Mark Thousands, Josh Alvarez
Sat, September 8, 2012
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
First Unitarian Side Chapel
2125 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19103click here for link
Richie Birkenhead is best known for being the front man for the bands Underdog and Into Another, as well as the guitarist for Youth Of Today. He left an indelible mark on the hardcore scene and created something magical with his band Into Another. After the disbanding of Into Another, Richie continued his work as a song writer and now performs as a soloist, performing beautifully well written acoustic songs that are vulnerable and personal.
Mark Thousands started his musical journey playing in local hardcore bands in the state of Delaware where he was born. In 1999 he joined one of the biggest New York hardcore bands of the 90's called Comin Correct. They released a full length record on Triple Crown records called “IN Memory Of” and toured the East Coast as well as Europe. In Europe the band played club shows in front of hundreds of people and festival shows in front of thousands. The band played with such acts as Earth Crisis, Hatebreed and Bad Brains and Agnostic Front. After being part of the band for three years Mark decided to leave the group and explore new avenues musically.
? In 2010 Mark joined The Casting Out (ex Boy Sets Fire) and did a month long tour in the states and spent a month touring in Europe and left the band shortly after the European tour.
Mark is also a member of The Eddie Leeway Show with Eddie Leeway the original vocalist for Leeway.. The band performs all Leeway songs but are soon to start a whole new project. ??
Currently, Mark is a solo performer playing softer more personal songs in the vein of Elliott Smith, Nick Drake, Rufus Wainwright, and Ron Sexsmith. Mark has currently released his debut CD "With Love And Light Always" produced by Richie Birkenhead of the band Into Another and Ian Love of Rival Schools.
The songs from his latest effort are melodic/intimate songs accompanied with lyrics reminiscent of great poets like Edgar Allen Poe and Robert Frost. There is a sweet juxtaposition of light and dark in his melodies and lyrics that pierce through to the heart of those who are in attunement. He is a heavily tattooed soft spoken gentleman whose passion is songwriting.
Josh Alvarez has contributed to the Philadelphia music scene steadily over the past decade. His talents have been showcased in varied and diverse acts over the years, from epic post rock to 90's alterna-worship to riffy hardcore. He brings to the intimate setting of the side chapel his latest incarnation, simple singer / songwriter ballads and odes. Although sonically removed from his recent, more aggressive endeavors, the same thread of heart and passion can still be found here in each note and strum. Drawing from an eclectic stable of influences, Josh plays songs about the things that he loves and hates in honest and direct tones.