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Posers announce break up

 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s punks Posers have announced they are calling it a day. In a Twitter post, they simply said “It’s be a fun ride but we are parting ways! We will have a video for y’all in a couple weeks as a parting gift. Thanks for all the love!<3”

The band released “Posers, Too” back in 2016.



Show Review: Protex, Paul Collins, Wyldlife, Crazy and the Brains, Posers @ Voltage Lounge 3.11.17

The Voltage Lounge is one of my favorite venues in Philadelphia, simply because they’re known for having top-notch shows. I have wonderful (but fleeting) memories of seeing bands like Leftover Crack and The Virus, both of which I count on my list of some of my favorite shows I’ve ever attended. So naturally I was pretty psyched when I heard about this event featuring a lineup that’s, dare I say, perfect.

I’ll never get tired of seeing Posers play shows. The Philly band has an attitude on stage that is truly addictive to watch. Singer Jade Anna appears to be deeply distressed, peering off into the distance as she delivers a mighty vocal performance. But just as often, she can be seen in the audience, microphone in clenched fists, shouting and writhing on the ground. Meanwhile, guitarist Rory Cain, bassist Johnny Mick, and drummer Collin Russert are keeping everything under control with an impressive confidence and sense of urgency as they power through a mixed set list of old, recent, and not-yet-released tracks. One of these new tracks, apparently called “I Think Therefore I Am A Mess,” is an aggressive attack from start to finish, featuring some pretty hostile screaming from Anna and frantic guitar and bass work. Whatever direction this band is going in, I like it. I’m in for the ride.

Next up was Crazy and the Brains. This band knows how to get a crowd moving, dancing, jumping: who cares. They also have a xylophone player and he performs with such gusto that it’s something that everyone should see. One of the most enjoyable tracks to hear live was “Good Boy” which was quickly followed by “Brain Freeze.” Singer Christoph Urban rocked his signature gold chain along with a pair of suspenders that he only wore half-way, his energetic movements causing them to slip. Jeffrey Rubin is prone to breaking sticks for his xylophone and glockenspiel, so he can be seen throwing them erratically into the audience.

Wyldlife was absolutely phenomenal. The band takes influence from garage rock, indie rock, power pop, and punk to make for a sound that is almost guaranteed to get you bouncing around. They also ooze a classic New York coolness, all clad in leather jackets, some in polka dot shirts, and hair all in disarray. Frontman Dave Feldman crashes around the stage in a way that makes me imagine a scenario where Pete Doherty starts a punk band (which would be great). Their energy is all fun and games, often playful. Tracks like “Saturday Night” and “First Time’s the Worst” had the crowd bouncing against each other like mad atoms. Drummer Stevie Dios is manic in his playing and full of aggression, but he’s also graceful in his speed- I haven’t seen a drummer play so well in a long time. I can’t wait for Wyldlife to come back to Philly. They play an unforgettable show.

Next up was Paul Collins, best known for his work with The Nerves, The Beat, and The Breakaways. This was just him with his guitar, and that was all he needed. Each track seamlessly flowed into the next. “Stand Back” was one of the most fun tracks of the night, delivering a healthy dose of power pop that had crowd members rocking into each other all the way through to one of the last tracks, “Don’t.” Finishing off with “Walking,” everyone at the front of the stage was singing along wholeheartedly as Collins sang back at them with an equal amount of energy. His solo tour is something you should check out if he’s coming to a town near you.

Finally, Protex took the stage, the Northern Ireland band’s first time playing in Philadelphia in over 30 years. The 1st wave punk band is easy to love, and their performance is just as catchy. This second generation of Protex managed to bang through thirteen songs in quick time and they’re no spring chickens – they know these songs like they were born to. “Strange Obsessions” was an absolute blast to hear live and sent most of the crowd into frenzy. Aidan Murtagh is an absolutely wonderful frontman and has great energy on stage, not once faltering in his vocal delivery throughout.

This was such a great mix of old and new in the world of power pop punk brought together in one fantastic night. To all the bands that played, I thank you.



Show Review: The Posers @ Kung Fu Necktie – 9.18.16

It had felt like eons since I had seen the Posers live.

I had missed the chaos. The passion. There really is no other punk band in Philly with the same sense of action and purpose. Without much of an introduction, they broke straight into “Exist,” the first track on their new EP, Posers Too. It was almost as though this driving and determined record had come alive, shedding itself clean and making its own appearance front and center at this show. While the studio recording of this track is breathtaking, its even more pronounced in a live setting.

Posers were eerily silent throughout the set. I remember previous shows where the band had been fairly chatty, cracking jokes or vaguely introducing the next song. But this time, they seemed dedicated to powering through the set at warped speed. This didn’t mean that the show was any less engaging. “Copping In Camden” was the next song on the list, and this included frontwoman Jade Anna splayed on the floor, screeching and thrashing through chorus after chorus, with crowd members bowing before her, excited and fascinated and wanting to be ever closer to her performance. “Better Future” came next, which allowed guitarist Rory Cain to shine and let loose a bit. It became clear that the band felt a little tense coming back to the live scene, but after the first few tracks of their set, they were essentially back to their normal, albeit outlandish, behavior.

