Thursday, August 25
Electro-pop ridden punk-funk in a cave of crystallized wistfulness: that’s how I’d describe Philadelphia four-piece Brother’s Past, who will be hitting Soundlab next Thursday (August 25). These free-spirited fauxto-punks specialize in a punk-jam hybrid, creating a sound that falls somewhere between Bowie and Bossa Nova. Formed in 2000 by guitarist/vocalist Tom Hamilton, keyboardist Tom McKee, bassist Clay Parnell, and drummer Rick Lowenberg, Brother’s Past has released three studio albums and one EP, hitting their peak in 2005 with the critically hailed This Feeling’s Called Goodbye. Following the release of their 2005 self-affirming masterpiece, along with relentless touring in the albums wake, the band unexpectedly called it quits…temporarily. With drummer Lowenberg leaving to pursue his luck in environmental law, and tasting less than buttery success with the drummer’s replacement, the band concluded that a hiatus was their next best move. After taking off most of 2008, the band reunited for a show on New Years Eve in West Chester, Pennsylvania, selling out the venue in less time than an episode of Pepper Ann. Brother’s Past has since resumed touring, but yet to release a follow-up to the acclaimed This Feeling’s Called Goodbye. Funk-rockers Pia Mater open the show. —brett perla
9pm. Soundlab, 110 Pearl St. (440-5907 / bigorbitgallery.org/soundlab). $13. 18+.