Jaime Rojo came to be in 2009 when Daniel Villarreal-Carillo (Wild Belle, Dos Santos) and Jim Drake (Mucca Pazza, Elephant Gun, Strange Lovelies) got together to play some of Jim's Bowie/Beatles-esque indie-rock in Woodstock, IL. They quickly learned of their mutual fascination for 1970s West African pop which bolstered them to create a new catalogue of music that was vibrant, dancy, and groovy. Teaming up with bassist Neal Neumann and guitarist Nathan Karagiannis (Dos Santos), the group garnered influences from the likes of Metronomy, the Clash, and Talking Heads (ala Remain in Light) to create their debut LP Running Mates. They have recently been joined onstage and in the studio by Vivian McConnell (Grandkids, Santah, Vivi Lightbody), who adds depth to the groove and melody of their sound. Jaime Rojo is currently recording a new LP.
A quirky mesh of folk rock and pop punk with inclinations toward the lo-fi/ambient spectrum. From sweeping synth textures to colorful layers of autoharp and steel guitar, their sound pivots across multiple genres to create a diverse sonic landscape.
In 2008, long-time friends Eden Sierotnik and Kyle Irwin moved to Chicago in pursuit of creating music. Musicians already, they collaborated on songs and created demos in their apartment under the name Color Card. In 2009, Ben Kaufmann, then interning at Engine Studios, invited them to record a few of their songs. After recording at Engine, Sierotnik and Irwin continued to write and in 2010 they produced an EP entitled Zegary. Drawing from a folk aesthetic, much of the album was done with acoustic instruments. Though adding a minimal synthesized textures, however, the EP was recognized as an experimental record. The following year, they released another set of songs entitled Vacation, which demonstrated their improving production quality and songwriting. With a heavier focus on electric guitar and bass, their material became easier to perform live. With a selection of songs from both releases, Color Card performed at venues such as the Bottom Lounge, the Empty Bottle, the Beat Kitchen, the Whistler, and the Subterranean, among others around Chicago. They were also invited to perform on WESN 88.1 in Bloomington and have been aired on WLUW 88.7 and WBEW 89.5 in Chicago. In August of 2012, Color Card released their third collection of entitled So Long. It has already garnered attention from Chicago Tunes, the Whistler Blog, and the Chicago Reader. Fading out the use of an acoustic drumset, much of the percussion is synthesized. Irwin and Sierotnik harmonize for much of the record allowing their voices to blend with other instruments. The band continues to perform music from all three albums and is planning to begin writing new material in early 2013.
JUSTIN TURNER (of Tin Tin Can)
The former songwriter of Chicago band Tin Tin Can returns from a five year musical hiatus to debut 10 new songs. Themes of depersonalization and cosmic pain dominate as he explores the darker recesses of the human imagination through mid-tempo post-punk anthems.