Tonight at Kung Fu Necktie, Vintage Kicks will be dishing out “the darker side of surf.” The local four-piece continue their assault on all things traditional with admirable, genre-bending skill. Somewhere treading on the blurred lines of post-punk and new wave, their heavy use of reverb and upbeat chords make for a distinct sound well worth the listen. Feeding off the buzzworthy vibes provided by their debut full-length King Geek, the group plans to release its follow-up some time this summer via Kat Kat Records. Headlining the evening will be fellow surf brothers in arms The Chelsea Kills, who will be riding the wave from their sophomore release Pulp Culture, which was produced by Joe Reinhart (Headroom Studios). Also on the bill will be Philly alt rockers Welter and Seattle/Brooklyn's The The The Thunder. Come. Dance. Thrash. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 9pm, $8, 21+ (Photo by Josh Mayer) - Ed Newton
It’s my final Tuesday Tune-Out at PhilaMOCA, and I’m not lying when I say that I’m surely going to get banged up tonight so come join me! We have great rockin’ lineup with up-and-coming local acts Vintage Kicks and Cousin Brian (and I’m hoping that they’re ready to party down with me). I also chose to screen one of my favorite documentaries, Don Letts’ Punk: Attitude. The film along with getting a chance to share local acts that I dig are the main reasons why I wanted to do a music and movie-themed event like Tuesday Tune-Out. I’ve had a great time getting to know the artists, attendees, and nice, dedicated folks at PhilaMOCA. I hope that they’ve had a good time too. Just a heads up to our readers that we’ll be back at the multipurpose space on Friday, October 26 for The Deli Philly’s Halloweeniversary Partay! Yes, we had such a great time last year at PhilaMOCA throwing our Halloween Partay, and since our anniversary falls in the same month, we decided to combine them and throw a serious rager. We’ll have more deets for you soon, but we already have some great acts confirmed that we are really looking forward to sharing with you. Until then, we hope that you can join us for our last hurrah this month, and make sure to bring some cab money because we don’t want anyone to be able to walk or drive home this evening. Cheers! PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $5, All Ages - Q.D. Tran
Phonographic Arts will be helping Kung Fu Necktie celebrate its 4-year anniversary tonight! Headlining the evening are post/pop-punkers Vintage Kicks. The local five-piece has been bringing audiences to a frenzy with razor-sharp guitars and the impassioned vocals of lead singer Alex Marlys. The band is a Deli fave, and will also be the featured artist at PhilaMOCA on September 25 for our final Tuesday Tune-Out. They’ll be sharing this evening’s celebratory bill with fellow Philly rockers The Chelsea Kills, Alabama’s Daikaiju, and South Jersey’s The Flyswatters. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $7, 21+ - Alexis V.
The Vintage Kicks’ name conjures up cheerful, gritty, throwback jams, but ever since the release of their debut King Geek, it’s a name that only describes part of their repertoire. They’ve honed their talent for making “all over the place” work for them: At their core, the Kicks play garage-inflected pop punk that sounds like it’s being played on a storm-cloudy day. Razor-sharp guitars do battle with icy synths, and Alex Marlys’ ragged holler takes their trappings even further into more agitated territory. They’re equally handy at all ends of the pop/surf/post-punk spectrum, and have an unwavering commitment to geek-rock homage, as on April’s release Math + Science. They recently share with us a new track, “Bad News Broski,” a perfect storm of snotty-earnest lyrics and rollicking, dark surf-punk riffs, not to mention an errant Reservoir Dogs quote thrown in for good measure. They’re joined at Underground Arts tonight by Temple King, Boston garage rock darlings The Fagettes, and charmingly-named Atlanta oddballs The Clap. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill, 8pm, $6, 21+ (Photo by Chris Hartline) - Alyssa Greenberg
Vintage Kicks just released a new track called “Bad News Bronski” that they recorded and mixed themselves. “The song is about the band’s ideology and how artistic or intellectual pursuit can damage relationships.” They’ll be performing this Friday at The Level Room with The Dead Milkmen’s Joe Jack Talcum.
Below is a live performance video by Vintage Kicks of “King Geek,” the title track from their debut full-length album. It was filmed on March 27, 2012 at Silk City by BITBY. Vintage Kicks will be performing next in Philly this Saturday at MilkBoy Philly. (Photo by Mark Walter III)
Local area rockers Vintage Kicks pay tribute to the late, great Adam “MCA” Yauch by recording a cover of “I Don’t Know” from Hello Nasty. They’ve also pieced together a music video (below) to honor the beloved artist. “MCA was and will continue to be a huge inspiration to Vintage Kicks, both musically and politically.”
Below is a new music video from Vintage Kicks for their new single “Even Out.” It’s their first release since their debut album King Geek (September 2011). The video was shot by Chris Eld Hartline and Joe Romano, who also edited the footage. You can download the single HERE and catch Vintage Kicks next in Philly this Saturday at Kung Fu Necktie when they perform at an early all ages show presented by Rock to the Future.