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The Mary Veils

Weekend Warrior, August 31 - September 2

Back in October, The Mary Veils’s Slacker Paint was our Record of the Month – chock full of fuzz-inflected, garage grit and a loose, contagious, surf-psych approach that hums along at a comfortable clip, until it’s time to turn up the heat. One sinks into the humid slacker saturation, absorbing the perpetual buzz. However, just when things appear to normalize, it shifts into overdrive. Nothing appears quite as it seems, because once one commits, the marker is moved. That threshold, between laying into it or letting those frenzied riff-charged explosions take the reins, embraces the calm and the storm. Tonight, at Boot & Saddle, The Mary Veils will be opening for the slick, space-navigating ,psych-pop of former Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner, Nematode, and the mysterious undercurrent that lies in the breezy, melodic adventures of Long Spells. – Michael Colavita

More places to hang this Labor Day weekend…

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Long Spells, Nematode, The Mary Veils, SAT Madalean Gauze

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI/SAT/SUN YallaPunk Festival & Conference

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SAT Matthew Law, DJ AMH, SUN FLOTE, iunnowho, Josh Hey, Small Professor

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI CKY

The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) SUN Dirty South Joe

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SAT DJ Diamond Kuts

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) The Wonder Junkies, SUN Prince + Questlove: Under The Cherry Moon (Video Premiere/DJ Set)

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Moonwalker (Album Release), Twentythreenineteen

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI The Elysiums, Magnificent Birds of Prey, The Stone Eye

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Bryant Eugene Vazquez, Broke Body, Smellco, SAT Honeytiger, Secret Nudist Friends/Stop Not Playin' DJ's

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Oldermost, SAT Vilebred, The Parameters, The Tisburys

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Rich Medina, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Brendan Bring ‘Em

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Tyler Fantini, SUN Rusty Cadillac 

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI DJ Mighty Mike Sag, Elijvh Vrms

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) FRI DJ Beatstreet

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Craig Dash, SAT Ed Christof, SUN Honeygasm

Century (1350 S. 29th St.) FRI Eterue, Cage Flight, Aphid Daughters, SAT The Spirit World, Deluxedo, Jaxy & the Three 57s

The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Fuzz King, Cosmic Lottery, Rabbit Heart, SAT Erin Incoherent, SomaRai

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Splintered Sunlight, Under The Oak

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Gringo Motel, Breaklite, SAT Midfield (EP Release), 4th QTR

Made In America (Ben Franklin Parkway) SAT Meek Mill, Armani White, Orion Sun, Louis Futon, SUN Petal, Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, Zahsosaa

The Deli Philly’s October Record of the Month: Slacker Paint – The Mary Veils

The surf-psych brilliance of The Mary Veils is an answered prayer for Philly fans of Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees. Fuzzed out and awash in reverb, Slacker Paint, the debut from Brian Von Uff’s solo project, tows the line between invention and pure nostalgia, reaffirming the blueprint of garage rock’s seemingly unending revival.

Opening with the atmospheric dissonance of “Alter Alone,” the album’s start mimics the sensation of being transported. Whirs and humming chords engulf the listener before dissipating into licks of guitar and Von Uff’s echoed croons of “She’s fever, she’s fever.” Recounting the decay of a romance, “Alter Alone” is seductively bittersweet. “Time” reveals itself as a thematically worthy successor to The Chamber Brothers’ iconic ‘67 single, exploring the temporal limitations of mortality with an urgency that makes each harmony and crash of cymbal immediate and nearly tangible.

The ironically titled “Carefully Carefree” is a less pensive alternative to fraught apprehension of Happy Birthday’s interiority and Kurt Vile’s, at times, somber introspection. An earworm with heart, the track accurately captures the ups and downs of everyday life, without feeling trite or cliché. The LP’s title track, “Slacker Paint (Summertime Jesus),” channels  the nonchalant aggression of No Bunny and the “Beach a Go-Go” swagger of Hunx and His Punx, a pairing that results in a catchy ballad bound to make listeners reminisce about warmer days. Its buzzing riffs alone are as memorable as its seasonal namesake.

Von Uff’s diction on “Who Are You” and “Lime” brings to mind Twins and Mikal Cronin, while “Believer” and “Emily” feel like a darker rendition of King Tuff’s moodiest cuts. The brooding pulse and electric shreds of “See You Run” and “Feel the Air” are dance-ready anthems for psych and garage lovers alike. As Slacker Paint nears the homestretch with a haunting ode to the West Coast and desire, the sparseness of “Cold As A Knife,” the closest Von Uff gets to acoustic, highlights his strength as a lyricist and storyteller.

With “Good Night,” the album shifts back to full throttle, each drumbeat and swirling riff re-energizing the audience, before giving way to the contemplative and delectably moody closer, “The Mope.” Familiar yet inventive, Slacker Paint will undoubtedly become a fall favorite that you’ll return to again and again. - Dianca London

Debut Mary Veils LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

As the summer fades into mere memory, The Mary Veils, the lo-fi, psych vehicle of Brian Von Uff, rears its gnarly head with Slacker Paint. Low-and-slow, smoke-saturated songs retain their flavor, accented by raw, surf tones. Through the haze of fuzz-laced guitar riffs, the vocals leak through, as a seemingly lackadaisical, calming presence. In the midst of those fire-under-ones-feet grooves and swells, a roaring, untamed blaze of instrumentation waits to engulf at any moment, which makes for a surprisingly most excellent debut.


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