/ The Bismarck / Korean Jeans / Hungry Man
Thursday, Apr 05, 2018 9:00 PM CDT
(9:00 PM Doors)
Quenchers, Chicago, IL
21 years and over
MINT MILE (members of Bottomless Pit, Silkworm, Songs: Ohio)
Preserve and transmit: thought, feeling, impression, memory. Chicago, IL etc.
The Bismarck is a group of friends originally from North Dakota. We have been playing music together, in one combination or another, since 1992. Having all relocated to Seattle, The Bismarck came together in 2002. The music is loud, noisy, ragged rock. A big part of our focus is on doing pretty much everything ourselves, from building instruments to printing t-shirts to driving ourselves around the US, UK and Europe. Our newest album "Go With Your Heart" will be released just prior to this short tour of the midwest in early April.
Korean Jeans has been a concern for close to half a decade now. After a cross-country move from Boston to Chicago, Beth (tuba) and Neal (non-tuba) are back to do things more often when they can. In 2016, they released their note-for-note re-recording of Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet's "Savvy Show Stoppers" and recently recorded their 3rd album, which should be out in early April.
When thinking of a band like "Hungry Man" the word "audacity" comes to mind; from their debut performance at this years PRF Thundersnow, the quartet of Jeff Fox, Eliya Gwetta, Jim Kamp, and Andy Kosinski performed six out of seven originally composed songs, and tacked on a cover for good measure. Now, that sounds like some no frills business, but the songs these men put forth were incredibly muscular, well honed salvos of rock and roll aggression. There was not a single clumsy misstep, unlike every other band that has had a debut performance. These jerks had the audacity to play every single song like we all had the record, like we all knew what was coming and like they had worked on them for years. This is the sound of a full figured band--enough space for everyone to breath and step into the light. Loud, taut, aggressive without beating you over the head with it. Instead of punching you in the teeth without thought, they've been eyeing you all night. They know what you've been doing wrong and they body you into the corner until you cool down and think about what you did. Are you good? Okay, you gonna walk out of here calmly now? Okay. This band man...bunch of audacious jerks, with their already realized ideas of how to be a seriously unique rock band. Thank god they didn't give the drummer a microphone.