Formed in 2016, High Reeper is made up of Zach Thomas, Justin Di Pinto, Pat Daly, Shane Trimble, and Tyler Yoder. Originally started as just a studio band, it rapidly became apparent that these songs were meant to be heard live and loud. The band made their debut in the Philly metal scene in early 2017 with success which was followed up by the recording of their self-titled debut in May. With a sound deeply rooted in modern doom metal while still giving a nod to the earliest Sabbath records, High Reeper’s first offering is driven by pounding rhythms, thick guitars and soaring, screeching vocals. Relentless touring of Europe and the US has helped the band focus their sound in a more powerful direction, driven towards a live audience. The result is a blend of classic heavy metal with riffs that are even heavier than before.
DIRTY DEALER – EP Release (10:00 PM)
Formed in 2022, Dirty Dealer brings sleazy 70’s rock ‘n’ roll tunes back to the forefront. Featuring members of Heavy Temple, Serpent Throne and Narcos Family Band, this 4-piece Philly based collective injects scumbag riffs back into the current rock landscape.
Their debut EP “Freaked Up” will take you on an unforgettable riff filled trip, transporting you back to a more familiar time of psychedelic debauchery and pure rock ‘n’ roll freedom.
FLATWAVES (9:00 PM)
Flatwaves is a 4-piece garagegaze band based in Philadelphia. Forming back in 2018, they hung together even when the world stopped, and came out of the pandemic with a debut LP.
Haunting, dreamy and dissonant, Flatwaves have developed a wall of sound that is equal parts shoegaze, garage rock, weird Americana, dark psychedelia, and hazy doomgaze. Their music is a nod to David Lynch-ian dreamscapes with reverb-drenched guitars, driving bass lines, heavy half-time breakdowns, and cavernous vocals that fade into the abyss.
This is music that aims for disorientation, just skirting the collective unconscious, and will make you feel like you woke up in a desert motel with no idea how you got there.