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Jena Berlin

Philadelphia (USA)

Jeff Meyes – drums
Jesse Gaun – bass
Dave Klyman – guitar
Mark Eble – guitar
Jon Loudan – vocals

Although Jena Berlin named their sophomore full-length Quo Vadimus – Latin for “Where are we going?” – the Philadelphia quintet seems less concerned with the final destination than with the unpredictable, uncharted process of actually getting there. After all, it’s always been the lessons learned and the connections made during the journey that has validated this fiery post-hardcore band’s unshakeable core of DIY values. Regardless of all the trials and tribulations of being independent and punk in a landscape increasingly preoccupied with scene politics, commercialism and the glossy shell that surrounds it, Jena Berlin has persevered and Quo Vadimus is another impressive chapter in their compelling history.

Jena Berlin have always cited bands like Boy Sets Fire, At The Drive-in and Texas Is The Reason as a touchstone for their sound: impetuous, youthful and with a fire in the gut, but open to revolutionary ideas and the notion that change can be positive. Their 2005 debut Passion Waits as the Program Keeps Going captured a hungry, enthusiastic band igniting a spark that would find them lighting stages ablaze across the U.S. While they were borrowing equally from Dischord and Midwestern scenes of the early 90’s, the band was also injecting a new-school punk sound and hardcore aesthetic into their music and live performances.

Discography:

  • “Qua Vadimus” CD/LP (CD Jumpstart Records 2007 LP Ass-Card Records Jumpstart Records 2008)
  • “Passion waits as the program keeps going” CD (Watch the city burn 2005)
  • V/A “Generic inside radio” CD (Eternal Hope)

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