“Day//Night” was one of the most exciting new songs to hear live. A highlight was getting to see Anna picked up by the crowd, and practically marched around through the small venue space. She appeared calm throughout the experience and didn’t miss a beat of any of her vocal cues. Everything went according to plan. It’s not unusual for the Posers to get up close and personal with the crowd and their fanbase, often trying to cross the line and see how far they can take it. I was happy to hear “Nothing” smack dab in the middle of the set, due to the fact that it’s a natural crowd-pleaser and one of the band’s most beloved songs. It was a nice flow and transition between the old and new, and proved a point that while the Posers are still a relatively new band, their sound has evolved into something that is truly unique to them, and them only. I missed watching bassist Johnny Mick assault the microphone with his vocals, his eyes popping and landing on every face in the crowd.

I believe that “Mannequin” and “Posers” are meant to be played side-by-side. I was thrilled to hear the two played in this order, as I’ve always considered the two tracks to be long lost cousins in the musical catalog that is the Posers. Both songs have their lulled moments, but they are also risky and temperamental. I had the chance to speak with Cain a few moments before they took the stage, and he informed me that the band would be unleashing a new song during the set. I was surprised, and equally as impressed. Hearing “More Than This” was a rush, and it brought me back to the feeling I had when I heard the Posers for the first time. While the band has had a habit of gaining and losing drummers (think Spinal Tap), their latest addition is easily their best. Collin Russert performed as an absolute madman during “More Than This” and his control is top notch. There were drum fills I witnessed that made my head spin, and I don’t want that feeling to ever go away. I gotta see it live again.

My favorite performance of the night was “Protest Song,” not only because it’s my favorite song off of Posers Too, but because I had a good feeling about where the band would take it in a live setting. I wasn’t disappointed. This track was just as energetic and frightening in this live setting as it was in the studio recording. I’ve been blown away by the Posers before, but nothing quite like this. Anna covered every inch of floor space, taking up as much room as she possibly could and allowed the crowd to move in and out of her way as they pleased. Some people may have been nervous, as Anna wasn’t afraid to get into anyone’s face, but I was enamored.

They finally closed out the set with “I Don’t Wanna Know” which felt like the last hurrah to an explosive and volatile experience. One thing I’ve always admired about seeing the Posers live is their ability to turn a show into a full blown living and breathing participation. The crowd is just as important as the band itself. Whether you are standing in the back of the room apprehensive, or if you’re front and center and screaming along, this band is going to make you feel like a part of the show. The beauty of this sort of thing is that you don’t forget it. Maybe you don’t remember the sequence of the setlist. Maybe you can’t recall every word in every chorus. But that’s okay. You’re not going to forget the taste this band left in your mouth, or the way they locked eyes with you in the crowd and triple dog dared you to bush the envelope like them. But that’s the beauty of it. That’s the Posers. It’s okay if you don’t fit in. They don’t either.



Album Review: Posers – ‘Posers Too’

From the first note, Posers Too is something really special. “Exist” is a twisting and twirling whirlwind of sound, complete with dual vocals from lead vocalist Jade Anna and bassist Johnny Mick. The guitar work in this track is screeching, and then meets a lull during verses, slowly picking back up into each chorus. Finally, the end of the song resembles a carnival, with a big finish absorbing the chaos. Anna’s vocals shine here, riding a line between desperate and absolutely controlled.

“(Just Another) Protest Song” could very well be the Posers best song written thus far. It’s the perfect blend of pure punk rock and unashamed power-pop. When I first heard this song I listened to it five times on repeat before moving on to the next track. It’s loud and makes no apologies. It’s screaming in your face and laughing about it, dancing in circles and pointing at you like a joke told too many times.

Vocally, each line is delivered with an edge and some spit. The bridge in this track is probably similar to hearing Jesus. An open letter to the Posers: please, make a music video for this song. Make it the single. You’ll thank me later.

Track three, “Day//Night,” begs for a mosh pit in a live setting. This song is like a particularly odd acid trip gone wrong (or right, whichever you prefer), which only lets up when the chorus comes back to bite you. It follows a breakdown that progressively gets more and more intense, finishing up with some gang screaming and a big finish from the drums.

This is another track that has some venom with a bit of mischievous laughter. The Posers are a serious band, but I get the feeling that this EP was meant to poke fun at the listener. I feel like I’m being laughed at, but I’m enjoying the fuck out of it.

I didn’t know what to think of “Mannequin” when I first listened to it. It’s certainly the riskiest song Posers have thrown at us so far. It crawls through each verse, with Anna’s vocals playing a more subtle, gentle role – something we haven’t seen since “Posers” on their first EP. This is where we can hear her classical vocal training, something that shows it’s colors rarely, but when heard, it’s a treat.

