Artist of the Month

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March 2015
Blood Sound
Blood Sound’s post-punk tracks are informed by an audible nostalgia for the dance floors and goth clubs of the latter ‘80s. Their latest LP Nightclub is a hybrid of dark wave and dream pop. Marrying synth-drenched harmonies with emotively vibrant lyricism, the subtle romantics of the band’s debut full-length fit seamlessly with the buzzing percussive backbeats of earlier cuts by Cold Cave (circa Love Comes Close) or The Cure’s “Primary” stripped bare to its core.
“TV Synth 1” sets the tone for Nightclub’s narrative with a brief yet textured prelude to “I Don’t Want.” Relatable like an antithesis of The Smiths’ “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out,” Blood Sound’s “I Don’t Want” personifies the complexities of yearning, desire, and loneliness. As frontman Chris Jordan croons “I don’t want the city’s lights to go down/I don’t want to find home,” guitar riffs magnify the weight of his words without casting them melodramatic. The track is a fitting anthem for the passing of youth, failed love, and transition.
The buzzing start of “L.A. Punk” explores that thin line between authenticity and commoditization, the song’s instrumentation paying homage in its own way to the early underground and its subsequent subcultures. As if channeling a sedated rendition of Peter Murphy’s tone and diction, “L.A. Punk” is as memorable as it is brooding. “Acid Summer” gives an inward glimpse at the intimate nature of grief, mortality, and memory. When Jordan sings, “The 1980s died that day,” the listener feels it in their gut. It’s undeniable. The connection between what is experienced and how that experience is remembered is amplified by the track’s thumping tempo.
“Empty” plays out like the perfect soundtrack to an inevitable breakup, coupling affection with exhaustion, with the synth framing the heart-wrenching truth of lines like “I was too in love to say/that your story was a bore/Now I gave up on bad dreams and endings/beginnings and beginnings.” It offers a viable catharsis for jilted lovers with a penchant for fuzzed-out refrains.
“TV Synth 2” precedes the lyrically minimal yet heavy “Embrace” which serves as Nightclub’s melodic memento mori. “Almost” is subdued yet gripping, slowing the momentum of the record in advanced of “TV Synth 3,” which unfolds like a VHS fever dream. “Fake Blood” is evocative, with reverb and a pulsating backbeat that swells as the song progresses. Arguably the darkest track on the album, Jordan’s diction is hypnotic, “Kill your dreams and wait for/the fake blood to pour out.”
Ending with the well-placed “Catacombs,” Nightclub’s final track encapsulates the thrill of beginnings and the way one remembers them. Set to a beat reminiscent of Joy Division’s quintessential single “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” “Catacombs,” much like the songs that precede it, is reason alone to return to Nightclub. - Dianca London Potts

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Chicago's Best of 2014 (Readers' and Fans' Poll): 1. The Way Down Wanderers, 2. Werewolves At Hour 30, 3. Burnside & Hooker

Deli Readers,

The Deli Chicago's Best of 2014 Readers and Fans' Poll for local emerging artists is over, thanks to all those who cast their vote in support of the emerging local bands and artists in our list of nominees. 

We happily announce the three top band in this contest: The Way Down Wanderers, Werewolves At Hour 30 and Burnside & Hooker!

Stay tuned for the finalcomposite chart, to be released soon, which will include details about the point nominees accumulated from the jurors and Deli writers' votes, and will crown The Deli's Best Emerging Chicago Artist of 2014.

1. The Way Down Wanderers


2. Werewolves At Hour 30


3. Burnside & Hooker


Here's this poll's top 10 chart, full results can be found here

The Way Down Wanderers 799
Werewolves At Hour 30 707
Burnside & Hooker 279
Secret Colours 133
Gramps the Vamp 127
Hand Practices 85
Bailiff 78
American Wolf 67
Zaramela 63

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Rob Jacobs

Rob Jacobs released his latest album this week via the local label International Anthem. The eponymous ethereal folk effort is available on vinyl or cassette.

You can catch Rob Jacobs at Constellation on March 6th with Moon Bros.


Heroine Complex

Heroine Complex is the solo songwriting project of Ashly Dalene of Belleisle and One Wing Low. She recently released Hollow, the first EP in a three part series of "short rock operas". Dalene's music is darkly melodic and focused nature and haunting nightmares.


Taken By The Sun

Doom rockers Taken By The Sun are self-releasing a new skull crushing self-titled album on Feb. 24th. The first single is called "Ornaflux". You can pre-order the album today.


Aviation and the War

Aviation and the War is the work of singer/songwriter Matt Buenger. Along with Joe Christopoulos he released an album this past fall called Haste. The album is gritty, soulful, and filled with compelling tales.



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