|Posted by punk-nation on October 12, 2014 at 12:55 AM|
This is a bittersweet into to write. As stoked as we are to introduce you to the kickass Philly duo John & Brittany, we're equally disappointed to have to break the news that the two will no longer be making music together. With the release of Stories To Be Told this week, and their final show on the books for October 17th, the group have officially called it quits. Luckily, their self-described "nicotine rock and roll" will live on forever in their latest EP, and in the hearts of all those who appreciate rebellious, gritty music with the utmost integrity. When we spoke with John & Brittany, we chatted the EP, the release show and the Philadelphia music scene. Check it out below.
You already have a release show scheduled for the October premiere of Stories To Be Told. What should attendees expect out of the concert? Do you have anything planned yet?
We're trying to make the show a very special experience. Because the EP is called "Stories To Be Told," and each song is kind of like a short story, we're going to have a couple of documentarians going around the audience taking cell phone and flip cam videos and asking them to tell little stories about themselves and we're going to compile a video of everyone's "stories to be told." We also got these custom made candy hearts for our "St. Valentine" single, which will be given away along with a copy of our EP on CD and/or blue vinyl with every ticket sold. We always want each show to be more than just the performance.
What was the biggest lesson you learned while working on the EP?
That's a tough one. It was a fairly contentious atmosphere in the studio, but the takeaway was to give every idea a chance, because some of the craziest thoughts ended up being some of the coolest moments on the EP. Prime example is the outro of the song "Hank The Hound Dog." We wanted it to exemplify the main characters "descent into madness" so we had all kinds of cacophonous sounds, especially a completely atonal piano part.
What are the greatest contrasts between Stories To Be Told and your debut full length, Start Sinning?
Where "Start Sinning" was the starting point of us really discovering our sound, the new EP is a development of that sound. The full length was deliberately primitive, and I think we became much more comfortable with adding new sonic elements for "Stories" while still keeping it raw sounding.
The Philadelphia music scene is one of the boldest in the nation. How has its influence impacted you as a musician?
It's impacted us tremendously. Not only the music history in the city, dating back to some of the earliest rock 'n roll records, but we feel like we are a part of a very tightknit and diverse music community. Not many of the bands in Philadelphia are doing quite what we do, yet we've been accepted and been given so much support. The scene is not dictated by a specific sound but by the spirit of the musicians that happen to be inhabiting Philly at this point in time. It's a very good time to be a musician here.
Tell us about your fondest music memory.
Fondest music memory would definitely have to be our experience volunteering for Musicians On Call, which is a nonprofit organization that brings live music to the bedsides of seriously ill patients in hospitals all over the country. Many of these patients are terminal. We had the opportunity to perform for so many people whose spirit in the face of adversity was so inspiring. The title track of the EP comes from this experience.
What’s next for your career?
Absolutely no idea. We've never been "five-year plan" people. We'll just have to see.