From punk rock beginnings in The Wackers to the funk-surf-whatever concoction that The Insidious Rays became, Matty Juknevic and Mikey Davidson have been playing in bands together since their childhood in the 90's. Over two decades later, The Rays have become a fixture in the Lehigh Valley music scene. They've played at basement punk shows, they're a regular favorite at smokey Bethlehem dive bar The Funhouse, and they draw big crowds for their outdoor Musikfest sets. The Rays have expanded their line-up to a 5-piece in recent years, rounding out the band with Matty's brother Seth Juknevic on bass, drummer Jon Braun, and keyboardist/guitarist Christopher McDermott.
We recorded the band in September 2017 on the roof of the Cigar Factory building in Allentown, PA. The band is in the process of writing and recording a new album due out in 2018, and all the songs they performed for their Rooftop Session are brand spankin' new.
1. The Black Lagoon Boogie (0:04)
2. Rock & Roll (2:22)
3. Time for Two (4:06)
4. The Wind (9:04)
5. Interview (12:21)
6. BAND PICK: Matte Black - Fuzz (21:11)
Matte Black (Band Pick):
The Insidious Rays:
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Long-time eclectic Bethlehem rock band The Insidious Rays join us as our second guests for our new Rooftop Sessions series bringing bands on top of the historic Cigar Factory building in Allentown, PA; we also play a handful of tracks from artists who are performing at our stage at this year's Allentown ArtsFest including exclusive first-listens of songs from Ironhead's Devils Pit Blues Cult and Mike Teknology.
From the unique mind of Garth Forsyth, comes Poor Luther's Bones, a band born and reared in the rural Berks County farmlands of Oley, PA. Since beginning in 1992, Garth and Poor Luther's Bones have existed on the outskirts of the Lehigh Valley music scene both in sound and geography. Poor Luther's Bones' music occupies the space somewhere between explosive garage rock, gritty blues, and ebbing psychedelic rock; and 25 years on, there hasn't been anything else quite like it.
Most of the LV-area bands who were performing in the early-to-mid 90's are not actively releasing new music or performing live anymore. From the Psyclone Rangers to Crack Babies to the Original Sins, the early-to-mid 90's in the Valley is littered with many great bands who have moved on with their lives (the exception to this list being the Original Sins' Brother JT). Before this last year, this is how we thought of Poor Luther's Bones--a band renowned for their electric live performances, but one who was ultimately lost to time.
What this past year has given us is a flurry of activity from Poor Luther's Bones. Garth has recorded and released three Poor Luther's Bones albums and a solo album dedicated to his daughter. Wrapped up in this story of new music is the mastering of their 2016 album Tall Tales which was done by Tape Swap's Matt Molchany here at Shards, which made our Top 10 Lehigh Valley DIY Releases of 2016 list. Garth has also recruited a some talented musicians who are a generation younger than him to fill out the ranks of the band including his son. Poor Luther's Bones is no longer relegated to the LV music scene's past, and what 2016-17 has shown us is that Garth is entering what may be one of his most prolific periods with the band. It is with this backdrop, that we recorded Poor Luther's Bones as a five-piece at Shards in May 2017.
Check back with this page for the video of Garth's interview coming soon.
A Shards Session from Oley, PA garage/psych rockers Poor Luther's Bones; plus a mix of new songs that focuses on the east coast from PA to Portland, Maine. We explore some indie rock, dance punk, and even atmospheric experimentation from Weakened Friends, Radiator Hospital, and Calvin Johnson's Selector Dub Narcotic.