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Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band

The Deli Philly’s Year End Poll - Top Performers: Chris Forsyth

Walls are artificial boundaries that in some aspects contain and provide structure by limiting the possibilities of a piece of music, forcing a focus. And in most cases, this focus is welcomed. However, Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel successfully topple over the traditional mold, revealing a wide-open terrain. The abundance of space enables the group, led by Forsyth’s exemplary guitar work, to explore freely. Through this stretching process, the overall sound can better evolve over the course of a song, album or live set. Rather than rushing past an intriguing musical side street, they can get into the thick of it. While most songs provide a singular snapshot of a moment, Forsyth and crew dig deeper. An expertly honed psych atmosphere is the cornerstone of an organic yet consciously controlled sound. So, instead of merely offering a momentary glimpse, Forsyth & The Solar Motel allot the necessary time to orchestrate vivid songs that transport the listener from one place to another, mapping out the journey. This venture provides solace by comfortably erasing the expectations of knowing were you’re going and how you’re getting there. Simply letting you sit back and embrace the scenery, which is why you find Chris Forsyth in the very respectable third place position in our Year End Philly Best Emerging Artists Poll 2013. - Michael Colavita

Free Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band Record Release Show at The Rotunda Nov. 15

Chris Forsyth will be celebrating the release of his new LP Solar Motel with a free performance of the record in its entirety tonight at The Rotunda. He’ll be joined by the Solar Motel Band consisting of guitarist Paul Sukeena, bassist Peter Kerlin, and drummer Steven Urgo with keyboardist Shawn Edward Hansen, who was originally part of the studio band. They’ll also be accompanied by live video production throughout the piece from Maria Dumlao. Opening the evening with a rare Philly appearance will be Chicago’s Mind Over Mirror, the solo project of Forsyth’s Peeesseye bandmate Jaime Fennelly. All this is made possible with a grant from the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Composers Forum so take advantage of this wonderful freebie. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St., 8pm, FREE, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman

Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band Live Set Available for Streaming

After paying homage to the Grateful Dead in a recent interview with the City Paper, it's not surprising that Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band have been sharing the recordings of their live performances during the band's residency at Ortlieb's this month. Check out the jams from their set last week (6/13/13) streaming below, or just swing on by their show tomorrow night with local alien shredder Nick Millevoi opening for them. Special thanks to Sebastian Petsu for sharing the recordings. (Photo by Constance Mensh)

Update: You can also download the entire set, but you have to do it one song at a time.

Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band Residency Continues w/Support From Tin Horses & Mikele Edwards at Ortlieb’s June 13

Oh man - it’s dark, and it looks like a hard rain’s gonna fall all day. But for those who refuse to stay trapped in your place, head on over to Ortlieb’s tonight to catch the continuation of Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band’s residency. Forsyth’s new backing band is made up of guitarist Paul Sukeena (Spacin’), drummer Steven Urgo (ex-War on Drugs) and bassist Peter Kerlin, and they provide a wonderful backdrop for his masterful guitar work. This evening, they’ll be bringing along Tin Horses, the bluesy psych rock project from Purling Hiss bassist Kiel Everett that travels along the dusty trail of American music history, and Arc In Round’s Mikele Edwards will be laying down some entrancingly haunting, ambient soundscapes. The combination of the supporting acts should be quite fitting for Forsyth’s self-described “cosmic Americana” tunes. Take shelter with them from the storm - it’ll be a great way to ride it out! Ortlieb’s Lounge, 847 N. 3rd St., 9pm, $6, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman 


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