Everybody Hits is a small batting cage facility that also puts on
concerts. Nice staff, and a good turnout for such a small, out-of-the-way
place. There were four bands on the bill. R. Ring headlined. I hadn't seen them
for 2 1/2 years, so I was really looking forward to this.
Swanning, three women with a male drummer, were up first, playing
good, modern indie rock.
Joe Jack Talcum, from one of Philly’s best known punk bands, the
Dead Milkman, played a solo set of good, quirky folk/punk. If you ever wondered
what Jonathan Richman would sound like if he grew up, it’s Joe Jack.
The Chicago three-piece band Split Single was next, led by Jason
Narducy. I’d heard of him, as one of the bands he’s in is Bob Mould’s touring
band. I liked his music very much--rip roaring indie rock, very melodic. His CD
Metal Frames, is a great way to introduce yourself to his music.
R. Ring’s van had broken down, and it was a wonder they even got
to Philly. But they made it, a little after eleven, set up as quick as they
could, and played a wonderful set, featuring most of their upcoming album,
Ignite The Rest. The versions here were looser and sparer than on the album. R.
Ring, the duo of Kelley Deal and Mike Montgomery, play electric experimental
folk and stripped-down indie rock. Their drummer on this tour, Laura King from
Chapel Hill, is excellent. She played just a snare, not a full kit.
The crowd seemed into all the bands. For me, it was a very good
night out, and a show that was worth the wait. And if you like what you read
here, they’re doing some dates in Ohio, Kentucky, and live on the station WYSO on