Super tight show with a bunch of cool bands tomorrow (Feb. 25th) at The Auxilary Arts Center in Chicago! This is a record release show for HAIR. What a name… Hair, a band of dudes with long hair and a shredding vintage sound stunningly similar to Fuzz. That’s pretty rad.
HAIR, the current musical arm of the Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty to Long Haired Men, a group founded by DAVID BOWIE in 1964. Members of HAIR live to a code that mandates shoulder length hair at a minimum. Like the straight hard rock bands of the 70s and 90s (but not the 80s, that shit sucked) before them, the group is dedicated to the heaviest and loudest sounds allowed. Together HAIR define long haired heavy psych rock in the 22nd Century. Check out some of their newest tunes below along with the other bands on the show!
All Them Witches, hailing from Nashville, Tennessee are at the top of their game! Their fourth studio album “Sleeping Through The War” is out today – Feb. 24th, 2017. Stream Sleeping Through The War below!
These guys have been pummeling us with some of the freshest rock music you can find these past few years. Alt-rock, heavy psych, call it whatever you want… it’s great! Even though their last few albums have been amazing, I think you’ll agree that “Sleeping Through The War” is some next level shit! Listen and let it speak for itself:
Stream Sleeping Through The War – All Them Witches
Chicago! It’s time time to slip into your very best and get down at good ol Empty Bottle. The second annual Winter Formal 2017 Dance is happening February 18th, and we’re ready to hit the dance floor in class… for once. This ain’t no BS high school shindig. We have top-notch rock n’ roll music for you to get down and dirty to, while wearing your very best. Headlining are rock five piece TROY ANDERSON, joined by those smooth rock n’ roll crooners THE EVENING ATTRACTION, Chicago psych-soul crew RED FRANCIS, & FAUX FURRS kicking the evening into gear.
Red Francis will make you blow crap-spackle straight through your paisley trousers! They recently shot and are working on another music video with Oryan’s Bellt that we can already tell is going to be a crazy one judging from all the butts and panties against the green screen.
BopPop Rawk n Rowlers, Analog Babies, pushing the 60s vibes, coming at you from the 2″ tape. The Evening Attraction are currently recording a full length LP at Treehouse Records, so I’m sure we’ll get to hear some of those fresh tracks at The Winter Formal.
Dumpster Tapes‘ Garage Rocking Troy, the one and only Troy Anderson Experience, the best thing to have ever come out of Frankfort, IL… Troy and his band will be closing off the night and it will definitely be a blast. They let loose and so will we!
Chicago’s FAKE LIMBS return to Empty Bottle, having celebrated their record release there back in November. The dudely four-piece have released two of the best, noisiest punk records this city spewed out in the early-10s, 2013’s The Power of Patrician Upbringing and 2012’s Man Feelings, both on BLVD Records. Their newest LP, Matronly, is the reason for our gathering here tonight and it’s coming to us via the unstoppable Don Giovanni Records. FAKE LIMBS throws listeners around the room with their sonic onslaught. The AV Club praises, “the band follows in the grand tradition of groups like The Jesus Lizard and Stnnng, with angular and jagged riffs fused to pounding rhythms and holler-’till-you’re-hoarse vocals.”
LASERS AND FAST AND SH!T is known across Chicago for playing an engaging mixture of punk abandon with a healthy dose of stoner metal’s nodding and self-knowing winks. Live, the band is a force to be reckoned with, and you should absolutely expect lasers, smoke, no shit, and some brand new songs that will only further elevate the LASERS’ fiery, art-damaged punk sound.
Chicago noise-rock trio DEN have been together since 2011, and yet this is only their second time at the Bottle. Two of the three members were in the band NEURONS. Once the band broke up, they decided to keep on trucking as DEN. They poured all their creative energy into this project, spanning a ton of genres but always killing it. On separate tracks, they nail punk, doom, hardcore and drone, each one sounding completely authentic.
Post Child is a Chicago nu-grunge / fuzz pop band with hooks for days! Not too long ago, the band put out a music video for “Getting Closer” that will have you second guessing if they were one of the great 90s bands that you just found out about now. Nah.. this is new shit that’s just reminiscent of the good times, but no doubt a part of today’s music scene in Chicago. Watch “Getting Closer” below, the music video sets a good tone for the rest of the album.
‘Wax Wings’ was recorded and mixed by Joe Gac (Meat Wave, Elephant Gun, The Brokedowns) out of Kildare studios. It’s Post Child’s second full length album that is being released through In The Lake Records and it’s tight! Truly well produced songs from front to back… infinitely more polished than most of the lo-fi garbage I’m used to today. I enjoyed the crap out of it, and I think you will too. Take a listen to ‘Wax Wings’ right here:
“The best band that ever existed” as Josh Homme said in the 2011 “fuzzomentary” Truckfighters. Their guitarist Niklas ‘Dango‘ Källgren teamed up with bassist and vocalist Oskar ‘Ozo’ Cedermalm in a worn down rehearsal space in Örebro, Sweden in 2001. The first song they ever recorded, Desert Cruiser, has gone on to become a desert rock anthem. The band itself has gone on to release four full length albums and played sold out shows on four continents since then.
