Category Archives: Morelings
Been a while since I plugged my favorite local band, The Morelings, who have have produced a promotional video to accompany “Too Far” from their “No Sign” EP. Singer/bassist Kedra Caroline frolics on the beach in the shimmering clip:
The band’s next live gig is scheduled for later this week:
Friday 4 December 2015
The Morelings + Bondage & Discipline + Mock Suns
847 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
9:00 PM | 21+ | $10
Philadelphia dreamgaze group The Morelings recently premiered a music video for “Less”, the lead track from their debut EP, “No Sign.” The arty, layered monochromatic production was directed by Bob Sweeney and features singer/bassist Kedra Caroline.
Fans in the Big Apple can catch The Morelings at two upcoming shows:
Thu 14 May 2015
140 Wilson Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Wed 24 June 2015
152 Ludlow Street, New York, NY 10002
Yesterday, Philadelphia dream pop trio The Morelings unveiled their debut EP, “No Sign.” The three-track digital release is available to download via Bandcamp:
The band is promoting the EP with a release party tomorrow night:
Saturday 10 January 2014
The Morelings + Nearest + The Silence Kit
Bourbon & Branch
705 N 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
8:00 PM | $7 advance | $10 door
The Morelings are now ready to put their sound on wax (or, in this age, a hard drive). To help defray studio costs, the band launched a Kickstarter campaign earlier this month. There are only seven days remaining in the appeal, and the modest goal has yet to be met—please consider making a contribution this week, for which you can receive a digital copy of the EP and various premium gifts, depending on your level of support:
More good news: The Morelings just booked another live date—Monday 27 October at Milkboy Philly, supporting Be Forest and The Silence Kit. Ten bucks, show starts at 8:00 PM.
Finally, the band now has a Twitter feed.
Last Wednesday, The Morelings made their second live appearance, performing at The Grape Room in Philadelphia’s trendy Manyunk neighborhood. Despite the mid-week booking on a lovely summer evening, a decent sized crowd gathered at the modest venue off Main Street.
Inspired by post punk and shoegaze, The Morelings’ sound is atmospheric and solemn, evoking the works of classic 4AD bands like Cocteau Twins and Lush, but without being imitative. Vocalist and bassist Kedra Caroline and guitarist Matt William were accompanied by hired drummer Chris Cotter at The Grape Room; the trio’s set started just after 9:00 PM.
From the opener, “Only”, the first thing that immediately struck me was that this seems like a band that’s been together for a while, not a fledgling group playing their second show. The Grape Room can hardly be described as acoustically ideal; however, The Morelings sounded balanced, and large for a three-piece. Textured guitar and pulsing bass were complimented by raw, almost tribal drumming. And with her glowing appearance and ethereal vocals, Kedra is a mesmerizing frontwoman.
There was a consistency and cohesiveness to the eight song set of original material, suggesting that it could be an album played live. Throughout the evening, the group sounded tight and together—again, not at all like newcomers. My one gripe was with the low mixing of vocals, which made it difficult to discern lyrics.
The Morelings are a band with refined talent and great promise. They plan to be in a studio sometime this fall, so we can look forward to recordings in the near future. Stay tuned for further updates here and on social media:
A few months back, we introduced you to Philadelphia based indie band The Morelings. They made their live debut last week, but unfortunately, I was unable to attend the performance. Thankfully, the group has two more live dates scheduled this month:
Wednesday 13 August 2014
The Morelings + Blood Sound
The Grape Room – 105 Grape Street, Philadelphia, PA 19127
Show starts 9:00 PM | $5 cover
Wednesday 27 August 2014
The Morelings + The Stammer + Hidden Lights
The Fire – 412 W Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Show starts 8:30 PM | $7 cover
In addition to being musically gifted, Kedra and Matt are damn good lookin’ people and nice as pie. So if you’re in the Philly area, drop by and show some support for these guys. Mrs. Shelf and I will be at The Grape Room tonight.
By the way, The Morelings are in search of a drummer—if you happen to be (or know) a local drummer and are interested, message the band through Facebook for more info.
> Kedra Caroline: vocals, bass, and keyboards
> Matthew William: guitar
Taking a break from the dancefloor… here’s a plug for an indie rock band fronted by one of Mrs. Shelf’s co-workers.
Formed in July 2013, Philadelphia, PA-based The Morelings create hypnotic soundscapes built on repetitive sonic swells, droning bass lines, haunting melodies, and driving rhythms. Those favorably disposed toward the sounds on I Was A Teenage Shoegazer will appreciate The Morelings.