Seefeel ~ The Veldt ~ Valley Exit


The Veldt, Valley Exit

Ages 21+
Dave Kiss Presents: Seefeel, The Veldt and Valley Exit at Johnny Brenda's


In the heady days of the early 1990s, a wave of intrepid young bands made some unexpected connections between their post-punk approach to music, the exultant electronic reverberations from the early days of Acid House and the sonic sculptures crafted by classic producers like Phil Spector. As these sounds coalesced, Spector’s vaunted “Wall Of Sound” would be a handy touchstone for the immersive latticework of distortion and melody that would be off-handedly labeled later as “Shoegaze”.

Even amongst a quasi-movement as loosely defined and musically divergent as this, Seefeel emerged as the black sheep. Conceived by Mark Clifford and Sarah Peacock, Seefeel immediately amalgamated electronics in ways most of their peers in traditional bands would never dream of, these sounds fused deeply with guitar, drums and bass into urgent melodic waves that on early releases like Quique and Succour oscillated between hopefulness, introspection and downright menace. As Warp co-founder Steve Beckett says, “Seefeel were the first band that Warp signed who had guitars – they were brave to sign to us because they became the ‘older siblings’ in the family and took all the flak by breaking the unwritten rules of an (up until then) purely dance label. After 1995’s ‘Succour’ they stopped performing live, but we always kept in touch and then for the first Warp20 show in Paris we asked if they would play.”

The Veldt

Raleigh, North Carolina natives Daniel Chavis (vocals, guitars) and Danny Chavis (guitars), identical twin brothers, have always been the foundation of the Veldt. Joined later by Martin Levi (drums) and Hayato Nakao (bass, programming), the quartet's mix of styles was not always warmly received, but Capitol signed them, and an album was recorded with Cocteau Twins' Robin Guthrie as producer, that has sadly not been released. But the band continued to develop recording albums for Polygram and Mercury that showcased their soul-powered shoegaze style. With dream-pop at its core, the Veldt dish out a steady combination of driving riffs and battering drums as the Chavis twins are proud to cite the likes of Echo and the Bunnymen AND Public Enemy among their inspirations.

In turn, the Veldt stood out in the North Carolina music scene where they started. In no way did they resemble any of the indie-rock acts, such as Superchunk and Archers of Loaf, who thrived in Chapel Hill OR any of that scene's predecessors such as the dB's and Let's Active. That the Veldt had one of their songs remixed by the Jesus and Mary Chain and Diamond D -- pioneers in their respective fields of noise-pop and rugged hip-hop -- explain much about their natural yet categorically evasive approach

Valley Exit

Jeff Zeigler is a Philadelphia-based musician, engineer and producer, who, in addition to playing in a synthesizer and harp duo with harpist Mary Lattimore and electronics duo with Dash Lewis (Gardener) plays solo on a mixture of electronics, treated melodica, marxophone and percussion.

Equal parts hypnotic and abrasive, he has previously shared the stage with Hans-Joakim Roedelius, Phil Niblock, Merzbow, Blanck Mass and more.

Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia , PA, 19125