“Jacob’s Ladder” [Soundtrack] Features Exclusive Cuts from The Quelle Source, The Chairman Dances Bands to Play Release Show at Screening on Oct. 21 at Filmtech in South Philly
October 9, 2012 (PHILADELPHIA) – Philadelphia indie rockers The Quelle Source and The Chairman Dances will release a split single of new original music featured in the short film “Jacob’s Ladder” on Tuesday, Oct. 23, and both bands will be on hand for live sets at the film’s Philadelphia premiere at Filmtech in South Philadelphia on Sunday, Oct. 21.
“Jacob’s Ladder” [Soundtrack] opens with The Quelle Source’s “Set Sail,” a start-stop New-Pornographers-esque tune that chugs through a hesitantly jubilant sing-along chorus before spinning out into an extended coda of a patient instrumental smattered delicately with a delay-heavy dual guitar solo.
Next, The Chairman Dances’ “Jacob Wrestles the Angel” links the internal struggles of Jacob Cunningham (the film's protagonist) with the metaphoric wrestling match of Genesis 32:24. Clocking in at just three minutes, the song is equal parts exegesis and indie pop gem.
The release is rounded out with Sam Narisi’s “Ladder Theme,” a mysterious, understated electronic instrumental that’s featured prominently in the film.
All three songs will be available exclusively on the split single, to be released on Tuesday, Oct. 23, both digitally ($3) and on CD ($4).
Both bands will also play 30-minute sets before the film’s Philadelphia premiere on Oct. 21 at Filmtech in South Philadelphia.
Show attendees will receive the split single on CD for free with the purchase of an $8 ticket to the show/screening.
The short film “Jacob’s Ladder,” written, directed, filmed and edited by J. Randolph Brown of Steady State Productions, tells the surreal story of a 20-something who finds an endless ladder in his backyard one day and what happens when he climbs it.
The group clearly operates in an indie rock aesthetic - they won “Best Indie Rock Act in Philadelphia” at Origivation Magazine’s 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards. But with press comparisons ranging from Deerhoof to The Decemberists to The Mountain Goats, it’s evident the group takes what it needs from its influences - nasally vocals, tense lyrical content, and tight, dynamic arrangements - and smashes them together to see what happens. With songs that marry the joyful sounds of being young with lyrical content that tackles all the parts that suck about it, The Quelle Source will “put indie rock smiles on your faces” (Philadelphia City Paper), even if it is in a sinister, backward way. Also of note - “Quelle” is German for “source.”
Formed in 2005, the group released their eponymous EP in 2008, their debut LP Enjoy the Ridge in 2009, and The French Rapture EP in September 2011. The band has shared the stage with Phosphorescent, Pomegranates, Toy Soldiers, Shorty Boy Boy, Turning Violet Violet, Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang, and, bizarrely, Lupe Fiasco. The band is currently recording demos and debuting songs from their forthcoming sophomore LP.
“Best Indie Rock Band in Philadelphia” – Origivation Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Awards 2011
“The best damn band from Philly that you haven’t heard yet” – Matthew Marcinowski, Beat The Indie Drum
“The Quelle Source will put indie-pop-rock smiles on your faces” – Philadelphia City Paper
THE CHAIRMAN DANCES are an art-rock band hailing from Philadelphia. Since 2011, they have released two records: the fifteen-track double album, Long Lost / A History Of Iniquity; and, A Promise, a concept album that traces the lives of two fictional married couples. The release of the latter in May 2012 caught the attention of WXPN’s John Vettese, who writes, “Ambitious rock band The Chairman Dances have graduated from indie songwriters to dramatic storytellers….” Lindsey Colferai, music maven and creator of the blog What’s Protocol?, writes: “For fans of Death Cab for Cutie, the Weakerthans, and even the Decemberists, I’d say you’ve got quite a match for your taste in music.”
In July 2012, The Chairman Dances headlined the launch party for Collaborate Philly, a social media site geared towards creative types. Currently, the quartet is preparing material for its third full-length, to be recorded this winter by Headroom Studios’ Kyle Pulley (Grandchildren, Dangerous Ponies) and Joe Reinhart (Hop Along, Algernon Cadwallader).