Take Back Kings
/ The Hawthorne Effect / Lullwater / The Blushing Gun
Saturday, Jan 19, 2013 8:00 PM CST
(8:00 PM Doors)
- Saturday, Jan 19, 2013 11:55 PM CST
Ultra Lounge, Chicago, IL
21 years and over
TAKE BACK KINGS
Mention the names Matt or Todd Clemmer in the Dayton, OH music scene and you’ll imbue respect and admiration. The twin brothers began their epic journey in the late nineties as Clemmer Jane and later as simply Clemmer. After many successful years Clemmer disbanded amicably in 2008 and from the dust emerged a new band with a ferocious drive to create powerful music with a purpose. Todd Clemmer kept the Clemmer rhythm section in tact with Ryan Littman on Bass Guitar and Mark McFarland on drums. Littman, or Lit as he’s known by close friends, is truly a Rock ‘N’ Roll bassist in every way. Watching him stomp on his overdrive pedal with reckless abandon you are reminded that Rock is meant to be loud, in your face, and most of all fun. Like Littman, McFarland is a veteran of the Dayton, OH music scene. After working and touring the world in several successful bands he found himself taking over drumming duties for the Clemmer brothers. “From the first song we played together it worked perfectly,” he’s said about joining Clemmer. He truly found not only musicians he worked well with but a family. The final addition to the Take Back Kings was Guitarist Adam Brooks, who had played for years with the sometimes infamous Dayton band Saint Cycle. Together they have formed a unit with an undeniable sense of making something bigger than the individuals involved. Todd now resides in Chicago with the band splitting duties between Dayton and Illinois. The “Let it be Known” EP was released in 2011.
THE HAWTHORNE EFFECT
“The Hawthorne Effect” is the phenomenon by which knowing one is being observed affects one’s behavior.
Every day we are watched by eyes in the sky, by computers and cell phones, by others around us, and by estranged parts hidden deep within, alternate identities within our very selves. This knowing is part of our reality and this reality is now.
Lullwater is a gritty, grungy music -- is just the latest expression of a friendship between Brett and John that began four years ago, when Brett first moved to Athens, Georgia, at 18 and a mutual friend introduced them. Brett invited him to sit in with his band that very night. John was so impressed that he invited Brett to play his own acoustic show in a later timeslot.
“I was just blown away with what Brett was doing. He was doing all this great looping stuff on stage,” says John. “The first thing that popped into my head was I want Brett to be in my band and play my music.”
THE BLUSHING GUN -
Live, The Blushing Gun is a treat. Armed with just their instruments, wits, and an orange 1976 Chevy Van they call “The Orange Blossom Special” what couldn’t be fun right! The band has rolled around and performed in almost every situation out there. Parties, Bars, Fundraisers, and has even shared venues with National Acts, has never failed to entertain, and is always remembered by friends and foes alike.