Dark Fog Headline the First Looking Glass Showcase Tomorrow!

Super excited to kick off looking glass’ first showcase tomorrow night at the Burlington, and couldn’t be happier to have Dark Fog headlining the bill. I’m consistently in awe of how much noise these two guys make. And it’s GOOD noise – my kind of heavy, psychedelic rock and roll. Since the release of their 4-track “EXOTICA The Exciting Sounds Of Dark Fog” last May, they’ve been buying up analog recording gear in the form of various Reel to Reel recorders and upgrading some of their microphones. Alongside the hunting, they’re currently recording what will be Dark Fog’s next full-length record, which is outlined to be released this fall (Sept/Oct-ish). They took a few minutes before tomorrow’s show to talk influences and favorites, so hit play to give ‘em a listen and keep reading to learn more.

 

Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

60s psyche rock, 60s Sunshine Pop, The Funk Brothers, The Wrecking Crew, Scott Walker, the Pretty Things, Can, Amon Duul II, Betty Davis, Sly Stone, and, of course, we like a whole lot of the big boys of classic rock..like M.Bolan(t.rex), Zep, the Who, Bowie, etc…both of us sort of came of age as musicians in the 90s so we’re pretty partial to the whole shoegaze sound as well… at some point, as a musician, your influences become much harder to pinpoint, because there are probably too many to count…it also becomes this unconscious thing…musicians hear something cool and put it in their bag of tricks unknowingly…(Hacks Borrow, Artists Steal)…not to mention that some musicians (and non-musicians, for that matter) provide non-musical influences that will permeate the music to a degree…politics, attitudes, shit like that…

 

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

Love the new Rabble Record, Energy Gown, anything with Ben Billingsley on it, Ryley Walker, Crime Wave, Dead RiderMiracle Condition, Mako Sika, Velcro Lewis, VamosLawrence Peters Outfit, anything off Eye Vybe or Maximum Pelt, Jacco Gardner…There’s so much cool shit going on right now in Chicago…pretty much if our friends are in it, it must be cool…hahahahaha…but honestly, Ryley Walker’s West Wind EP was incredibly powerful…

 

 

Wednesday, 7/23 at the Burlington

with Names Divine, The Hanging Gardens and DJ Psychedalex

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

Aggro Control Opens the Show Tonight!

Aggro Control’s getting the night started tonight, opening the show with hard punk rock&roll. When not playing shows, they’re definitely keeping busy. Right now they’re building a recording studio and silk screening, so soon they’ll be pumping out their own merch; talk about DIY. They also have a music video and a demo in the making, so be sure to keep a look out. Until then, hit play below, keep reading to learn more, then come on out tonight to the show!

 

Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

Our musical influences are pretty wide, though the most immediate influence is from old punk and rock n roll.  We value the DIY ethic as a means of artistic execution and also creation.

 

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

The most interesting scene we’ve been a part of is the DIY south side punk scene, with bad ass bands such as La Armada, Eske, Foreign Policy, SUSHI and a dozen others.  These guys have been making punk on their own terms in their own spaces for generations and the most responsive and energetic crowds are consistently younger kids in the south side scene.  As cliche as it may sound, these young kids are the future of Chicago punk.

 

 

Thursday, 7/10 at the Green Room

with 29 Needles and Edgar Allan Ectoplasm

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

Get tickets HERE