Each verse of this song makes me very nervous, like something terrible is going to happen – there’s a desperation here, like a train is destined to hit you and you jump out of the way just in time. This is where the chorus comes into play. It’s rambunctious and feels more like a party with some grit, a strange change of pace from the verses. I can’t help but feel like this is another track that is begging for confrontation. Begging for an argument, a fight, or public humiliation.

“I Don’t Wanna Know” is an absolutely perfect ending to this tiny packed EP. Rory Cain’s guitar work is top notch and emits a gigantic party vibe. The solo is beautifully constructed, and then brings back the chorus at a slow boil. Next it builds back up, finally launching into the last shout from Anna.

Overall, Posers Too scares me. This EP is a frantic, primitive scream against the listener. It’s challenging you to look at yourself and pick out all the worst parts of who you are. This is a band that continues to crawl upwards, out of the mold itself and into your life. Posers are here. They have something important to say. It’s time for you to start fucking listening.



Philly’s Posers drop new EP – full stream

The long awaited follow up to the Posers debut EP has finally been released last night. I asked the band for a quote on their thoughts about this latest installment, and they told me they wanted it to speak for itself. On the other hand, here at DS we can’t shut up about it. The record is jarring and intricate. Noisey and clean. Malicious, sometimes primitive, and risky.

Listen to Posers Too in full after the cut.



Posers in studio recording new EP

Photo courtesy of George Abruzzo Media

Philadelphia’s Posers are back in the studio working on some new tunes. The band is expected to release the songs in the form of a new EP this summer through Enthrall Records.

Posers released their self-titled debut EP last year.  You can stream the entire EP on Bandcamp.



DS Staff Picks – Catherine Dempsey’s Top 10 Albums of 2015

I’m Catherine Dempsey and I’m one of the many features writers here at the good ol’ Dying Scene. You may have seen my list of Philly Bands You Need To Hear, my rants about Green Day, or you may have sent me hate mail for sharing my opinion (I’m looking at you, JungleJim4322).

If you must know, I enjoy the occasional cheesesteak, long walks through the cemetery, and pretending to be a professional publicist at all times. Regardless of our futuristic, virtual relationship together, you and I can safely agree on one thing: there were plenty of sick albums released this year. I found it hard to get this list down to ten. It took a lot of sitting and staring at the wall, contemplating what needed to be cut, which is why this is being submitted late as hell (sorry, Dave).

Here at DS, we love to look back on the records that made us laugh, cry, scream, and thrash. Whether you sat in your room alone, or danced to it live, we’re gonna talk about it. I would also like to point out that this list is in no particular order. Each record here is equally as important as the last. I look forward to your hate mail. My inbox is always open and I am always down to fight on the Internet. It’s great cardio.

You can read more below.



Take This Bird And Shove It 2015 festival announced

Hostile City Class War Productions just announced Take This Bird and Shove It, a sweet three-day festival smack dab in the middle of Thanksgiving weekend at The Voltage Lounge. The event will be full of some of the best punk, oi, and hardcore acts Philadelphia has to offer, including The Unseen, Defiance, Murphy’s Law, and Blanks 77 with local support from the Posers, Combat Crisis, Legion 76, The Heels, and a laundry list of other impressive acts you don’t want to miss.

The festival starts November 25th, takes a day off for Thanksgiving Day, and continues November 27th and 28th. Fans can purchase 2-day and 3-day passes here and here, respectively, or pay cash only at Sit & Spin Records in South Philly.

For more information about Take This Bird And Shove It, you can check out the Facebook event page here.



Posers (female fronted punk rock) release music video for “Nothing”

Following the release of their debut self-titled EP, The Posers have premiered their first music video for “Nothing”.

The video was filmed at Philadelphia’s famous Graffiti Pier, featuring the band performing with fury as images of violent riots and wild animals flash throughout. The Posers are aggressive and manic as they deliver punches with their raw, powerful hooks and dueling vocals between front-woman Jade Baisa and singer-bassist Johnny Mick.

You can check out “Nothing” below and stream the entire EP on bandcamp.



5 Philly Punk Bands You Need To Hear

Photo courtesy of Arun Sundar

It’s no surprise that Philadelphia is churning out some impressive punk bands. The city is home to popular alt-fests like This Is Hardcore and Philly Punx Picnic, both of which continue to grow and thrive every year. Not to mention, the city of brotherly love has its roots firmly planted in radical history, from the Revolutionary War to the tragic Operation: M.O.V.E. bombing in 1985.

Reminders of the city’s history can be found everywhere in its monuments and street names, but the subversive attitude in its citizens is still very much alive in the many punk bands who call Philly home.

It is because of all of this that I bring to you the five Philly bands you need to hear right now. Let freedom rock. Check out the full story below.