The final new music round-up for 2021 brings an indie artist full-circle with Rock in Chicago, from showcasing their first EP in 2012 to now their latest full-length that came out in November. Also highlighted is a killer cover collaboration featuring two amazing indie groups coming together to help raise awareness for an incredibly important cause. In this month’s round up is also a return of a long-time punk veteran with a new project along with releases by some fresh up-and-coming talent.
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Impulsive Hearts Featuring Djunah
Impulsive Hearts featuring Djunah – Radio Friendly Unit Shifter (NIRVANA cover)
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With two official releases and a handful of singles to their name, Chicago alternative act Polarizer sought to make a definitive statement when they embarked on creating their newest album, “Love From The Underground.”
The 12-track LP, produced by Noam Wallenberg (who helmed their 2013 debut as well), marries the spacey textures and ethereal vocals found in their previous work with muscular grooves and brawny guitar riffs.
The backbone of their evolved sound comes courtesy of drummer/vocalist Johnathan Schiller and bassist Chris Shen, who had been performing live with the group since 2016 but hadn’t yet been featured on a recording. Each contributed original material to the group of songs that would form “Love From The Underground.”
The quintet, which also features guitarist/vocalist Ian Palmer and keyboardist Stan Tencza, marks 10 years in existence with the release of “Love From The Underground.”
“Talkin’ shit, makin’ hits.”
Groupchat is an indie-rock quintent that literally formed via group chats.
Check them out at Reggies Sunday, December 19th.
Tobin Rock has embraced the movement of global collaboration, partnering with amazingly-talented musicians, technicians, and industry leaders from around the world to create and orchestrate hard-driving rock arrangements, and epic compositions. While Tobin Rock is based in Chicago, collaborators have hailed from thirteen countries covering the globe including Italian virtuoso violinist, Lucia La Rezza, renowned British session guitarist Damien Nolan, and Grammy-award-winning mixer Dom Morley.
Tobin Rock is committed to inspiring us to consider the world we live in. “As an artist, songwriter, musician, etc., you should write, speak, and create from whatever inspires you. As there is so much crazy going on in the world right now, I feel committed to attacking social issues and confronting what is really affecting or challenging us all. It is so inspiring to come together and create music with top talent from around the world and embrace the potential of international collaboration.”
Tobin Rock’s will be releasing a new single every six weeks and working with the home band in Chicago as they prepare for touring in 2022.
Pino Farina Band
The Pino Farina Band released their new EP, “Daisies” today.
As described by the band, the release is a “pushing up daisies” collection of songs dealing with self-doubt, relationship struggles, rock bottoms and situations where life turns on a dime.
Vocalist and lyricist Pino Farina’s voices lifts the listener out of the darkness with an impressive five-octave voice reminiscent of the late indie-rocker Jeff Buckley. The tunes bring a strong undercurrent of hope – redemption and renewal are on the way through these trying times.
Riki MJ Adams is the vocalist for Chicago-based Doom-Groove Metal outfit Uncouth.
In 2020 while feeling the itch to do something as the year’s solitude wore on, they began working on tracks for what would become a number of solo releases.
Later, in 2021, Riki began playing the theremin, closing out their year incorporating effects and looper pedals with lyrical/vocal improvisation live from the newly christened BRNDLFLI recording corner.
General Joystick was formed in 2009 in Arlington Heights. The band is lead by Ken Fritz and features a rotating lineup of friends and collaborators. Overall the project has amassed 7 LPs and other releases totalling over 90 songs ranging from electronic synth-rock to alternative guitar-based jams.
Four veteran Chicago punks came together in 2020 to form The Creepers. The band includes former members of Anxiety High and Sluggo.
Jake County’s only goal in life is to literally rock as hard as he can until he dies.
Walcot’s debut single “Dreamin’ Away” from the upcoming Songs for the Disenfranchised EP is the return of rock with pop appeal – channeling the mass disillusionment that people have today towards our increasingly polarized and often alienating cultural climate.
As the title suggests, it’s about dissociating from a world that doesn’t care to make sense of you. How do we ‘dream away’? We do so by escaping into our own heads and daydreaming of a place we’d rather be. “Dreamin’ Away” and the other two upcoming songs from Songs for the Disenfranchised seek to provide catharsis for those who feel isolated and alienated by modern popular culture, politics, the pandemic, or any of the million other things in today’s chaotic world by telling them: “Hey, you are not alone.”