/ Roar / The Gunshy / Milked
Thursday, Nov 09, 2017 9:00 PM CST
(9:00 PM Doors)
Quenchers, Chicago, IL
21 years and over
Rad Payoff continues to be one of the most cursed bands in the biz. Maybe it's because they use words like "BIZ."
"Though it’s easy to devote the bulk of discussion to the more technical aspects of ROAR’s evolution as a band, their true strength lies not in their influences or instruments, but instead in Owen Evans’ seemingly natural compositional strength. The man behind ROAR has been compared to Brian Wilson by numerous publications, a comparison that is not made lightly. Evans’ sense of emotional movement and dynamic contrast is astounding, allowing him to weave through dark lyrical topics gracefully in what some might consider to be the graceless medium of wall-of-sound pop. “Impossible Animals” rarely goes all out, but when it does (in a reworked version of “Hope”, for instance) the results induce shivers. In the span of an almost frustratingly brief 28 minutes, ROAR prove beyond a reasonable doubt that their finished work is worth the wait. Rather than becoming discouraged, listeners should be ecstatic if Owen Evans takes as long to complete his next album as he did for this one." - Soren Spicknall, TechNews
"While it's easy to classify Silent Songs as a return, I see it more as a celebration. A heart felt love letter to music and what it has given Arbogast (and letting go of what its taken from him too). There is genuine inspiration and salvation in these songs. The disappointment of seeing peers pack it in is real, but so is the joy he takes from the memories, the tours and people he's met. He is excited as he is reflective. This is a look back at the last ten years, but it's also an artist being able to exist entirely in the moment, unfazed by the state of music or what the future will bring. In reality, the full band feel of these songs is a reinvention of The Gunshy sound. It's as much punk rock as a solitary, bar room prophet. Gang vocals, triumphant horns, swells of strings and a quickened pace all give these songs a more vibrant finish. Arbogast can still pen delicate finger picked ballads (Getting High in Denver / Ten Years) but it's the energetic, raw numbers that really define this LP. Arbogast has found a new sound, a new well of creativity from which he can draw. Silent Songs is a manifesto of sorts, a reason to keep singing, writing, and touring. A reason to keep living and keep loving. We all need reason to keep the blood coursing through our veins, and search for the cause that makes us willing to let our blood stain the fields of battle." - Herohill
Milked is the project of Kelly Johnson (ex-Geronimo!). You can place your dislike or indifference of its music squarely on his shoulders. The rest of Geronimo! comprises the live band for Milked. Geronimo! is still good friends.