Methyl Ethel / Blonder / J Fernandez
Thursday, Apr 13, 2017 9:00 PM CDT
Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
21 years and over
METHYL ETHEL is the uninhibited alt-pop project from Perth musician Jake Webb. The band started in 2013, as an outlet for the reverb soaked home recordings Webb was working on whilst developing his ambient and textural guitar playing in a variety of local outfits. METHYL ETHEL has since blossomed into one of the most critically revered and publicly embraced acts coming out of Western Australia in some time. Built from the ground up in various bedrooms, friends’ studios and quiet caverns over 2013, the exceptional EP diptych Guts and Teeth, which explore themes of anxiety, disillusionment and stasis, were released in quick succession. These intricate tapestries of melody, dripping with lush eccentricity, ascended through the ether and onto the airwaves, with Indie Shuffle, Happy, triple j, FBi Radio, 3RRR and RTRFM amongst others all taking note.
New York City's Constantine Anastasakis presentED the debut EP from his musical project, BLONDER, in late September 2016. Recorded between New York and LA, EP1 utilizes sonic and lyrical dualities as means of passively graphing the highs and "lows of a void and voracious romance. Romantic narratives of mainstay indie rock are relit in a light self-determined "coolness" while instrumentation from 80s New Wave is employed against Constantine's self-assured voice to create a sense of personal and sonic nostalgia.
J FERNANDEZ is a cartographer by trade who ditched his day job to focus on his lo-fi bedroom pop songwriting. Since that fateful decision, FERNANDEZ has become a staple in the Chicago scene of DIY weirdos, animators, freak folkers and rabble rousers. Mr. FERNANDEZ’s music is that of a timeless piñata, like an old penny that’s made the rounds and been touched by many hands. Ever since his tapes released on Teen River and Pretty All Right, we knew this young rocker was promising. Here he is, proving us right.