Truckfighters are back in the States in support of their fifth album “V” and it’s great; just like the rest of them! “V” continues the Truckfighters tradition of blending big riffs, dynamism and intricate songwriting.
“The album won’t come as a huge surprise for those who’ve heard our earlier work – but at the same time it feels like a leap forward. We’ve been able to create some of our best songs so far. For us this is definitely the album of the year”, says Dango and laughs.
Listen to the whole album below and pick up a copy of your own tonight at the show!
Ty Segall‘s new album will be out on January 27th, and you don’t have to wait to listen to it! You can stream Ty Segall’s new album in it’s entirety here on We Are The Television.
The self-titled and ninth solo album “Ty Segall” swings between a heavy swagger and a gentle swoon. Versatile as hell – as you’d expect from the guy with more bands and albums than you can keep track of. In my opinion, these are some of his greatest twisted hits to date! You’ll be able to buy this gem from the Drag City Shop. Also, make sure to catch his live show when he comes to town! 2017 Ty Segall tour dates listed below.
Ty Segall – Ty Segall
Ty Segall Tracklist:
01. Break A Guitar
03. Warm Hands (Freedom Returned)
05. The Only One
06. Thank You Mr. K
07. Orange Color Queen
09. Take Care (To Comb Your Hair)
Ty Segall 2017 Tour Dates:
01/27 – San Diego, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
02/02 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
02/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
02/04 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
02/27 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
03/01 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater
03/02 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
03/03 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
05/08 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sister Bar
05/10 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
05/11 – Indianapolis, IN @ Irving Theater
05/13 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
05/14 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
05/17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
05/18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
05/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
05/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theater
05/21 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theater
05/22 – Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s Music Hall
05/25 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
05/26 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack’s
05/27 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s
05/29 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Pressroom
08/03-6 – Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon Music Festival
08/18 – Biddinghuizen, NE @ Lowlands Festival
08/24 – Berlin, DE @ Astra
08/31 – Miranda De Ebro, ES @ Ebrovisión Festival
Guerilla is back with a new album and a new Guerilla music video too!
Their new music video “BUMMER” is the first track off of the album. The song was described as “the oral equivalent of chugging a beer” by James Van Osdol on Chicago’s 101 WKQX. Maybe drew a little inspiration from Queen and BeeGees for the music video? Me likey. See for yourself.
GUERILLA – Bummer
Get down on all of it right here. The new album titled “DUMB” is their first release since “Everyone’s an Idiot” in 2014.
Michael Patrick Russell is known to most as Johnny Swoon, the weird as fuck and fun as hell front man of The Gnar Wave Rangers. Today marks his 79th day sober and the release of his solo album, “Random Bags”. A culmination of all his post-booze/post-Gnar Wave feelings in a nice little random and emotional package for all of us to enjoy.
The Gnar Wave Rangers broke up? What the fuck! Yea, that’s what I said too. Literally days after one of the best shows I had ever seen by them; actually one of the best shows I’ve seen in Chicago in general. It was their record release show for “Big Joe King” at Empty Bottle which was spot on and insanely good. I remember turning to one of my dudes in awe mid-set. Who does that? Put out a killer album, play a raging show, done. Gnar Wave does, I guess.
They were always full of surprises but I definitely didn’t see that coming. So Barrett (or ButterScotch Bill if that’s how you know him) told me that The Gnar Wave Rangers were done while I was laying down some tracks at Treehouse Records. I brushed it off as a hiatus and months later when I asked if Gnar Wave Rangers could do a show, he said he didn’t know where the hiatus idea came from… they were done.
Months later, a sober and ready Mr. Swoon – I mean Michael Patrick Russell – goes up to the North Woods of Boulder Junction, WI and records this catchy, interesting, and revealing 8-track EP. I hate pulling comparisons but “Random Bags” has the humor of good old Gene Ween and some of the same demons as Elliott Smith (hopefully not all of them). Fuck yea. It’s good.
Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but I still think The Gnar Wave Rangers aren’t done yet (despite what any of their own band members tells me hahah). They’re too good to stop! Either way, the great music continues:
Faux Furrs take an adventure into outer space in their new music video for “Moon Farm”. This is beautifully done video… and done by the band themselves too! I guess it’s not too surprising that these guys work in the film business by day and jam out at night. You can catch them rocking any of the cool spots in Chicago on the reg. Tonight (1/7/17), they’re playing an intimate Sofar Sounds show. Excited to see what else Faux Furrs got for us in 2017!
Faux Furrs – Moon Farm
UPDATE Feb 21, 2017 –
Catch Faux Furrs performing “Cycles” live at their Sofar Session in Chicago below: