IKE returns to throw benefit show for Brett Talley!
As many of you may know, IKE guitarist Brett Talley has been diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia. He has a long, expensive fight ahead of him. He has been an integral part of IKE, and a member of the Philly music community for many years now. In order to help Brett and his family deal with their medical expenses, we are excited to announce "Brett Fest!".. a benefit concert held on Friday August 16th at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. We have assembled an amazing line-up of artists including (but not limited to) reunion sets by IKE and Pawnshop Roses! Also performing are John & Brittany, Matt Duke, The Better Half, The Jellybricks, Susan Steen, Rodger Delany, Phil Murphy, Otho, David Melendez, Paul Wiese, Mike Mitchell, and a special closing set by the Awesome Bros., which will include Mike Leavy, Steven Lafashia, and Dave Sikorski of Jealousy Curve, Ronnie DiSilvestro, and John and Brett from IKE. Please mark your calendars for 8/16. Proceeds from the concert, as well as all IKE merchandise sales go to Brett and his family. IKE is also recording a new single to be released around the time of the benefit, and it will be available as a pay-what-you-can download, again with proceeds going to Brett. Thank you all for your support! THE PRE-SALE IS NOW OVER, BUT LIMITED TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR! THANKS TO ALL WHO HAVE SUPPORTED THE EVENT! YOU CAN STILL MAKE A NON-TICKET CONTRIBUTION USING THE LINK TO THE LEFT!
IT KEEPS EVOLVING!
Philly powerpop true believers form new DIY label and release fifth studio record!
2011 has been a career-changing year for IKE. A cornerstone of the Philly rock scene since putting out their first record in 2003, the power pop quartet, led by guitarist / songwriter John Faye (who fronted his former band The Caulfields on a major label in the mid-90's), formed their own label and music collective IT KEEPS EVOLVING at the beginning of the year. They released their label debut and 6th record overall on 11/11/11, celebrating with a rowdy hometown crowd of 550+ at the TLA.
The Little People, Church and the Steeple, features 5 new hook-laden IKE originals done in both full-on rock AND acoustic versions. The EP won "Best EP" honors in the 2012 WSTW Hometown Heroes Awards, and also received spins on WMMR and Radio 104.5 in Philadelphia.
The band, which is rounded out by lead guitarist Brett Talley (who engineered and mixed the record), bassist Susie Steen, and new drummer Jason Miraglia, is a rock juggernaut, continually out-doing themselves creatively with every release. The band has already seen three of its indie singles - "Into Philadelphia" (which is still a staple at major sporting events in town), "We Like Sugar," and "Everything You Love" - become regional hits, with the help of regular rotation spins on mainstream rock station WMMR, and there is a palpable feeling of excitement over how listeners will react new songs like "Rock n Roll Dreams," "Dead To Me," and "If I Can Help It."
With band mates Talley and Steen looking forward to first-time parenthood in 2012, IKE will keep evolving, focusing on recording, song placements, and publishing. The band will also make time for their collective projects, as both Talley (with his band BTB) and Steen (a solo artist in her own right) expect to have their own new recordings in the new year as well. As for Faye, his first year as the head of a label has been a tremendous learning experience, with both the IKE release and the debut EP from his band John & Brittany (which features co-writer / guitarist Brittany Rotondo, as well as Miraglia on drums), and he looks forward to a very busy and creative period in his career!