FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Philadelphia Bassist Phil D’Agostino Celebrates the Release of “Blind Subscribers,” a Psychedelic Rock Exploration on Life in the USA, 2018
“Blind Subscribers” record release party is at The Locks on Main Street, Manayunk on Friday December 14, with Honeywatts opening the show.
PHILADELPHIA, USA - Now that the election is over and the holidays are upon us, it’s time to celebrate with songs about psychological conditioning, ideological loyalty, religious mind control, political manipulation, gross consumerism, inability to communicate, failed education systems, class warfare, income inequality, our daily march toward inevitable impending death, post-apocalyptic scenarios, addiction, and resilient systems of spiritual suppression with a record release party for a new indie project written and produced by one of Philadelphia’s most celebrated bass players.
With a full-time touring gig as the bassist for Get the Led Out and two young sons at home, Philadelphia musician, producer, and bassist Philip D’Agostino wrote Blind Subscribers in the spaces between places, collecting musical ideas and lyrical snippets, shifting and re-arranging notes and phrases in the back of his mind until they snapped into place and settled into songs, barely writing anything down until he was ready to record.
The record that emerged is unlike anything D’Agostino has done before. It’s the sound of a master instrumentalist and seasoned sideman stepping up to the microphone to share observations mined from the spaces between life as a road dog and a family man, between the soaring high of playing rock and roll to thousands of screaming fans and quiet moments on the bus, watching city after city slide by the window.
Blind Subscribers is vibrant meditation on being plugged in to the world around us and each other and the disconnected at the same time, a concept record full of unexpected musical detours and winding paths that showcase D’Agostino’s broad range of tastes and musical expertise. Also, you can dance to it.
The first single is Soaked in Green, a catchy burst of indie-rock noir that sets us up for Williamsburg Loft Party, a plucky sing-along that brightly slices into said scene:
All around this goddamn town these trust fund kids get dressed up like folk singers when they graduate college … credit cards to buy me indie credibility.
Coal Country Blues chugs us along into new terrain where fuzzy guitar riffs roar until they dissolve into screeching feedback as D’Agostino sings, I’ll be sad when it’s over.
These songs have been steeped in enough space and time to feel both fresh and sturdy, like a new house giving in to gravity. It’s a record built to last about things that aren’t.
In addition to D'Agostino on vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, banjo, saw, etc., “Blind Subscribers” features longtime collaborators Brad Hinton on lap steel and backing vocals, Matt Scarano on drums, and angelic background vocals from the Philly based group Dirty Dollhouse. (Chelsea Mitchell, Amber Twait and Vanessa Winters) Songs also include featured appearances by Jimmy Marchiano(Get the Led Out, Black Eyed Susan), Singer/Songwriter Ben Arnold, David Streim(Amos Lee, Slowey and the Boats), Carl Bahner,(Cheerleader) David Fishkin (West Philadelphia Orchestra, Johnny Showcase), and Koof Umoren(West Philadelphia Orchestra).
Listen to Blind Subscribers on Bandcamp: https://blindsubscribers.bandcamp.com.
D’Agostino is available for interviews and commiseration over the state of the country and music industry.