Presenting our First Friday new music list for April, 2021. This month we’re featuring a variety of different formats by Chicago musicians. If you like what you hear, please support them below with likes, shares and purchasing their music and merchandise.
Our First Friday round up posts are inspired by Bandcamp’s move to waive their processing fees on the first Friday of every month. for artists who use their platform. Here’s the backstory from Bandcamp:
On the first Friday of every month since March, we’ve waived our revenue share to help support the many artists who have seen their livelihoods disrupted by the pandemic. Over the course of these nine days, fans paid artists and labels $40 million dollars, helping cover rents, mortgages, groceries, medications, and much more. If you’re among the nearly 800,000 fans who participated, thank you. Although vaccines are starting to roll out, it will likely be several months before live performance revenue starts to return. So we’re going to continue doing Bandcamp Fridays in 2021, on February 5th, March 5th, April 2nd, and May 7th. As always, isitbandcampfriday.com has the details. If you’ve started to feel guilty about buying music on any day other than Bandcamp Friday, here’s something to keep in mind: on Bandcamp Fridays, an average of 93% of your money reaches the artist/label (after payment processor fees). When you make a purchase on any other day of the month (as 2.5 million of you have since March, buying an additional $145 million worth of music and merch) an average of 82% reaches the artist/label. Every day is a good day to directly support artists on Bandcamp!
Baby Money and The Down Payments
Baby Money is the brainchild of Chicago based songwriter Pamela Maurer. What started as a solo project has evolved into a 3-piece band based in the Windy City. Her original songs, ranging from gritty, sparse arrangements, to soulful, roof-shaking foot-stompers, are inspired by garage rockers and girl-groups of the1960s and 1970s, soul, gospel, and traditional rhythm ‘n’ blues.
On Pamela’s newest release:
“2+ years ago, I was challenged by a friend to make a love song. I typically write about the evils of capitalism DISGUISED by tropes of pop/love songs, BUT, the idea of “love song” was really not one I’d ever considered. That same evening, I found a little card with the message “love is meditation” stamped on it, with no other info. So…I took its advice, and started meditating on love. This song was the first I really felt was “getting somewhere.”Special shout out to @sarahneczwid, who met me in her minivan to film with me from/at a distance last fall! And to my 7 year old buddy who inspired the character design, and the lyrics–this particular mediation is about our ideas of love and ideals of love from childhood. I was always a romantic, daydreamy kid and I have spent years confirming, unlearning, and relearning what LOVE is and can be.Hope this song finds you well and keeps you entertained this weekend! It’s almost spring and i am PUMPED!“
Supermoto is an indie-rock / pop project fronted by Chicago-based musician, Garrison Krotz. Prior to launching Supermoto, Garrison fronted “The Free Press” and played bass in the Midwest power pop group, “Jean Claude & the Eclairs.”
Supermoto’s debut single “Rachel Green” was launched February 2021 and precedes the bands upcoming release of their debut 5-song EP, “Holy Moly.” The song and music video are equally quirky and energetic, featuring crunchy guitars, funky synth-bass and ear-worm melodies.
Marlon and the Shakes
MARLON AND THE SHAKES is a Chicago band that delivers riff-driven hooks, infectious grooves, and powerful vocals. The group is comprised of some of Chicago’s best musicians that play a perfectly-mixed musical cocktail made up of rock, dance, and pop. THE SHAKES have performed across the country at numerous clubs and festivals. A recent highlight was closing the NAMM show in Anaheim, CA on the Pioneer Pro stage in 2020. The band is currently on a musical journey they’re calling “12 In Twelve”, a project in which they’ve committed to writing, recording, and releasing one song a month in 2021. Their January release, a rock song titled “Hemisphere”, is available on all streaming platforms now.
Erik Angyus & The Evermores
I’m a DIY singer/songwriter, and amateur recording artist, living in Pilsen. I’ve been recording/mixing/mastering my own music at home for the last 5 years or so. On most of the music I’ve shared publicly, I write, perform, and produce everything. However, from time to time I have been blessed with the good fortune of collaborating with friends on musical projects. All these works, both the solo and joint ventures, can be found on my SoundCloud page under the “Erik Angyus & The Evermores” moniker. What I love most about music, is writing songs and bringing them to life.
