Catskill Chill Artists Not To Miss: Brotherly Love
The city of Philadelphia has long been known for its hospitality to burgeoning music scenes, from the soul and free jazz of the ‘70s to the boom bap of the Roots in the ‘90s. More recently, the sunny locale has spawned a brand of improvisational live electronic-influenced music very near and dear to many in the Catskill Chill family. This edition of Artists Not To Miss focuses on a few Philadelphia acts who will be getting the dance floors at Camp Minglewood shaking.
Though their performance schedule has been fairly truncated in recent years, this group maintains a dedicated cult following thanks to their catchy heartfelt lyricism and deftly executed jams apt to draw equally from drum and bass, arena rock and a variety of other disparate influences. Their performance at the Chill is one of just a handful for the group this year. In addition to lending his vocals and guitar licks to Brothers Past, Tom Hamilton will also be performing with his indie-leaning group American Babies and anchoring another intriguing project billed as Tom Hamilton & Friends.
Check out a bunch of recent BP gigs HERE!
Though the band formed in Indiana back in 1999, they have since become based mainly in Philadelphia, preferring the locale for such high profile gigs as Halloween and New Year’s Eve. Originally conceived as a jamtronica project, the group has progressed to incorporating elements drawn from genres as diverse as post rock and hip hop, while maintaining a steady following drawn to progressive beats and dexterous instrumental excursions. And who could forget their take on “Killing In The Name Of” that practically indoctrinated a new standard in the jam scene.
Check out their latest album HERE!
Comprised of half the Philadelphia trance fusion progenitors the Disco Biscuits, Conspirator has evolved over the years from a side project to a full band prone to fits of electro and dubstep. A veritable Catskill Chill mainstay, the quartet has even been known to bust out four-on-the-floor versions of Grateful Dead songs, spurned by the casually noodled “China Cat Sunflower” riff Chris Michetti dropped prior to the encore on the festival’s first night in 2011.
Check out some recent tracks HERE!
Though the jury is still out on whether the band’s name is derived from the afterlife board game tournament in Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, one thing is clear – Damn Right! is one of the more intriguing groups on the cusp of a new wave of electronic musicians. Alternating between standard power trio instrumentation and a dazzling array of sequencers and samplers, the three excel at the type of dance tunes you’d be hard pressed to peg as coming from humans, all the while maintaining an organic undertone.
Check out their latest release HERE!