A psych-wave quartet in a polygamist marriage with new-wave synths, fuzzed out guitars and big beats. New sounds from old circuits for your daily bread and circus. Released a new album “Dress For The Future” on 8/5 with lead singles “Madness” and “Graveyard Thinker.”
Playing at the intersection of indie rock and folk and hailing from Saint Paul, MN, Gentlemen Speaker released a self-titled album in 2019 and a sophomore album “The Well Between Continents” in fall of 2021. They’ve hit the road with their contingent of Tim Brecht – Lead Vocals, Guitar, Adam Fekete – Vocals, Guitar, Brian Nanoff – Bass, and Don Lavis – Drums.
Side Hug formed in 2017, when three of the four members met while scooping ice cream on the North Side of Chicago. During a cold winter, when the ice cream shop was closed, the band recorded some of their first pop-tinged folk songs. Those songs later appeared on “Also,” their first EP. Two years later, with the addition of a fourth member, Side Hug took on a dreamier sound with their second EP “Wasted Summer” – evoking the nostalgia of a blazing and heartbroken Chicago summer.
Their newest single “Conversations” – featuring Lyd Landor (vocals/guitar), Allan Cardenas (lead guitar), Yuda Goldbloom (bass), and Christian Ovalle (drums) – continues to embrace themes of unrequited love, adding layers of grit to their sentimental sound. Where the band’s name hints at awkwardness, these boys bring a sound that’s anything but.
Side Hug has played with acts such as Jungle Giants, Tallies, and Chicago locals Beach Bunny.
ALMOST THERE BUT NOT REALLY
Latinx/Latino Indie (+ Ben) from the Southside of Chicago playing sad — sometimes political songs — with chimey Fender guitars, syncopated rhythms and ambient trails.
ATBNR released their self-produced Demos EP in May 2021 and are beginning to build a devout following in the local Chicago music scene.