El Mejor and The Hanging Gardens Tonight!

REALLY excited for tonight’s show! Definitely dig the sounds of both bands on the bill, and I invite you to join me for a night of some solid psych-rock and roll experiences.

 

El Mejor’s noise comes from a mutual love for bands like Black Sabbath, The Stooges and Fugazi, as well as early hardcore, punk and noise-rock. They create a sound that is heavy and chaotic while maintaining precision and melody. Check ‘em out!

 

 

 

The Hanging Gardens are one of my favorite local bands, and you definitely want to come early to see ‘em (9:30). They previously played looking glass’ first showcase at The Burlington, and you can catch part of that set below.

 

Saturday, 9/27 at the Green Room

El Mejor and The Hanging Gardens

21+ | $5 | Doors at 9, Show at 9:30

Get tickets HERE

Fight With Monsters, The Smoking Revolvers and Snaggletooth play TONIGHT!

There’s a rock and roll cocktail happening tonight at the Abbey Pub’s Green Room, and you should definitely come check it out!

 

Headlining the night is Fight With Monsters with their blues/punk/ska-laced indie rock. They put out a few albums earlier this year, Blue Pt I & II, and plan to release another EP by year’s end. You can click play below to hear Part I, or watch the video for their song “Resting My Eyes” off that same album. Check ‘em out!

Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

So each of us have different musical influences; for example our bass player Brian Sutton is really into Black Sabbath and Sublime, Ryan Caldwell our lead vocalist really likes the Streetlight Manifesto, Cake, and The Front Bottoms, Ryan Worthy our lead guitarist really really likes Queens of the Stone Age, but also shares a strong affinity for Sublime and Streetlight Manifesto, and our drummer Aaron Cada, currently listens to a lot of Cage the Elephant, Arctic Monkeys, and Tom Petty! So all over the place, but a lot of punk and ska influence.

 

What is some music worth sharing? Something new? Local favorites?

Some music worth sharing would be Era Vulgaris by Queens of the Stone Age, Magic Touch by Stanley Jordan, & Omnivium by Obscura. Some of our local favorites include Lever from Crystal Lake, Irvin Harris and the Gospel from Decatur, Dana Destefano & Dollparts out of Naperville, Original Mechanical Mouse from Rockford, and Awe Howler from Grayslake. All of these bands are amazing live and work really hard to make the local music scene thrive.

 

 

 

 

The Smoking Revolvers bridge the night with some garage/punk alternative rock. You can hear their debut EP, Broken Hearts Club, below. Click play to hear ‘em, and keep reading to learn more!

Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

Our biggest influences are Nirvana, Local H, The Vines and The White Stripes.

 

What is some music worth sharing? Something new? Local favorites?

We’re really digging a band called Ume from Texas. A couple of local favorites are Tens, Rapids, and Madame Ruby.

 

 

 

Snaggletooth open the show with some fluffy scuzz punk pop, which you can check out below. They also recorded a live performance at Young Camelot earlier this year, which you can hear here. They took a few minutes to talk influences and favorites, so keep readin’.

 

Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

As a group I’d say our biggest influences are Dinosaur Jr. and Blue-Pinkerton Weezer. We’re not all stuck in the 90s though.

 

What is some music worth sharing? Something new? Local favorites?

A couple bands I’d personally like to go up to bat for are Yoko and the Oh No’s a Chicago area group, ex-The Irenes. We played with the Irenes at Schubas and they’re really talented, really nice, and really really young kids with a lot of potential. Also my personal favorite band that everyone should know about is Tricot, this Japanese mathy rock band. They’re just the best.

 

 

 

Thursday, 9/25 at the Green Room

Fight With Monsters, The Smoking Revolvers and Snaggletooth

21+ | $5 | Doors at 8:30, Show at 9

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The Damn Tracks, Chicago Style Weenies and La Mata, TONIGHT!

If you feel your nightly diet is lacking in ska-influenced punk rock, the Green Room is the space for you tonight. With a slew of similarly-seasoned Chicago acts on the bill, it’ll be a damn good time!

 

The Damn Tracks headline the night with their breed of punk rock and roll. They recently released a 7″ split with WeDodgeMissiles, which you can hear below. Keep reading to learn influences and favorites!

 

Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

Our response for this could go on for days, but I’ll keep it simple by saying we’re influenced by anything with a good hook. If it’s catchy and under 3 minutes long we’ll probably be a fan of it.

 

What is some music worth sharing? Something new? Local favorites?

The Hypnic Jerks and Miles From Exile are bands that we just recently played with for our split 7″ release show with WeDodgeMissiles. All three are worth checking out.

 

 

 

Keeping the night moving is Chicago Style Weenies. In April, they released an EP called “Fight for Your Right (To Parlé),” and they have another on the way, expected to be released in mid-November.  As a completely DIY band, anything you see, read, or hear comes directly from their minds. Influences, favorites and tunes are below, so check ‘em out!

Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

Chicago Style Weenies is influenced by a variety of music and philosophy.  Our drummer is a hardcore European metal fan, our bassist played Flea’s bass lines in a Red Hot Chili Peppers cover band, and our guitarist has always been a punk rocker.  We consider ourselves a punk band, and mesh our unique musical backgrounds into driving songs, skeptical lyrics, and energetic performances.  Our biggest punk influences are Bad Religion, NOFX, Propagandhi, Descendents, The Vandals, Screeching Weasel, Misfits, Strike Anywhere, Alkaline Trio – there simply isn’t enough room here to pay tribute to them all.  Like many before us, we favor independent thinking and are inspired by philosophies of the likes of Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Christopher Hitchens, George Orwell, and Karl Marx.

 

What is some music worth sharing? Something new? Local favorites?

Propagandhi is surprisingly unknown band to many people I talk to, I’m not sure why that is.  They are incredibly talented and truly inspiring.  On the local level, we play with a lot of bands, so again – the list here would be long.  This past week we played two shows and I really enjoyed two particular bands – one from each night.  The Quitters are based out of Las Vegas, and I honestly didn’t think their recorded audio or video emphasized the energy this band has.  They were an awesome band who we’d like to connect with in the future – definitely!  Also, more locally, we played with Solution Unsatisfactory at the Mutiny recently.  Solution Unsatisfactory is based in the suburbs, but you’d be hard pressed to find a punk band, in or out of the city, as technical and in-your-face as they are.  We’re looking forward to doing some more shows with these guys soon!

 

 

Opening the show is La Mata, with their Latin, experimental, alternative style of rock. They’re currently recording their first EP utilizing international musicians, and the first single can be heard below. Click play and keep reading to learn more about ‘em, then come out to the show!

 

Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

La Mata is influenced by many genres, and are not married to one. Musical Influences: Perez Prado, Mano Negra, Gogol Bordello, Soda Stereo, Santana, Caifanes, Los Lobos, Cafe Tacuba, Bjórk, Manu Chao, Rage Against the Machine, Consumatum Est, Mono Blanco, Joe Satriani, BB King, Fela Kuti, Calle 13, Los Tigres del Norte, Silvio Rodriguez and many many more..

 

What is some music worth sharing? Something new? Local favorites?

B-Side Players, Cumbia Machin, MAKU Sound System, Ana Tijoux, Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta, Antenna The Band, Disko Eterno, Sones de Mexico, CALJE, Esso!, Sonorama, Brown Sabbaath, Puya, Chico Trujillo, Cafe Tacuba, Nortec Collective, etc..

 

 

 

 

Friday, 9/19 at the Green Room

The Damn Tracks, Chicago Style Weenies, and La Mata

21+ | $5 | Doors at 9, Show at 9:30

Get tickets HERE