On the Water was founded by Fletcher VanVliet in 2008 as an oddball folk collective, gradually evolving into something heavier, darker and weirder. Using folk, rock and symphonic instruments, overdriven amps, noise and four part harmonies to create a dense mix of heavy psychedelic epics and rowdy country-punk ballads. The band has been touring across the country in support of it’s most recent EP Superposition available now at weareonthewater.com, and on Spotify and iTunes.
cranes are flying formed in Jersey City in 2008. After undergoing line-up changes and a relocation to West Philly, the project has morphed into an outlet for the music of songwriter/multi-instrumentalist brothers Robin and Lucas Carine. Anchored by bassist George Cosgrove, the trio makes punk-adjacent indie rock that is at times athletic and aggressive, and at times dark and broody.
Their latest EP, Code Switching, was released in Aug 2017. The title was inspired by the Carines’ leap into co-fronting the outfit. But, lyircally, deals with code switching as miscommunication or misdirection. It’s about the ways in which people try and sometimes fail to communicate in relationships – or succeed in concealing their true intentions – by changing their vocabulary to fit the conversation.
Longtime proponents of the Philly music scene’s DIY ethos, Code Switching was produced, engineered, and mixed by the band themselves.