The Grape Room and Daw­son Street Pub are good places to see lo­cal mu­sic. “This area’s got a pretty cool lit­tle scene of mu­si­cians,” he said. Artist’s stand­out songs: “Star Vul­tures.” Where to fol­low: www. the­clas­, @The­Clas­sicHunt on Twit­ter, @ the­clas­sichunt on In­sta­gram, www.face­ the­clas­sichunt. Mu­sic on Spo­tify?: Yes. Up­com­ing shows: 8 p.m. Jan 12 at The Grape Room, 105 Grape St., Manayunk. Also on the bill are Justin Kerecz, El Dwellers, Tiny Vices and JK Lago. Artist’s hot take on the DIY scene: Check out www. the­hookjour­ A pop­u­lar venue is a cof­fee shop and gallery called The Phar­macy in South Philly. Hay­duk says he doesn’t do a lot of pro­mo­tion on so­cial me­dia for his band, and prefers a word of mouth ap­proach by telling peo­ple about The Clas­sic Hunt at shows that he at­tends for fun as a sup­porter of lo­cal mu­sic.

Hot sound in the DIY scene: Hay­duk said: “There was a wave of folk-Amer­i­cana bands a few years ago, and that seems to be ta­per­ing off more re­cently. Not sure what the next thing will be. There will al­ways be a punk scene in Philly, although they are a pretty tightly sealed group. There’s also a lot of hiphop tal­ent that can’t be over­looked and a de­cent amount of jam bands. Right now I can’t name one style of mu­sic that is most pop­u­lar, and I think that is an in­di­ca­tor of a healthy, di­verse com­mu­nity.”

Fa­vorite fel­low Philly DIY artists: Em­mett Drued­ing, Dead­fel­low, Ali Awan, Thom Mc­Carthy.

Rasan in the Hey­day

The band gets its name from South Philly singer, song­writer and acous­tic rhythm gui­tarist Rasan Allbrit­ton. He formed the band from net­work­ing while play­ing three open mic. nights a week. Rasan in the Hey­day are usu­ally play­ing a show some­where ev­ery other week, he said. They even once per­formed live mu­sic for a sketch com­edy show at Chi­na­town’s Good Good Com­edy The­ater.

Artist’s stand­out songs: “I Just Don’t Know.”

Where to fol­low: www. face­­hey­day, https://rasaninthe­hey­­ Mu­sic on Spo­tify?: Yes. Up­com­ing shows: 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at The Phar­macy, 1300 S. 18th St., Philadel­phia.

Artist’s hot take on the DIY scene: “I just started lik­ing all the re­gional (DIY) pages on Face­book. We help each other out with equip­ment ques­tions,” Allbrit­ton said.

Hot sound in the DIY scene: “It’s mostly in­die rock, but ev­ery genre is well rep­re­sented,” he said.

Fa­vorite fel­low Philly DIY artists: Se­cret Nud­ist Friends, Bern and the Bas­tards, Broke Body, Trash Boy, Fal­li­ble Be­ing.

j solomon

Hail­ing from Philly’s Pow­el­ton Vil­lage neigh­bor­hood, Jesse Solomon spe­cial­izes in gen­tle, con­tem­po­rary singer/song­writer med­i­ta­tions. “My fa­vorite venue in Philly is the Philadel­phia Folk­song So­ci­ety in Roxborough. It is a beau­ti­ful at­mos­phere with great peo­ple run­ning it, but my fa­vorite part is their shows are for all ages (they don’t have a bar on site) so there’s no has­sle get­ting my un­der 18 fans through the doors,” he said in a Face­book mes­sage.

Artist’s stand­out songs: “Hazel Eyes,” “Noc­turne.”

Where to fol­low: www. jsolomon­mu­, @ Mu­sicByJSolomon on Twit­ter and In­sta­gram, www.face­ mu­sicbyjsolomon, “mu­sic by j solomon” on YouTube. Mu­sic on Spo­tify?: Yes. Up­com­ing shows: To Be An­nounced.

Artist’s hot take on the DIY scene: “My def­i­ni­tion of DIY is when an artist works by them­selves or with a small team (usu­ally com­prised of friends who want to work in the in­dus­try) to build their own con­nec­tions and op­por­tu­ni­ties for them­selves — es­sen­tially cre­at­ing their own lit­tle artist com­mu­nity in­stead of in­ject­ing them­selves into an al­ready ex­ist­ing one. Around my area, there are a lot of house shows around the Univer­sity City area at venues like The Root Cel­lar,” Solomon said.

“For bands get­ting the word out, hon­estly the best way is word of mouth. Nowa­days, with so many dif­fer­ent so­cial me­dia plat­forms that bands are ex­pected to be ac­tive on, you can post and post, but there’s noth­ing that guar­an­tees that any­one is gonna ac­tu­ally look at your post or ac­tu­ally take the time to read the info. in it. I’ve played a lot of shows where peo­ple get in touch with me af­ter­wards, say­ing they would have come if they knew about it — show­ing they hadn’t seen my mul­ti­ple posts about it in the days and weeks be­fore. I’d rec­om­mend get­ting ac­tive in the Philly mu­sic Face­book groups such as DIY Philly!, Philly Mu­sic Scene, Philadel­phia DIY Col­lab­o­ra­tive, etc.”

Hot sound in the DIY scene: Punk and rock.

Fa­vorite fel­low Philly DIY artists: Dream Daze, Black Horse Mo­tel “and the many, many great bands com­ing out of the Univer­sity City area.”


Philly area DIY singer and song­writer Jesse Gim­bel and band. Gim­bel will be play­ing a show Feb. 2 at Con­nie’s Ric Rac, 1132 S. Ninth St., Philadel­phia.


Lo­cal band Rasan in the Hey­day.


Lo­cal band Rasan in the Hey­day.


DIY singer/song­writer j solomon

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