St. Philistine
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St. Philistine

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Sep
30
St. Philistine @ Steel City Coffee

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA

Jul
25
St. Philistine @ Dalzell House Show

Shreveport, Louisiana, USA

Shreveport, Louisiana, USA

Jul
24
St. Philistine @ MurphyÕs

Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Memphis, Tennessee, USA

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It would be easy to lump Dallas band St. Philistine’s debut album, You Are A Greek Tragedy, in with the other thousands of pop groups out there making music today. In fact, upon first listen, I immediately compared them to such bands as the Bird & the Bee and Bridges & Blinking Lights. However, upon delving deeper into the music, it feels as if band leader Aaron Sternick moves beyond the tried and true Ben Gibbard songwriter territory, and into an amalgam of The Sea & Cake’s pop sensibilities and the lyrical self awareness of Townes Van Zandt.

You Are A Greek Tragedy starts in familiar territory with “Intervals,” a mid tempo examination of the silent moments that occur during a relationship that then builds to a shredding crescendo of drums and hooky guitar. The album’s second track, “Last time,” lends itself, lyrically, to serving as the perfect mantra for any of us that have spent an extended time amongst the emptiness that is metropolitan Dallas. As the album progresses, there is a definite electronic feel to a few of the songs, like the standout “Sad Artist,” yet eventually the Texas-Folk influence shines through as both the harmonica and the rhodes settle into each song like an old friend returning home.

Verdict: Who do I pay my ten bucks to? - Jaime Falcon


Talk about a musical house I'd like to move into, you may recognize this Dallasite's roommate, who just so happened to be one of our first Self Promo Spotlighters, The A-B Theory. The styles are similar yet different, as St. Philistine is much more acoustic guitar-based. The easy comparisons to his sound are Ben Gibbard and Kevin Devine, but there's also moments of alt-country twang ("Oak Creek") and electronica-lite ("Sad Artist"). Real talk: it's simple music by a person creating art for the right reasons. You'd be be silly to let this skip on by. - Blake Solomon


The songs are nicely-paced, with just enough bubble to keep you up there while listening. Nice. - Denton Music Zine


Discography

You Are A Greek Tragedy LP (March 2009)
Sad Artist CDS (June 2009)
Whiskey & Coffee EP (March 2010)

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In 2008 while going in and out of various musical projects, Aaron Sternick began to write songs. These songs, played for no one but his bedroom walls and possibly his girlfriend’s cat, eventually formed the basis for what would be his first full length LP. From the opening notes of “Intervals” through the last crash of “Small War”, You Are a Greek Tragedy announces its arrival with energy and vigor.

Influenced more by his own experiences in the cold impersonal big city of Dallas than by any one musician, it is an album for anyone who has ever been surrounded by people constantly, yet still managed to feel isolated from the world around them. While it incorporates elements of folk, pop, and even electronica, the album refuses to be held back by the conventions and confines of any particular genre. Nor does it insist upon aimless experimentalism merely for the sake of being unprecedented. It is not about categorical exclusion. Throughout its 11 tracks, You are a Greek Tragedy defies genres while simultaneously legitimating them. The result is like a familiar story that you’ve never heard.

In his latest chapter, Aaron recruited long time friend and musical collaborator Marc Hoegg (bass), and new friends Jon Disla (drums) and Aurora Wiley (guitar/keys/bells/etc.) to take You are a Greek Tragedy the album, and turn it into the dynamic, living and breathing entity that is St. Philistine the band.