John the Conqueror
When a Mississippi blues man walks into a big city bar and has a drink, starts on a downward spiral of sex and drugs to the soundtrack of Nirvana, Black Keys and Queens of the Stone Age, John the Conqueror is born. Effortlessly fusing early blues lyrical styles, pentatonic mastery and the riff heavy sensibility of the early 70's, John the Conqueror is an old soul in a new world while being a fresh breath in a room of stagnant air. Singer/guitarist Pierre Moore and drummer Michael Gardner have been playing the blues together since their early days in the backwoods of Mississippi. After a few years in Atlanta, they managed to find their way to Philadelphia, met up with bassist Ryan Lynn and took their roots and rocked them. Since their emergence on the Philadelphia scene earlier this year, they've managed to rack up an impressive number of shows, record two free EP's (the most recent released in late August 2011), and share their own unique take on the blues by combining it with their relished rock genres.
A power duo from Charleston WV, Farnsworth is a rock outfit that is solid and to the point. Comprised of drummer Jason and guitarist/vocalist Chris, Farnsworth got together a little over a year ago and are in the process of releasing their self titled EP. Although initially a trio, Farnsworth cut down to a two piece and are creating such a thick sound that most search for a bassist on stage to no avail. Raised "riding the needle in the groove" of classic albums to the likes of Free, Lee Michaels, Deep Purple, Grand Funk Railroad, and Blue Cheer; the boys feel that an upbringing in the classics is the basis for sanity in the auto-tuned-hit single world in which we unfortunately live in. Passionate guitar playing with memorable riffs and extended solo's during live performances are not uncommon while the rhythm section fails to fault, always cemented into the groove. Vocally and lyrically the voice of the band is belting and soulful; an honest representation of the every mans blues: love, heartache, and desire. Heavy riffs that will make you sneer,vocals that hits you in the chest, and percussion that solidifies the groove while always leaving you breathless. Never compromising, never disappointing and always a great groove to be had, Farnsworth is a sure bet.