Saturday, April 27 ~~ 8PMFacebook
Ohmme, Bunny, Cold Beaches
DOORS 8:00 PM
SHOW 9:00 PM
$12 ADVANCE / $14 DOS, 21+
Already celebrated as the “Heart of Chicago’s Music Community” (Noisey) by both fans and tastemakers alike, Ohmme (aka the duo of Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart) amalgamate the aggressive and the meditative on their bold debut full-length album, Parts.
Still in their 20s, Stewart and Cunningham are both classically trained musicians and are established players within the Chicago music scene. They are especially involved in performing and working for venues within the local experimental music scene. They’re constant collaborators and have recorded and toured with homegrown acts as varied as Tweedy, Whitney, Chance The Rapper and Twin Peaks.
Cunningham and Stewart are multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriters with a penchant for two instruments in particular. “The band started because we knew we could sing well together and we wanted to make some noise with the guitar,” says Cunningham. Stewart elaborates, “Sima and I are both trained classical pianists and we know many of the sonic spaces keyboards have to offer. Since we were interested in experimenting and creating something different from what we had both done in the past, we chose guitar as our outlet for this band. We wanted to create both new and uncomfortable parameters for ourselves to force us into a different creative space.” These guitar-heavy experiments are sometimes earthy and resounding, at other times shimmering and buzzing—swirling around the duo’s expertly crafted vocals while creating a chaotic bed of harmony. Cunningham’s smoky alto complements Stewart’s higher-register croon, all underpinned by the restrained yet highly inventive polyrhythmic percussion of drummer Matt Carroll. Think Amber Coffman and Angel Deradoorian-era Dirty Projectors.
Enlisting fellow Chicago cohorts Doug McCombs (Tortoise), Ken Vandermark and cellist Tomeka Reid, OHMME recorded and self-produced Parts from Cunningham’s Logan Square home studio, Fox Hall. With Parts, OHMME “wanted to capture a moment in time instead of something perfect.” The results are thrilling: from the pure pop opening track “Icon” to the candied sludge of “Peach” to the skipping rhythms of “Parts” and the dusky closer “Walk Me,” Parts draws from influences as diverse as Kate Bush and Brian Eno’s Here Come the Warm Jets to jazz and improvisational music, making for an electric debut listening experience.
This range from sweetly shiny 2-minute hypnotic bangers to woozy and sprawling 7-minute long tracks boasting moodily atmospheric wafting guitars and piercing feedback shows a band colliding thoughtfulness and creative ingenuity to produce music as unique as it is earworm-worthy. With Parts, OHMME manage to organically marry a breadth of divergent styles into an album that is cohesive, daring, and distinctly their own.
Bunny, formed in Chicago during the winter of 2016, toes the bleary line between dream pop and bedroom rock. The brainchild of Jessica Viscius, their tunes take on a soft grunge feel, mixing dainty, pretty melodies with hazy lyrics delicately laced with sarcasm. Her tongue and cheek songs are a testament to the tried-and-untrue stereotypes of female frailty, dependency, and hopeless romanticism.
Playing shows with the likes of Hinds, Snail Mail, Chastity Belt, The Lemon Twigs, Post Animal, Lionlimb, Sam Evian, Dent May, Lala Lala, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Paul Cherry, Dehd, among many others.
Cold Beaches is the current musical effort of Sophia Nadia, a Virginia born and Chicago based creative who is carving space for herself in the North American scene as an independent touring artist and band. Nadia writes and records her music alone, and often pairs poetry she has written on the road with riffs that take shape while practicing in the late hours of the night. Nadia effortlessly sculpts soft melody of voice from hazy rooms of fuzzed out guitars and driving rhyhtm, while bass rides melodic waves of parallel thought underneath it all. Her music is a walk to the corner store on a lazy day of slow thinking, a playful step down the sidewalk as the world opens up and suddenly you've found an inspiration you didn't expect.