Additional Bands: Dirt Worshipper , Midnight Eye , Skeleton Hands
Location: Philadelphia , PA
Venue: Johnny Brenda's
By A.D. Amorosi
“The end of my block looks like the edge of the world,” says Sean Bolton of Philly band Surgeon. The singer/bassist — who grew up in Germantown with his bandmate guitarist Lydia Giordano — currently lives in East Kensington. From his front door, he can see the burned-out Buck Hosiery building where two Philadelphia firefighters died in a blaze last year.
Whether it’s on Surgeon’s first album (2008’s Steve Albini-produced Angry Guest) or the recent Chemical Reign (self-produced with Kevin Antreassian), you can sense the blasted-out, detritus-ridden environment they live in, literally and figuratively. Bolton credits (or blames) the tattered urban remains on his street with fueling his imagination and filling his head with visions of power struggles and toxic horrors.