Sun · March 4, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

FRIGS is a Toronto-based four-piece made up of Bria, Duncan, Lucas, and Edan. The band pairs the raw, emotional grunge of PJ Harvey with the immersive, psychedelic post-punk of early Sonic Youth. With each member bringing a unique set of influences, FRIGS creates a sound that is hard to pin down and an impression that’s unshakable.

Record Label: Arts & Crafts
Affiliation: Heretical Objects Co-Operative
Heatmap is proof that post-post-punk’s not dead. And Pulses, the band’s debut EP, out November 17, is proof of that old post-punk axiom: You can take three middle-class kids out of the suburbs, but you can't take the unearned suburban angst out of three middle-class kids.

Drummer Phil Sutton and guitarist Michael Friedrich, childhood friends from Long Island, were founding members of the forgotten Frenchkiss Records band Rahim. Bassist Eric Freda and Sutton, who met in college, later played together in the forgotten Philadelphia band Wigwams.

A decade surlier since Rahim’s final release—and now a Philadelphia fixture and homeowner—Sutton recruited Freda at a show and reunited with Friedrich by email to form Heatmap. “Repetition makes a life,” Friedrich sings in the EP’s opening track, “Erase,” and maybe it’s true.

Pillaging the minor vinyl of the Touch & Go and Dischord catalogues, Heatmap pieces together a fresh vision of stark melody and economy. Each song is a meditation on a simple theme. “Kind of a retro feel to it,” wrote Sutton’s mom, Pastor Ann, in a recent email message. “A long way since the days of grunge!” The middle school music teacher for both Friedrich and Sutton, Pastor Ann should know.

The trio documented the outcome of their first six months together in a weekend recording session with Philadelphia producer Jeff Zeigler. Friedrich came from New York and slept on Sutton’s sticky leather couch for the first time in years. “The idea,” says Sutton, “was to make circular songs with caveman beats you can feel. Not too many changes. Not too many cymbals.” From the vantage of post-young adulthood, Heatmap is confident in the power of repetition—in music as in life.

Pulses will be available November 17 digitally and on limited edition cassette from Dimension Arts.
Venue Information:
Kung Fu Necktie Upstairs
1248 N. Front St
Philadelphia, PA, 19122