Former members of the Philadelphia-based band, Turning Violet Violet, came together to make New Enemies. Exploring themes of life, coming of age, and loss, they marry synths, washed-out guitars, and a driving rhythm section. Led by vocalist/songwriter Sarah Gulish, New Enemies plays earnest songs with catchy melodies and drifting guitar lines. Their 2016 was hailed as a beautiful new beginning for the band of friends. Journalist Julie Miller reviewed the songs as “majestic in a somber, soft way, billowing up in a cloud of horns as Sarah Gulish’s vocals float in layers over top. The chamber rock of TVV’s songs still ripples underneath, but as New Enemies, they’ve added a shiny gloss of atmospheric pop that ties it all together in a Death Cab-meets-CHVRCHES kind of way.” In Spring 2022, N.E. is back with a self-titled E.P. and a string of east coast shows.
Mildred is the project of Philly musicians Salina Kuo, Maggy Simon, Hannah Jordan, Natalia Bellini, and Melissa Schepers. Named after the street some members lived on together, Mildred was born in an effort to play music and feel connected. They combine guitar, bass, drums, and sometimes ukulele and mandolin with overlapping violin melodies that blend western classical, pop and folk. Mildred is looking forward to their debut EP release in spring of 2022.