APHRA

femme. collective presents

APHRA

Elle Exxe, Cheeky, femme. collective

Fri 3/2

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

APHRA - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
APHRA
"Most people would listen to my songs and assume it’s about boy meets girl, boy breaks girl’s heart, girl cries. But these songs are actually about my family and the crippling confusion and heartbreak addiction causes."

Under the moniker APHRA (pronounced AF-RA), Philadelphia’s Rebecca Waychunas has meticulously crafted a left-of-pop persona that infuses experiences of personal struggle with both the grit of the DIY/ punk scene and the layered instrumentation of her electronica contemporaries - recalling the likes of a Coexist era The xx mixed with Mitski. Sadness is a Gesture took over two years to write, record, and produce. In both the songs’ evolution and physical manifestation, they trace a journey working through confusion by way of repeated mental and emotional breakdowns to immense personal growth and clarity.

Waychunas started writing songs in high school as a way to make sense of the instability around her. Her openness about the traumatizing effect that drug and alcohol addiction has had on familial and personal relationships serves as the foundation for the sonically diverse tracks. "All of these songs were actually written with a particular person or relationship in mind in which addiction played a huge part,” Waychunas explains. “I don’t personally struggle with any substance issues, but I have realized that I am quite drawn to people who suffer from them. I’ve learned who I am, and who I am in relation to the people closest to me, most intimately through the process of recording this project."

She considers herself lucky to live in a city that offers such a supportive underground music scene. Philadelphia has allowed Waychunas to grow as both a songwriter and performer, and collaborate with artists across several different mediums. Her immersion in these communities has helped hone her proficiency in video production and dance choreography. The release of Sadness is a Gesture serves as both a reflection and expression of APHRA’s deeply personal and creative pursuits.
Elle Exxe
Elle Exxe
Elle Exxe, the formidable and fully fledged electro-clash pop star unleashed her much-anticipated album ‘Love Fuelled Hate’ in October 2016. She burst onto the scene with a riotous explosion of her fearsomely unique attitude which she describes as “Dirty Pop” and has received rave reviews from the likes of Q Magazine, Classic Pop, PopJustice, and Highsnobeity. In the UK she's been championed by BBC Introducing and Kiss FM, as well as flown high in Music Week Charts and Amazing Radio charts. In America, Elle’s music has been played across a mass of radio stations, receiving increasing amounts of CMJ destinations.

Having showcased and sold out venues across three continents, The Unsigned Music Award winner (Best Female Solo Act), saw her touring the release of her debut album in 2017. Elle stormed stages of international festivals with her charismatic and infectious brand of pop, playing at: Eurosonic (Netherlands), SXSW (USA) Isle Of Wight Festival (U.K.) Sziget Festival (Hungary) and V Festival (U.K). The tour included her first Stadium show at Untold Festival (Romania). Towards the end of 2017 Elle collaborated with MAC Cosmetics to premier the music video for her latest single ‘Catapult’ at their European flagship store in London. For 2018, ahead of a US tour culminating at SXSW, Elle Exxe’s new single “Queen” is coming out on March 8th. This is a female empowerment track, a glimmer of hope in an industry where 85% of music is written and produced by men and only 12.3% of music is written by women.
Cheeky - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Cheeky
femme. collective
femme. collective
femme. collective is a group of feminist-minded artists based in Philadelphia, PA. Formed in the summer of 2015, their aim is to bring more art and artist collaborations to the city through networking and showcase opportunities. The people of femme. collective continue to empower each other, support the artistic endeavors of their peers, and provide a platform for feminist-driven artists to collaborate in sharing their passions.
Venue Information:
The Barbary
951 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
http://www.myspace.com/thenewbarbary