Crocodiles ~ MK & The Ultras ~ Civil Rats

Ages 21 and up
Friday, May 05
Doors: 7pm Show: 7:30pm

**All shows 21+—valid ID required**  
Doors: 7:00 PM  
Show: 7:30 PM  

Today, Crocodiles (Brandon Welchez and Charles Rowell) announce their highly anticipated forthcoming LP, Upside Down In Heaven (due April 7 via Lolipop Records). To introduce the record, they have shared its first single, “Degeneration,” alongside an accompanying music video, directed by Kate Clover and one half of the Crocodiles duo, Brandon Welchez.
Said Welchez of their newest track and its inspirational basis:
“The heaviness of life on a violent, dying planet can often push us towards our worst impulses. ‘Degeneration’ was written in the boiling, diseased summer of 2020 where I found myself overworked, underpaid and choking on wildfire smoke. The free time I had was spent doom-scrolling the latest covid death toll or inundating myself with news of literal fascists marching the streets. I found myself floating on a cloud of anger, fear and frustration. Rather than allow myself to fall into bad old habits or succumb to my negative emotions, I poured myself into my music. Talking about my degeneration beats actively seeking it out.”
“Degeneration” was recorded at Quiksilver Studios, St. Jean de Luz, France in September 2021. It was written by Brandon Welchez and Charles Rowell, produced by Maxime Smadja, engineered by Mako, and mixed by Mark Rains. It features Atef Aouadhi on bass and Diego Dal Bon on drums.
Stay tuned for Upside Down In Heaven, out April 7 via Lolipop Records.

MK & The Ultras

After nearly a decade on the road with Philadelphia’s Toy Soldiers, Matt Kelly formed MK & The Ultras out of his love of fuzzy 60s psych, surf, and punk rock. MK & The Ultras’ songs summon the frenetic exploding energy of The Stooges, The 13th Floor Elevators, and Ty Segall.  Their snarled urgency is reminiscent of Black Flag and Jay Reatard, while a hint of 50s swagger evokes Kelly’s stint playing guitar for The Queen of Rockabilly, Wanda Jackson.  The result is “high energy rock n roll that is enlightening, inspiring and highly psychedelic.”

Civil Rats

What do you get when you cross three rodents with a love of music, partying, and nonsense? CIVIL RATS—the latest garage pop sensation sweeping the Philadelphia underground. Coming together after a series of miseries and misfires from past musical projects, Molly, Dale, and Isaac started up in the spring of ’22 with one goal: play stupid games, win stupid prizes. Or is that two goals? Who cares! These rats are here to stay, and they’re here to slay. Civil Rats are ready to take the world by storm…without an umbrella. So watchya say? Do you know your Civil Rats?

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