The Kickback / The Noise FM / Aaron & the Sea / Ghastly Menace
Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 8:30 PM CST
Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
21 years and over
Noisy rockers THE KICKBACK came to life when brothers BILLY and DANNY YOST moved to Chicago from South Dakota and put up an incredibly detailed Craigslist post to lure bassist EAMON DONNELLY and guitarist JONNY IFERGEN. In their five years together, the band has released a hand full of EPs and singles, including their most recent single, "Rob Our House," a rambling, post-punk-inflected tale of when BILLY & DANNY's apartment was burglarized while they were moving into their first practice space. Sound Opinions critic Jim DeRogatis wrote of THE KICKBACK's live show: “The stories have begun to spread about [the band’s] explosive live performances, with the members cheerfully owning up to the occasional broken chairs and bloody knuckles.” Originally from Lawrence, KS but now calling Chicago home, THE NOISE FM plays melodic, beat-driven indie-rock that can really get the hips shaking, if you knwo what we mean. The four-piece does loud and soft equally well - they build anthemic songs with fuzzy synths and gnarly guitar riffs, but aren't afraid to show their softer side with those groove-heavy sexy-time vibes. After three years, a move to a city where they knew no one, and a couple mid-twenty existential crises (you remember), THE NOISE FM is set to release their debut full-length, Attraction. Any band that can be described as "murder-pop" and "nightmare pop" is fine by us, so we feel damn lucky to have found Minneapolis duo AARON & THE SEA. Formed in 2008, the band's accessible, pop-esque vocal melodies are laid atop dark synths, driving rhythms and an impenetrable lo-fi eeriness, as seen on their most recent release, the stark and chilly Cloak & Dagger EP, out this past November. Experimental pop band GHASTLY MENACE came together in 2010 and their crunchy but delicate songwriting has really started to flex its muscles on their 2013 single, 80s/While You're Here. The band was able to catch the ear of WBEZ, who said the group "may sound like a dangerous and motley crew, but the name belies the band’s indie-pop slant."