Born out of the Kensington neighborhood of North Philadelphia, where you can’t throw a rock without hitting a great band, Amanda X is the three-piece antidote to bumming on grey days and the Sundaynight blues. The Philadelphian women-Cat Park on guitar, Tiff Yoon on drums, and Kat Bean on bass-make music to remind you that colorful riffs and lilting oo’s are meant to complement post-punk shredding and astute songwriting. In support of their forthcoming Siltbreeze LP Amnesia, the band is hitting the road this summer and offering up a second glimpse of their debut that you can hear below. Check for updated tour dates and their previous single “Guatemala” as well!
Amanda X self-released their bedroom-cozy EP, Ruin the Moment, in 2012, taking the sunny-serious vibes with them to venues all over Philadelphia, as well as on a number of tours up and down the East Coast and Canada. Their penchant for playful stage banter, garagey guitar earworms, and dual harmonies that hit just as hard live, made them a a perfect opener for the likes of Parquet Courts, Marnie Stern, Dum Dum Girls, FIDLAR, and more.
After catching wind of their dedicated show schedule and powerful new songs, Philadelphia’s own Siltbreeze picked up their first album. The release of the upcoming debut sees the trio taking a new approach in their songwriting-stronger, faster, harder-hitting, but not without the lovely melodies and honey-tinged singalongs they’ve built their sound on. Amanda X’s lyrics are about everything from travel to friendships to fear.
Imagine if Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks took a few lessons from The Raincoats, or if the K Records lineup of yesteryear had a little more distortion in their repertoire. Amanda X manages to deliver smarts and sweets in poppy songs so tightly packed that they come with a punch so strong they are really, really hard to forget.
07/26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Philly Record Exchange
08/01 – Philadelphia, PA @ Golden Tea House
08/08 – Brooklyn, NY @ Death By Audio
08/09 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
08/12 – Columbus, OH @ Ace Of Cups
08/13 – Tulsa, OK @ Soundpony
08/14 – Albuquerque, NM @ Burt’s Tiki Lounge
08/15 – Tucson, AZ @ The Congress
08/16 – San Diego, CA @ Kensington Club
08/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
08/19 – San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
08/20 – Oakland, CA @ Night Light
08/22 – Portland, OR @ The Know
08/23 – Vancouver, BC @ The Electric Owl
08/24 – Seattle, WA @ Rendezvous
08/25 – Spokane, WA @ TBA
08/28 – Minneapolis, MN @ TBA
08/29 – Chicago, IL @ TBA
08/30 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Girls Rock Benefit
09/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts ^
10/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer #
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