Out in support of their third and best LP to date, Popular Mechanics, Philadelphia eclectic indie rock outfit The Districts are set to return to town for the third time in just as many years to headline Mercy Lounge tonight, Dec. 3. Joining them are two local faves, retro pop outfit Harpooner and buzzy indie and folk-tinged outfit Sun Seeker, for one solid show from top to bottom. Tickets are still available here, and we encourage you to snag your spot while they last! Read on for more about this must-see show.
Formed in 2009, Philadelphia’s The Districts have grown from promising indie rock newcomers to staples of the scene, honing their impressive, genre-bending sound and amassing ever-growing buzz across three full-lengths. The young group were still in high school in small town central PA when they first came together, soon self-releasing a string of EPs and their debut full-length, Telephone, all the while forging their presence in concert and attracting attention throughout the blogosphere. By sophomore effort A Flourish and a Spoil, the band had inked a deal with taste-making indie label Fat Possum, and were beginning to make make high-profile festival appearances and land national tours, all the while perfecting their fusion of indie, garage rock, shoegaze, and beyond. And while Flourish helped put them on the map, The Districts have one-upped themselves with their latest, this year’s Popular Mechanics, helmed by producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Kurt Vile) and record in LA. Their most ambitious and expansive effort to date, the band’s latest displays a broader, more nuanced emotional range a musical adventurousness, and would have been seriously huge had it come out during the indie rock boom of last decade. An energetic and engaging live force, The Districts are a band best experienced live, so come check out the new stuff and don’t miss their latest stop in Music City.
Hailing from Bloomington, Indiana, but based in Nashville for several years, eclectic, psych-tinged, retro pop trio Harpooner have long been a site favorite. The band only released their debut full-length, Rose Park, last year, but have a been a formidable presence in the local scene for much longer, adopting self-proclaimed “1970’s pop” sound which features a lush, baroque, layered vibe, psych flourishes, and midwestern flair. Since Rose Park, the band have grown from promising local up and comers to a group attracting well-deserved national press, and with such a unique and hypnotic style, we have no doubt that they’re destined to resonate on a much wider scale. If this band have somehow slipped by you, this is a perfect chance to get acquainted.
While Harpooner might compliment some of The Districts’ pop and indie rock sensibilities, fellow locals Sun Seeker find a sound more akin to their garage rock and occasional folk flourishes, making each band on the bill wonderfully distinct. 2017 has been a breakout year for the group, who released their debut EP, Biddeford, through Third Man, and have been subject to mounting national buzz thanks to its strength and the label’s pedigree. Conjuring vast sonic palettes and earnest, unrivaled songwriting, Sun Seeker quickly became a staple of the local scene, and are clearly on track to do the same on a broader level. Be sure to show up early!
The Districts, Harpooner, and Sun Seeker will perform tonight, Dec. 3 at Mercy Lounge. The show is 18+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $15.