DIM is a steadily-rising Chicago band that crafts aggressive, heavy shoegaze. The songs have a deep, arresting quality that lock into a groove and distort the senses, leaving the listener broken and begging for more. Though it may feel like DIM is attempting to tear apart your perception of reality, they'll hook you back with lush-yet-noisy instrumentation that's reminiscent of early-MY BLOODY VALENTINE and RIDE. Tonight we get to celebrate the release of their 12" record via Rotted Tooth Recordings.
Chicago band LUGGAGE is comprised of members of BASIC CABLE, LOOSE DUDES and CLEARED. Formed in 2015, they've already given the world a debut LP, Sun, on Automatic Recordings. The trio's dark, noisy blend of shoegaze, post-punk and droning psychedelia is intensely hypnotic. Now Empty Bottle veterans after opening for San Francisco's post-punk band MALE GAZE in August and intense noise-rock duo LIGHTNING BOLT in September for a Red Bull Sound Select show, LUGGAGE returns to us to help celebrate the release of their latest full length, Three, out on cassette courtesy of Don Giovanni.
RUNNING, a trio who are certainly no strangers to our stage/bar/green room. A few years ago, these fellas caught the ear of THEE OH SEES' very own JOHN DWYER and his own Castle Face Records put out the band's third record, Vaguely Ethnic, in the summer of 2013. The LP continues RUNNING's path of destruction in Chicago and beyond, as as their latest slab of wax, Wake Up Applauding. As Castle Face once said themselves: They play with their food before they eat… flay into a terse punk trance, a Kraut-beat psycho riff for ages, mesmerize or terrorize…but invariably they unleash The Sound upon us just when it seems most likely to bring back your lunch.
The SKIM MELK DJs (Miranda and Bart of Chicago band Melkbelly) will spin tasty tunes before, in-between and after sets. Delicious.