Amanda X self-released their bedroom-cozy EP, Ruin the Moment, in 2012 to great acclaim, 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, and they succeed in their revealing, spot-on honesty.
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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