The Miners headline as they drop their debut disc, Miners' Rebellion, a six song cornucopia of lilting, mournful melodies that feature the dazzling pedal steel of David Thornburgh and Jim Callan. Lead singer and songwriter Keith Marlowe's no-nonsense vignettes recall the dusty charm of Green on Red's Dan Stuart, but even more they evoke memories of the late, great Philly roots rockers The Rolling Hayseeds.
The straight ahead power pop crunch of Shark Tape, whose late period Replacements inspired "Eyes on You" is gathering heat from WXPN airplay, are second on the bill. These young bloods are promising that tonight they'll be "releasing a new single and dancing on the moon beams", but I'm hoping to hear "Red Lights", because it makes me think of Cheap Trick's In Color, and you know that is a very good thing.
Openers Superfive (get there early!) feature the hook happy songwriting of former Conrad Michael McLaughlin and bassman about town Tom Szwech - check out "Happier Days", which sounds like a lost Plimsouls classic from MTV's The Cutting Edge. Dig it!
Both Miners' Rebellion and Shark Tape's Eyes on You EP are available at Main Street Music in Manayunk. Call 'em at 215-487-7732.