Dave Anians - February 3, 2015
Me and Seasonal Men’s Wear just got finished with a three show trip around Illinois for the weekend. Sadly, our fourth show got canceled due to snow, but we’ll reschedule that for sometime soon hopefully!
Here are the cool acts we played with!
Chicago at Quenchers Saloon
RR are our (heh heh) good buddies from the West Suburbs and DeKalb area. Their setup is two loud distorted heavy bass guitars and a drum machine and their mix of punk/metal/hardcore is badass. Short blasts of songs and an excellent sense of humor in between face-meltings.
This was my first time seeing this band and they were super cool. If you’re into real fast melodic punk rock, this is for you. Woo! Two vocalists switch off to sing rad songs about “shit jobs” and “no money.” Dillinger 4 is one of my favorite bands and I really felt the same energy in Bottle Kids’ set. They welcomed the comparison.
Galesburg at The Beanhive
Kyle is based in Galesburg now and he’s still playing awesome music and being a great scene organizer. His solo stuff is really lovely, stripped down, poppy acoustic/folk music. All of his work also has a cool oldies type vibe, which is excellentttt. These songs get in your head in the most pleasant of ways and I don’t think I would trust anyone who straight up didn’t like it at least a little bit. When Kyle isn’t soloin it up, he plays in Genovia Forever (hardcore) and Pillow Fight (pop punk/powerpop.)
Another acoustic act, Missy is a ridiculously talented songwriter and singer. With longer songs and simple open chord guitar parts, she is able to focus on telling stories of love and heartbreak and let her awesome vocal parts come through. I was blown away by this performance. Every time I think I can sing, I play before someone like this.
Champaign at Thee Death Tower
Folk punk meets pop punk! This band has more members every time I see them. Super cool songs about love and friends and life struggles (in a fun and catchy way!). With guitar, stand-up bass, washboard, and fiddle, their sound is growing to full party proportions. I’m really really excited about this band. A lot of people like them and I think you will tooooooooo.
This band was also new to us, and I’m so glad I got to see them. Loud indie/alt rock that reminds me of Dinosaur Jr. and Nada Surf and other bands in that vein. Their recordings are less loud and in-your-face but they’re still really really good in a whole other way. With catchy hooks and melodies usually reserved for longer songs, these tunes are instead short and to-the-point, always leaving you wanting more (in a good way!)
Travelling allows me to see bands I may not have heard about otherwise and that’s a scary thought if there’s more bands like these around. I guess I have to keep travelling.