Wednesday, May 30, 2012

50+ Chicago musicians. 12+ New bands. Announcing : The Chicago Sonic Coalition.

The idea is simple : Gather over 60 Chicago musicians, and put their name in a hat.   Publicly draw at random to form over 17 new bands.  Give those bands over two months to prepare a 15-20 minute set of new music, then bring those acts in front of a live audience.  Throw them together to write and practice songs, push creativity, and get people out of their comfort zones.  The execution, however, isn't that easy.  How would these people mesh?  Would they get along?  Could they even get together, let alone write together, or even agree on what to do?  Almost everyone involved is in a current, active band.  Some even touring as I write this. 

The idea supposedly started in Cleveland as a multi-week event under the name “Lottery League”.  Milwaukee continued the tradition with a smaller version called “All Messed Up”, then doubled the size for the second year.  The more we thought about a Chicago version, the more excited we became.  So we put the call out. In less than 48 hours we had a 64 person cap that eventually grew to 68.  A reserve list was started. Soon, we had over 75 people involved.  We held a show at our beloved Treasure Town, drew the names, and 17 new bands were formed.

Musicians from almost every genre of Chicago's music scene, from noise, to folk, garage rock, and singer-songwriter's came together to form what we'd like to call the “Chicago Sonic Coalition”. They were connected, left to their own devices.  Then, the inevitable. Scheduling issues, time, work, tours. Sometimes, despite best intentions, life just gets in the way.  There were a few heartbreaking losses of personnel as the weeks began to unravel including members of Mannequin Men, Paper Mice, Wume.   A few ridiculously solid bands got broken up into pieces, while some morphed into something just as strong.  A few crumbled and will not perform. 
What remains, well, you'll just have to see live for yourself.

We stand strong as a community of musicians, artists, and creative thinkers. Recently, a heart-breaking and senseless loss of many staple multi-faceted performance spaces that will never be replicated. Chicago has many spaces.  With death, comes re-birth.   Join us Saturday, June 16th at 8PM.   Weddings open at 8pm on the dot, so don't be late.  Currently to be held at a basement spot in the middle of the city.  “ask a mug”, or e-mail for more info.  Donations are highly suggested.

MORTISTORK (Members of ONO, We Repel Each Other, Disrobe)
ALIEN SHIT (Members of Bad Drugs, Lechuguillas, Paper Mice)
CABIN CRUISER (Members of Heavy Times, Slushy, Magic Milk)
GROUP HUG (Members of Big Colour, Rodeo, Distant Cities, Bowl of Dust)
WEDDINGS (Members of New Black, Vamos, Heavy Times, and Magic Milk)
GILDED MESS (KG Price w/ Johnny Young and Zachary Mark of Battleship)
MOTHER JAGUAR (Members of New Diet, Snacks, Humminbird, and Skymaul)
COUNT KINDNESS (Members of T'Bone, Running, Esoteric Tapioca, Call Me Lightning, and House Sounds)
NATURAL CAUSES (Members of Toupee and Bomb Banks)
BLASTED (Members of Absolutely Not / Cinchel / Plastic Boner Band)
Be there. 

8:00 : WEDDINGS (Mort stage)
8:45 - BLASTED (Treasure stage)
9:30 - GILDED MESS (Mort stage)
10:00 - NATURAL CAUSES (Treasure stage)
10:30 - MOTHER JAGUAR (Mort stage)
11:00 - A.R.V.O (Treasure stage)
11:30- CABIN CRUISER (Mort stage)
12:00 - MORTISTORK (Mort stage)
12: 45 - ALIEN SHIT (Mort stage)
1:30 - COUNT KINDNESS (Mort stage)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Watch : A GET BENT! Birthday : Strychnine, The Hecks, Nones

Our friends at GET BENT! had a birthday party with some of our favorite Chicago bands.  Only fitting we should go check it out.  Strychnine opened it up right with some garage-punk reminiscent of the Sonics.  If all is right with the world, you'll probably start seeing The Hecks around a lot more.  Some seriously good Brainiac style guitar work, driving drums, and just plain refreshing songwork from a new Chicago two-piece.  They just opened for Black Dice, garnering praise from more than a few people I know that had never seen 'em.  Nones are on Hozac, and bring a sort of Jesus Lizard esque vibe to the closing of it all.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Watch : Mayor Daley - "15 Silver Arrows"

Something happened when Emily Elhaj joined Mayor Daley over a year ago, alongside Kelly Marie Carr and Paul Erschen. They seem more focused and a little more mellow, but in a way that forces your attention and breathes its own air in the room. They let the fuzz and rhythm ooze out slowly, but eventually, undeniably, you're encompassed. These are slow, building, sonic war-cries. I've heard the term "best band in Chicago" multiple times over the last year.

While that's certainly debatable, Mayor Daley's live show is definitely something that sticks around in your head for a while afterwards. You grab a stiff drink and light up. Close your eyes. It's hard to capture on video, the songs averaging around the 10 minute mark, but I've tried about ten different times. My most successful attempt is below, with a mostly still camera mimicking the turns of a human's body. The new LP, Sand Bath, will be out July 4 on Rotted Tooth Records. Watch, and take a listen to the just-recorded versions of "15 Silver Arrows", and a killer 12 minute "Plastic Light" below.

Stream the new songs.  Also, they're going on tour soon.  Venues to be added :

6/9 (Sat) Dustbowl w/ forced into femininity, etc.
6/16 (Sat) Mortville CAKE (comics group) benefit w/Ono, Toupee, Witch Hat.
6/28 (Mon)Empty Bottle.
7/6 Iowa City, IA (Friday)
7/7 Minneapolis, MN (Saturday)
*7/8 ACRE Benefit –Burlington (Sunday)
7/13 Kansas City, KS (Friday)
7/14 Columbia, MO (Saturday)
7/15 St. Louis, MO (Sunday)
7/16 OFF (Monday)
7/17 New Orleans, LA (Tuesday)
7/18 Atlanta, GA (Wednesday)
7/19 Asheville, NC (Thursday)
7/20 Baltimore, MD (Friday)
7/21 New York, NY #1 (Saturday)
7/22 New York, NY #2 (Sunday)
7/23 Providence, RI (Monday)
7/24 Boston, MA (Tuesday)
7/25 Rochester/Albany, NY (Wednesday)
7/26 Cleveland, OH (Thursday)
7/27 HOME (Friday)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Listen : BOX - Live at Situations last night...

12 minutes of loud, guttural rock n' roll.  Chicago's BOX.  A two piece with members of Forced into Femininity.  Not quite metal, not quite hardcore, it's a slap in the face when presented as an opener.  Especially on a Wednesday night in a small basement.  This is sadly only half of their set.  Blame whiskey and technical difficulties.  The bill also included Bomb Banks, Russian Tsarlag, and PPPMMM.  Enjoy.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Watch : A new, untitled T'BONE song....

T'bone are one of our favorite bands in Chicago.   Jokey lyrics, but not to a detriment.  Absolutely bonkers drumming by Ed Bornstein.  Solid pop songs.  Definitely a band to catch live, though the record is spectacular.  This is a new song that's so fresh it doesn't even have a name.  Filmed in "Nowheresville", 2012.