Wed Sep 11 2019

7:00 PM (Doors 6:00 PM)

Subterranean

2011 W. North Ave Chicago, IL 60647

$15.00

All Ages

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Kickstand Productions Presents
Free Throw, Chris Farren, Youth Fountain, Macseal

  • Free Throw

    Free Throw

    Emo

    Free Throw Bio 2019-

    After two studio albums and nearly seven years as a band, Free Throw is making a significantchange to their identity. The group—who has sung openly of personal struggles related tosubstance abuse and body image—is holding nothing back onWhat’s Pastis Prologue, theirthird full length record, due out March 29, 2019 on Triple Crown Records.

    Past releases may have provided small glimpses into Free Throw’s history as a band andpersonal lives outside of music, butWhat’s Past is Prologueis the groupat their mostforthcoming. The 12 tracks contained on the album detail the continuing mental healthstruggles of lead singer Cory Castro, and serve as a complete story of what happens when youdecide that everything in your life needs to change.

    “This album is very much about me hitting rock bottom from a mental health standpoint andthe process I took in building myself back up,” Castro explained. “With the last record, I wastrying to talk about my mental health, but at the time I was actually going through it. The lastalbum felt like I was yelling from the void. This time I’m looking back into the void and I’m ableto understand what was going on.

    ”The beautiful anguish that often comes with personal growth and an unexpected reckoning ofself is palpable from the album’s outset. Beginning with “Smokes, Let’s Go”—a track oftransition that features surprisingly delicate vocals and simple strings switches to impassionedshouts and furious instrumentals—Free Throw lead us out of the darkness and intothe light.

    As Castro explains, the record is split into two parts. The first half ofWhat’s Past is Prologueexplores the weight of personal blame, with singles—including the gunning and practicallyunstoppable “Tail Whip, Struggle” and the limitless,swaying tenderness of “Stay Out Of TheBasement”—setting the stage for an impactful finale. As the album nears its conclusion,“Today Is Especially Delicious” provides a tumultuous turning point, with the band tearingthrough Castro’s shouted confessionof “Is this what I had planned for my life/I need a hand ofsome type to pull me up and break this cycle of drinking for breakfast.

    ”That frank sincerity propels the album forward, and serves as a catalyst of change for the band.As a group, Free Throwhas consistently turned their darkest days into moments that fans cansing and dance-along to, and for the first time, the band has arrived at this place where it’s allcoming together, and maybe this is really only just the beginning. “This is the first Free Throwrecord with a happy ending,” Castro said. “The album leads to an ending of where the bandstands today. We’re all happy to be doing what we’re doing, and it’s kind of the happy momentwhere we’ve become the band we were always meant to be.”

    FREETHROW:
    Cory Castro
    Lawrence Warner
    Justin Castro

  • Chris Farren

    Chris Farren

    Indie Rock

    Can’t Die is a clever blend of pop and gloom, the sort of record that will keep you dancing even when the lyrics cut deep. Farren, who cites Coconut Records, Belle & Sebastian, and Magnetic Fields as his influences while recording, has crafted a record that has a true indie-pop sensibility and remains musically upbeat throughout.

    Yet there is an undeniable sadness to certain tracks as well as a heavy focus on death and mortality, like on “Until I Can See The Light,” which was partly inspired by the death of Parks and Recreation writer Harris Wittels amongst other friends that have passed recently. It’s about “how weird it is that they’re gone,” explains Farren. “You don’t get to talk to them anymore.”

    Chris Farren is one of those names that is always on the tip of your tongue. Though he’s played in popular bands Fake Problems and Antarctigo Vespucci — and he’s become well-known for his inventive merch, including his take on the classic The Smiths shirt — Farren is still working on breaking out in the large world of singer-songwriters. After experimenting and honing his solo work on a few memorable EPs and a Christmas album called Like A Gift From God or Whatever, Farren is ready to become known for his own unique approach, on his own terms.

    At the end of the day, Can’t Die is a record that is wholly reflective of Chris Farren’s new sound. It’s not Fake Problems or Antarctigo Vespucci but instead it’s a sound that is entirely his: resonating indie-pop that captures all of the weird little anxieties of being in your twenties and realizing that you can’t control everything around you. Can’t Die adds some lightness to that, resulting in a record that makes listeners happy while also recognizing that it’s OK to be sad sometimes, too.

  • Youth Fountain

    Youth Fountain

    Pop Punk

  • Macseal

    Macseal

    Emo

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Kickstand Productions Presents

Free Throw, Chris Farren, Youth Fountain, Macseal

Wed Sep 11 2019 7:00 PM

(Doors 6:00 PM)

Subterranean Chicago IL
Free Throw, Chris Farren, Youth Fountain, Macseal

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