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Slim Twig / Mayor Daley / Problem [Cool Memories]

Friday, Sep 18, 2015 9:00 PM CDT
Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
21 years and over

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SLIM TWIG is a Toronto native named MAX TURNBULL who tears through more ideas and styles in one record than most bands do throughout their career. Idiosyncratic and chalk full of murky, demented inspiration, TWIG’s newest album, Thank You For Stickin' With Twig, out last month on DFA Records. The most sonically immersive album in TWIG's sprawling discography, the new album arrives at a perfectly produced fusion of sample-based song-writing and and live-recording, analogue textures mixed with a digital approach. Showcasing his interest in classic rock songwriting, 60s psych and the friendly oddities of lo-fi home recording, Thank You For Stickin' With Twig flirts here with a variety of vibes, most often opting for a three dimensional approach: A warped tape aura is overlaid with colourful, laser-cut keyboard and guitar melodies, all while TWIG irreverently raids rock & roll of its symbolism, sexuality, and social ambition for ulterior subversions. Pitchfork has called SLIM TWIG "A twilight zone of madness and provocation... Its hard-psych is ugly, alluring carnival music that warps and melts before us just as we begin to trust it. Through it all though, there’s an undercurrent of humor and fun." Local trio-turned-duo MAYOR DALEY returns to grace our stage with their doomy, distinctly apocalyptic noise-rock that shatters ear drums and rattles insides. We've been delighted to watch them develop over the last few years and they've blown away our packed room numerous times, most recently at the Ray Ellingsen Tribute. In the words of the Chicago Reader, witnessing their lurching, eerie and sludgy rock live "feels an awful lot like cheating death." Opening the show is PROBLEM, the brand new band from our old pals in COOL MEMORIES. Expect some warped and twisted pop songs with dramatic, occasionally-soaring vocals, shimmering keys and throwback drum-machine rhythms, as seen on their debut EP, courtesy of Lake Paradise Records.

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