Unwed Sailor, Discoveries of the American Scientific

Tue Apr 16 2019

7:00 PM (Doors 6:30 PM)

Downstairs (at Subterranean)

2011 W. North Ave Chicago, IL 60647

$10.00

Ages 17+

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Kickstand Productions Presents
Unwed Sailor, Discoveries of the American Scientific

  • Unwed Sailor

    Unwed Sailor

    Alternative Rock

    With over 20 years of music under his belt, Johnathon Ford, the visionary behind Unwed Sailor, presents a new offering in his expansive interpretation of instrumental
    music.
    Throughout the band’s career, Ford has leapt in a myriad of instrumental directions, from angular post-rock rhythms, to dreamy ambient soundscapes, to the sound of homemade instruments playing storybook nursery rhymes. Though all these directions vary in style, all of the albums share a certain melodic sensibility, a flavor that’s undeniably Ford’s, yet each has its own unique place in creating the sound and vision of Unwed Sailor. 
    In effect, the band’s discography feels like a collection of postcards from different times and places. 



    This, of course, includes Heavy Age, the band’s most recent full-length (and first in a decade), whose leaden beats land heavier and bass churns harder than the band’s predecessors. 
    “With Heavy Age,” Ford says, “I wanted this to feel like an Unwed Sailor live record. Like if you came to an Unwed show, this is what you’d hear—heavy and bombastic, like grabbing someone by the shirt.”
    Still Heavy Age also contains glints and sparks of the albums that preceded it. Songs
    like “Indian Paintbrush” and “ACAXAO,” for example, feature Little Wars’s wavering momentum, it’s swarming effervescence; others like “Nova” feature The White Ox’s vast expanses. 
    Though nothing quite captures the aesthetic of The Marionette and the Music Box, the album possesses a similar sense of narration, as if each track feels like a chapter in an epic story. 
    In effect, Heavy Age feels like the culmination of everything that Unwed Sailor has released—and a touchstone toward which the band has been building for years. But the only way to understand their sound and style, to truly comprehend the breadth of their depth, is to pick up their stack of postcards—starting with Heavy Age, the darkest and densest—and flip through them one at a time. 
     
     

  • Discoveries of the American Scientific

    Discoveries of the American Scientific

    Indie Rock

    Discoveries of the American Scientific is an electronic indie-rock band from Chicago, Illinois. Joseph Wood is the primary song-writer of the group and has been writing songs his whole life. Growing up in Chicago helped to form Joe’s melodic and working-class sensibilities. Playing in the Chicago music scene in the later 1990s and 2000s helped to hone his song-writing ability and musicianship. He has opened for national acts such as World Party, Beck, Joan of Arc, The Sea and Cake, Wilco, Jimmy Eat World, The Coctails, Pinebender, Yo La Tengo, Mavis Staples, Dr. Dog, Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes, and OAR. 

     In 2016, Discoveries released the “The Mercury Transit”, a collection of songs taken and written from a notebook diary that had been fatefully given to him by a girl named Gracie, whom he had given a ride to Chicago in 2003. As fate would have it, Joe would be one of the last people who would know Gracie in this life, as it was abruptly cut short shortly soon after their meeting. This collection of songs and lyrics taken from this notebook deals with life’s eternal questions and longing for something more.

     

    Discoveries began recording this record with Jamie Wagner at Strobe Studios in Chicago with drummer and longtime friend Brian St. Clair (Local H, Triple Fast Action and ROTA). This record received a warm reception and was voted by Paste Magazine’s and Daytrotter’s one of the best independent releases of 2016. Currently, Discoveries is working on a new record with producer Doug McBride (Verruca Salt, Fall Out Boy) slated for release in June of 2019.

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Kickstand Productions Presents

Unwed Sailor, Discoveries of the American Scientific

Tue Apr 16 2019 7:00 PM

(Doors 6:30 PM)

Downstairs (at Subterranean) Chicago IL
Unwed Sailor, Discoveries of the American Scientific

$10.00 Ages 17+

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