Wed, Oct 23 - 8pm - $7
Rumbling out of Populist Recording Studios in Wheaton, Illinois is Ateliers: A four-piece band forged in the furnaces where alternative pop meets underground rock. Ateliers very nearly didn’t happen—but fate cannot be denied, and the winding machinations of time found Brian Doherty (drums), Mike Nesbitt (vocals), James Scott (bass), and Bill Acuña (guitar) together at Scott’s own Populist Recording Studios in April 2012.It was a Friday night and they had the run of the place. They hit ‘record’ and let loose. The music uncoiled itself from their instruments, and Ateliers elevated a mountain of sound that is subtly complex and evokes a mood that is both heartbreaking and optimistic. It hurts to let go, their muse insisted, but you have to so you can move on.Nesbitt and Scott had already won over Chicago via the Visitor, weaving their signature dark-rimmed edges of alternative rock into the music of Ateliers. In parallel, Acuña and Doherty combined their efforts in The JoyRyders, then brought with them the silver lining that saves Ateliers from being overcome by the darkness. The result may be too brooding for the fair-weather alternative, but it’s also too catchy and well-formed for the denizens of DIY garage studios and dad’s money.That Friday night ended with four demos and an insatiable desire for more. Soon the four songs became ten, and now the self-titled debut album from Ateliers has been released. Ateliers is power and mystery and excess channeled through a low-end. It is nailed to the floor by a bass that winds through the melody like a caged animal, drums that signal the presence of a ritual no one expected you to see, and lush guitars with perfectly understated and carefully crafted leads. The vocals are designed to ease you into the dream—right until the nightmare emerges and the shouting begins.
Black Bear Brown Bear
Black Bear/Brown Bear create an infectious brand of indie-rock led by two drummers whose danceable rhythms create the foundation of the band’s powerful sound. Drawing comparisons to that of Talking Heads, Modest Mouse, and Vampire Weekend, their energetic live set of organized chaos has been turning heads since 2012. An interview with Hypertextmag, stated that their “danceable beats and percussive, collaborative sound feels like it was born in the garages of the Northwest Side alleys and is poised now to hit it big”; and BB/BB have been putting in the muscle to prove themselves.
Cavalier is a new folk influenced indie rock collaboration by current and former members of the national touring act So Long Forgotten, and regional acts Psychobilly Kadillaks, The Help Desk, and others. They released their debut EP Onward in July.
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