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KEVIN AND HELL
THE CURLS hail from Chicago but seem to mentally reside in outer space or perhaps the lush palm tree lined hills of Hollyweird. An all-star cast of Chicago musicians led by band leader Mick Fansler, the sextet blends genres like these health nuts blend their smoothies. As such their music has been labeled Psych Pop, Art Rock, Nu-Angular Guitar, Real Chicago Blues and even Hardcore Experimental Adult Contemporary. The Harvard Crimson reported, "The Curls are a fun, nostalgic sextet whose genre fluidity necessitates a string of hyphenated descriptors—art-funk-jazz-psycho-punk-pop-rock doesn’t even cover all the bases." An impressive and widely praised performance at Pitchfork Music Festival in 2018 has led to a growing and unstable fanbase. The Curls have shared stages with popular music greats like Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett, Maps and Atlases, Post Animal and Texas Fred. The group's 2017 record SUPER UNIT received approval from legendary guitar rocker Adrian Belew (King Crimson, Talking Heads). Belew raved typing in all caps via Facebook Messenger, "I LIKE IT!"
This 6-piece has played The Bottle stage a couple two-tree times before, including a sold-out show with Post Animal back in August, and we’re stoked to hear what kind of wild and sporadic sounds they're cooking up this time around.
From the garages of the Southern Californian rock scene to the afterhours jazz hangs of Chicago, KEVIN AND HELL tell a story of the future in the past. They are versed in the idioms of jazz dating back as far as 100 years, as well as recent innovations in rock and electrically generated sound. From this foundation they synthesize a new sound that bespeaks of the shape of music yet to come. Comprised of musicians equally comfortable at either a jazz club or house party basement, they function as a gateway for rock and roll aficionados to behold the majesty of jazz.
Joining this already stellar lineup is Chicago's own LES STRYCHNINE, bringing their stripped-down aesthetic that combines elements of glam, garage, surf and post punk, feeding as much off classic pop songwriting as they do psychedelic riffing and extended jamming. LES STRYCHNINE has been playing brand new material after years of inactivity. NOT TO BE MISSED.