November’s round-up brings us some continuation with artists featured earlier in the year who are putting out new singles along with some new faces who have come in through the network effect of our podcast guest recommendations and Guest List features.
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Chicago-based Indie pop band, The Webstirs, released their sixth full-length album the self-titled The Webstirs on Friday, October 15th.
“Making a record the past couple years has been a tricky thing for musicians to navigate, but I’m super proud of this album”, said producer and longtime collaborator Matt Allison (Lawrence Arms/Split Single/Alkaline Trio), “Filled with the same pop hooks and sonic textures that appear on all their records, this one also benefits from the full-time addition of vocalist and guitar player Doug Bobenhouse. It is a true gem.”.
Formed in 1994 by childhood friends Preston Pisellini (guitars/keys/vocals) and Mark Winkler (keys/vocals), the band’s lineup includes drummer Jordan Kozer (Redwalls), bassist Gregg Juhlin (Slugs) and Doug Bobenhouse (The Sun Sawed in 1/2) on guitars/vocals.
Dan Vapid and the Cheats
In January of 2020, Dan Vapid and the Cheats began recording their fourth full-length album at Encapsulated Studios in St. Louis, Missouri. They opted to stop the session due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and the session sat in limbo for over a year. Upon receiving the Covid-19 vaccine, singer Dan Vapid continued the session in the summer of 2021. Now they are ready to release their fourth full-length, Escape Velocity, due out on November 5th via Eccentric Pop Records.
“Escape Velocity exemplifies the trials and tribulations the Coronavirus pandemic has had on all of us. But life goes on. And the year hiatus made clear that this life is too short to not do what you love. The single, ‘Runaway Jane’ is inspired by John Updike’s novel, Rabbit, Run. I thought about what it would be like if a woman from a small town in Illinois left her husband without giving him a warning. I pictured a woman who felt she lived her entire life serving the prescribed roles in our society, only for it to blow into a middle-age existential crisis.” – Dan Vapid
Dan Vapid And The Cheats is a punk rock band featuring singer, songwriter, and guitarist Dan Vapid. A veteran of the punk scene who has played in influential bands such as Screeching Weasel, The Riverdales, Sludgeworth, The Methadones, Noise By Numbers, The Mopes, and the Queers. The current lineup features Dan Vapid (Vocals/Guitar), Simon Lamb (guitars/vocals), Dillon Dunnagan (bass/vocals), and Gabe Usery (drums/vocals).
In 2013, they released their self-titled debut (recorded by Justin Perkins), a sophomore LP titled Two, produced by Matt Allison (Alkaline Trio, Lawrence Arms), a split 7″ with Masked Intruder, a split 7″ with The Jetty Boys, and made an appearance on Our Lips Are Sealed – A Tribute to the Go-Go’s. Three, the band’s third full-length and first in six years, was released in 2019 via Eccentric Pop Records. Escape Velocity was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Gabe Usery at Encapsulated Studios in St. Louis, MO., and produced by Dan Vapid and Gabe Usery.
Torch the Hive
Torch the Hive’s album ‘Flamingo’ is now out and available to stream everywhere. Check out the video single for “Sinclair”.
Catch them live at Reggie’s December 9th.
“Mistake” has a message that everyone can relate to. It’s about a haunting memory of a personal failure that you can’t escape. It encapsulates the feeling of guilt and anger you have toward yourself after making a mistake. The mistake mentioned throughout the song is never specified which allows the listener to make the song relate to themselves.”
Neptune’s Core is performing at Cactus Club in Milwaukee, Saturday, November 6.
“Fever in the Funkhouse” is the debut single release from SUNVOLUME.
SUNVOLUME is a power trio from Chicago, Illinois. Formed in 2020 by Justin Sanetra (Guitar/Vocals), Jimmy Russell (Bass), and Brett Sassetti (Drums) the band draws from a wide array of influences. Mixing elements of Hip-Hop, Hard Rock, Electronica, & Psychedelia their gritty & grunge-y riffs conjure up an explosive sound ready to bring Rock & Roll into the future. Traditionally untraditional, a new generation of rock is here.
While living in a motel in Las Vegas, Justin Sanetra (Guitar/Vocals) and Jimmy Russell (Bass) teamed up with award-winning producer Kane Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie) and Tristan Hardin (Disturbed, Corey Taylor) to record 5 singles and a cover of Somebody To Love by Jefferson Airplane at The Hideout Recording Studios. This will be the first release of a series of singles from these sessions.
Rockford, IL-based singer-songwriter Adem Dalipi has had the opportunity to perform on stages locally and internationally, from the House of Blues Chicago and the Chicago Blues Fest to Windsor Liuna Blues Fest and Alfred’s on Beale St. in Memphis for the International Blues Challenge. On Sunday, Sept 5, Adem and his band took part in the Bitter Jester Music Festival in Highland Park, IL and on Saturday, Sept 11, they performed at the Launch Music Conference in Lancaster, PA.
Check out Adem’s latest video single “Empty Promises”.
Nequient is a violently good quartet from Chicago who creates a sonic landscape steeped in Metallic hardcore chaos with bits of thrash, death metal, and grindcore sprinkled on top. Today the band released their latest EP, Collective Punishment” on Nefarious Industries on cassette and digital.
Broken Robots was formed by Kat Baker and Tony Baker in December 2017, when the duo began writing music together in their Chicago apartment.
Check out their latest video single “Runaway”.
The Footlight District
The Footlight District is a Blues-infused garage rock sisters and brother band from Chicago.
Anchored by raw and soulful instrumentation, strong vocals, and peppered with tight sibling harmonies, their music is heartfelt, gritty, and passionate.
They released the single “War Paint” on Friday, Oct 8 and the track follows the 2019 album ‘Fairytales for the Dark Age’ (engineered by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio) and their self-titled 2017 debut.