Cold Fronts DRGN King
Cold Fronts DRGN King – The Shakes
Cold Fronts are a four car garage rock band from the west side of Philadelphia, PA. They’re all about the basics: guitars, vocals, drums, bass. The effects are turned off and the outcome is raw, personable, and delicious.
In less than a year the band has toured with mewithoutYou and The Gay Blades, performed sold out shows at the Mercury Lounge, and played a dozen shows at SXSW and CMJ.
You don’t just get there straight out of the blue; those haunting humming synthesizers at the beginning of “Paragraph Nights,” the melancholy piano chord changes, the emotional pull the song has on your psyche. It’s a process, you know? It comes from years of growth, experimentation, revision, looking at the scene from another angle, considering the possibilities. “Take a picture, make it last, make it different,” sings Dominic Angelella. And that’s very much the road DRGN KING has taken.
Our story opens with Angelella onstage at a North Philadelphia rock club, his hair flailing, his guitar strings rattling, his face beaming. It’s 2009 or thereabouts, and he’s performing with one of his old bands, a punky Americana group with such high energy, folks are hanging out after the show to shake his hand. A couple months later, a different venue, a different scene entirely – an eclectic hip-hop outfit, and there he is again, rocking out on guitar. Later still, Angelella’s face keeps showing up in band photos, on show flyers and venue websites. His enthusiasms run the gamut – experimental lo-fi psych, indie rock soul, arty grunge throwbacks. The question has to be asked – are you in every group in Philadelphia? He laughs, responds: No man, just a bunch of projects.
Meanwhile in South Philly, Brent “Ritz” Reynolds was holed up in a studio, making a name for himself as a young hip-hop producer. He cut tracks for The Roots, worked with Mac Miller and State Property alum Peedi Crakk. Reynolds knew his stuff and had the moxy for the hard haul of being a freelance recording guru. In early 2010 he and Angelella connected in a chance recording session, and the doors of possibility were blown open. Angelella’s songwriting would become a prototype for Reynolds to test out his lush, imaginative production skills into the rock world. Conversely, Reynolds’ studio alchemy would place Angelella’s broad-spanning tastes and musical interests under a single umbrella. You don’t have to be in a dozen different-sounding bands and call them a dozen different things. You can do it all, and call it DRGN KING.
DRGN KING debuted in a well-received warehouse show that fall. Angelella and Reynolds deemed the experiment a success, and kept it moving. Various musical collaborators were brought in, shows got played and new songs were written. Then they retreated into the studio, recorded, refined and recorded some more. Paragraph Nights comes after two years of nose-to-the-grindstone work, and its song are bursting with life, excitement, self-discovery, possibility. Listen to the pensive, introspective electronic pop of “Warriors.” It’s a nod to the community of artists and musicians in Philadelphia, and ruminates on crafting an identity through art: “People tell me I got no purpose,” Angelella sings. “They’re not wrong but it’s allright.”
the shakes are a soul punk foursome with gal/guy vocals. the shakes formed at purchase college. after graduating, they all moved to philadelphia together. 3/4 still reside in philly after their release of their first full length in 2009, they have now released their first 7 inch on shithawk records entitled: full house(come over)/no one likes my baby
they are influenced by a wide range of musicians from etta james and little richard to the sonics and thin lizzy. from all of this they have created a style all their own by combining their love of soul, rock and roll, and punk.
christina halladay -belting, whiskey bottle
sam richer-crooning, keys
pat lamothe -making stupid faces, bass guitar
and james blinstrub-drums, diva antics
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Cold Fronts DRGN King
Event Category: Live Music
When: September 5, 2013
Where: Johnny Brendas
More Info: http://www.johnnybrendas.com/