The Pennsylvania borough of Phoenixville is a small, artistic enclave outside of Philadelphia that is not lacking for music. You have the requisite weekend cover bands, singer/songwriter types and aging troubadours who play the bars, coffee shop, theatre and open spaces that dot Bridge and Main streets, yet original music is largely missing from this local scene.
Venturing beyond the town’s musical confines, the duo of John Piljer and Matt Taddei — aptly named Starch to Sugar, given the number of bars and breweries in Phoenixville — have created a four-song EP that melds ’60s British psych pop and American surf rock. In 12 minutes, Piljer and Taddei distill the anxiety and ardor of days down the shore understood by those residing in the Philadelphia region.
I’m hoping to catch Starch to Sugar perform in town soon, share a drink and perhaps see them represent Phoenixville at Couch By Couchwest come March.
Stream the self-titled EP from Starch to Sugar below and purchase via iTunes.