THE NEW CONSTITUTION (ex Wolfie, Firebird Band, Prairie Cartel)
The New Constitution (x-Wolfie, Firebird Band, Prairie Cartel) to play one-off Chicago reunion show; their first performance since disbanding in 2005. Between 2001-2005 The New Constitution were a staple in Chicago's local live music scene. Their debut (On 4, 2003) blended equal parts Chuck Berry, early '70s Badfinger and modern-day Sloan in a recipe of immediately-catchy and well-versed power pop. AllMusic dropped 4.5/5 stars stating, "This is a strong, almost stunning debut by a pop band that fans of modern power pop should be hip to" while Pop Matters clarified, "It’s an album driven by the same feelings that have led so many teenagers to pick up guitars and plug them into amps over the last 40 or so years." Dan Brown (bass/vocals), Mike Downey (guitar/vocals), Dan Marsden (drums), Mike Marsden (guitar) promise a set of songs spanning their somewhat short, yet productive stint. As Downey has been living abroad since the band called it quits, this is most definitely a rare chance to see The New Constitution bang it out one more time.
Blake is too young, Nixon's too drunk, Matt can only play one note and Lizz needs a watch to keep time. But we can vote.
The Bon Mots is a nod to simpler musical times when guitars were clean, vocals included "do do do dos", and standard 4/4 measures allowed for easy head bobbing and foot tapping. Formed in 2000 by Mike Coy and Eric Chial, The Bon Mots have definitely been able to tighten up their sound over the years and it seems as though everything on Le Main Drag is in its proper place.
Thomas Comerford is a songwriter, singer, guitar player and filmmaker in Chicago, IL.