Wussy / North By North / Calliope
Friday, Jun 24, 2016 9:00 PM CDT
Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
21 years and over
WUSSY formed on a dare in 2001 when retired stonemason Chuck Cleaver (formerly of ASS PONY) and Lisa Walker began playing together as result of Cleaver’s stage fright. The band’s newest member, John Erhardt, has helped WUSSY truly come into its own, adding a David Gilmour-esque layer of heavy shoegaze pedal steel. Cleaver and Walker share singing and songwriting duties, trading lead vocals, harmonising in patterns on top of one another. Both are known for sharing tales of the supernatural combined with day-in-the-life portraits, both disquieting and tranquil. WUSSY have evolved over the last decade to become forerunners of New Midwestern Psychedelia. The band has been heralded by critics for both their songwriting and varied sonic palette, often drawing comparisons to admitted heroes, TELEVISION, VELVET UNDERGROUND, CRAZY HORSE, and YO LA TENGO. A power-trio of sorts, Chicago's NORTH BY NORTH play with more angular, heavy rock that's veers in spastic-but-anthemic directions. The band celebrated the release of their first LP in 2014. The record is called, Something Wicked, which is the perfect titled for the ball of hook-laden, noisy fury they've created in all EIGHTEEN songs. Fans of fuzzy, bluesy rock'n'roll aren't gonna want to miss their set tonight - be sure and pick up a copy of the record on your way out. Psych-rock crusaders CALLIOPE is a Milwaukee four-piece forged between the forces of the sun and the moon in a dingy basement in 2011. Their organ-heavy, self-titled debut (2013) showcased their reverberated garage rock vibe while the most recent album, Obis, captures the sonic amalgamation of electric fuzz, droning organs, thundering drums, crushing bass and soulful vocals. CALLIOPE has taken their sideshow rock circus to venues and festivals across Midwest, opening for such acts as our pals WHITE MYSTERY and THOSE DARLINS. Chicago psych-rock quintet DEAD FEATHERS kick things off, bringing their celestial grooves, fuzz-driven riffs and soaring female vocals to our stage for the very first time.