WPRB & R5 Productions are thrilled to welcome THE VAN PELT to Kung Fu Necktie (1248 N. Front Street, Philadelphia, PA) on Sunday, June 21st, for a rare reunion performance that will be taped for broadcast. This show is 21+ and starts at 8:00PM! Also performing are Blacklist and This Frontier Needs Heroes.
Stay tuned to WPRB — we’re giving away tickets! You don’t want to miss this!
WPRB is taping this performance at Philly’s Kung Fu Necktie for broadcast (air date TBA), so we hope you can make it out and be a part of the live audience! It will be quite a night!
The Van Pelt formed in 1995 and subsequently released two albums for the Gern Blandsten label: Stealing From Our Favorite Thieves (1996) and Sultans of Sentiment (1997). These records combined the ferocity of post-hardcore with the experimental textures of Sonic Youth. The Van Pelt occupied a rare space in the New Jersey rock scene and beyond: delicate enough to be pegged with the “emo” tag, but loud and angry enough to hang with the punk rock kids. Back in the day, you’d be hard-pressed to find a moment on WPRB that didn’t include one of their songs; all these years later Chris Leo & co.’s music still deeply resonates with us.
Here’s a sweet video of The Van Pelt performing in 1997 (it’s even shot on real film):