Neptune’s Core is a band composed of two sets of sisters who enjoy playing, performing, and writing indie music. They’re based in Chicago and are known for their complex harmonies, dissonant chords, funky rhythms, and energetic live performances. “Turning Red” is officially out today, and is the first single from their upcoming, second full-length album to be released summer 2021.
You can reach the band at [email protected].
Singer-songwriter Megan Hozick is a punky & spunky good time. Her music will make you think, laugh, and maybe even dance a little. A brand new album is in the works, so be sure to follow her on social media to stay up-to-date!
Here’s our new video for our song “Born to Run With Scissors” from our album Wax Pathetic.
Directed by Emma Thatcher Director of Photography: Neil Shukla Camera Assistant: Conor Cunningham Camera Utility: Ruby Que Editor: Emma Thatcher www.emma-thatcher.com
“This was really something that needed to happen, for my own sanity a year ago, we just were starting to react to the stay at home orders. Our shows were cancelled, rehearsals stopped, promotional plans were shelved for my main project. All my musician friends were hit the same way…What do we do? I was starting to sketch out some new tunes for a solo album in a more song-oriented context, but for me music still needs to be created within some sort of a social construct, I need people to bounce things off of, to help color the sonic canvas with, otherwise things can tend to sound one-sided and overly technical to me. I couldn’t jam with my bandmates in real life, so I contacted a few friends in other bands who had shared some influences, had the ability to record themselves and were down for experimental collaboration. The idea was really to take the skeleton of a tune and sort of follow the process from visual arts of doing an “exquisite corpse”. One artist does their bit and passes it along to the next artist. You don’t know what the other artist is going to do with it, the other artist has no idea of what you did until they access it the first time. Then it builds up with each successive artist’s take. The possibilities were either a set of collaborations on the skeleton, but the reality was everyone contributed a section that layered rather nicely together, unbeknownst to anyone else!” – Erik Oldman
“Separation Anxiety” is available for downloads via Bandcamp and will be on streaming platforms later in April.
All proceeds from Bandcamp download sales will go to support the National Independent Venues Association Emergency Relief Fund.
I hope you all really dig the track. We’re planning to release more stuff in the coming year.
Erik Oldman: Guitar
Karl Grzeszczak: Guitar
Anthony Cwan: Baritone Guitar
Ian Palmer: Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Synth
Ben Bowman: Synth
Kellii Scott: Drums
The track was recorded between March 2020 and March 2021 at various locations in Chicago, IL.
Drums were recorded by Gabe Vanbenschoten, Akira Audio, Los Angeles, CA
Mixed and Mastered by Spenser Morris, Chicago, IL
OK Cool is the alternative side project of The Weekend Run Club’s Bridget Stiebris and Haley Blomquist. The duo’s first EP, “Anomia,” was released on June 6, 2020, closely following the release of their first single, “I Can’t Stand in Ice Skates.” Their newest EP, “Surrealist,” is the most mature and polished release to date.
Their latest track,
“Hypervigilant” was born out of a desire to make a song you can really live inside and groove to. We aspired for it to have a trippy, dissonant feeling. I had wanted to make a song with those nice, warm acoustic guitar tones for some time, and luckily, this one came together to fulfill that artistic goal.
Following the release of their first two singles “Panic Attack” and “Be Like This”, Chicago rockers Indoorsmen bring you their debut EP “Cleaning House, Pt. 1”. The song themes from the singles carry over into the rest of the tracks, focusing on internal conflicts and questioning the systems constructed around us. “Get Through” centers around the loss of a close friend and the lessons such an event forces on us. The EP closer, “Echoes”, investigates addiction and cognitive dissonance. Musically, the band shows off its range a bit more in the second half of the album. “Perspectives” slowly swells into a sonic territory almost approaching metal, and is then followed by the soulful and psychedelic “Rise Above”. These sonic departures from the punk focused singles hint at a broader range of influences that we can expect to hear in “Cleaning House, Pt. 2” (due late spring/early summer) and any future releases from the band.