Chicago Singles Club

Chicago Singles Club is an online music publication and record label that, once a month, produces an exclusive, original recording and video interview with a different independent Chicago artist that we love.

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December 2014

Me Jane

Me Jane's style is a little bit familiar, a little bit new -- the band's love for late 70s post-punk classics like Wire and Joy Division comes across clearly, but their forebears never overshadow their own unique sound. They're willing to experiment and turn their noses up at convention, but still have enough pop sensibilities to keep things interesting.

The quartet conjures up an impressive palette of sounds. On guitar, Katie Gallegos lets her unique melodic structures shine, with riffs that range from raw and aggressive to understated and contemplative. Her vocals slip between powerful choruses and sung-spoken verses, often in a call and response pattern with the rest of the band. Sarah Braunstein's drumming flips between visceral, tom-heavy tribal grooves and straightforward rock beats. Marites Velasquez isn't afraid to hang back and support Sarah's grooves with simple basslines, but when she steps into a more active role her lines are highly melodic and a perfect fuzzed-out counterpart to Katie's clean guitar tones. Rounding out their sound is Kyla Denham on keyboards, whose various synth timbres give their songs more nuanced vibes and textures.

The band shows off their versatility in the two tracks they recorded with us. Muchos Muchachos is a two-minute romp, packed with angular guitar riffs and fuzzy bass lines. Track two, Pamela, is a darker slow-burn that takes more space to breathe and more time to build up to the big choruses, with more of a focus on interweaving instrumental jams.

Me Jane is

Katie Gallegos
Guitar / Vocals
Marites Velasquez
Bass / Vocals
Sarah Braunstein
Drums / Vocals
Kyla Denham
Synths

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Video Interview

Contributors
  • Engineer Jeff Kelley
  • Production Manager Kevin Claxton
  • Photography Kerri Hacker
  • Videography / Interview Iris Lin
  • Videography / Editing Cassie Balynas

November 2014

Dos Santos: Anti-Beat Orquesta

The artists that make up the Dos Santos: Anti-Beat Orquesta are musical omnivores. They come from all sorts of musical backgrounds and play in bands of different styles -- indie rock, Latin jazz, and Mexican roots music, to name a few. As bassist Jaime Garza puts it, each member of Dos Santos plays with a different accent.

The root of their sound is cumbia -- a dance genre that originated in Colombia by way of West Africa in the 1800s. Cumbia then spread throughout Latin America where it evolved as each country added their own regional influence to the sound. More specifically, Dos Santos is riffing on chicha, the 1960s Peruvian flavor of cumbia that took the pan-Latin melting pot of sounds and fused it with psychedelic rock.

But this isn’t a band emulating a dusty collection of 45s and calling it revival -- Dos Santos pours all their own influences and experience into the pot. Their songs revolve around short, rhythmic melodies that pass back and forth from the guitars, organ, and vocals, all ebbing and flowing in dense, percussive arrangements. Drummer Daniel Villarreal-Carrillo, percussionist Peter Maestro Vale, and bassist Jaime Garza control the dynamics of the songs with their interlocking grooves, some traditional and some modern. Alex Chavez and Irekani Ferreyra’s guitars harmonize and play off each other’s rhythms, with Alex veering off into ambient psychedelic noise when the songs start to implode. Every member sings, whether it’s in a 3 part harmony verse or a solo / group call-and-response chorus.

Listen to their single here, and catch their mesmerizing live show next time you find yourself at an underground cumbia party!

Dos Santos: Anti-Beat Orquesta is

Alex Chavez
Vocals / Guitar / Hammond
Irekani Ferreyra
Guitar / Vocals
Peter Maestro Vale
Congas / Bongos / Percussion
Daniel Villarreal-Carrillo
Drums
Jaime Garza
Bass

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Video Interview

Contributors
  • Engineer Jeff Kelley
  • Production Manager Kevin Claxton
  • Photography Kerri Hacker
  • Videography / Editing Cassie Balynas
  • Videography / Interview Iris Lin
  • Production Assistant Jordan Morrell

October 2014

Kangaroo

Kangaroo is a band of contrasts. They’re loud and noisy, but their songs are hyper-melodic and practically beg to be sung along to. They’re brain-pummeling rock and roll, but they tackle deeper subjects in their lyrics. They’re a punk band that has a nuanced view on religion and spirituality.

The quartet seemed to come out of nowhere last year, when lead singer and guitarist Devon Press moved to Chicago with an album’s worth of songs he had recently written while holed up in a friend’s summer home during the off season. He was joined by bassist Andy Dow, guitarist Ross Tasch, and drummer Joel Cornelius; the band was immediately embraced by Chicago’s punk and DIY scenes for obvious reasons. They slip between slow, dreamy sections and full-bore punk assaults when you least expect it. Their songwriting is infectiously melodic and they have boundless energy onstage. Their record has the blown-out lo-fi aesthetics of a bedroom project, but their live show is the spectacle of four musicians going all out while staying completely in sync with each other.

The single we recorded with the band includes both Takes So Long Without You, the first song Devon wrote for the project, and a more recent track, Aborigine. Check it out now!

Kangaroo is

Devon Press
Vocals / Guitar
Andy Dow
Bass
Ross Tasch
Guitar
Joel Cornelius
Drums

Exclusive CSC Single

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Video Interview

Contributors
  • Engineer Jeff Kelley
  • Production Manager Kevin Claxton
  • Photography Kerri Hacker
  • Videography / Editing Cassie Balynas
  • Videography / Interview Iris Lin
  • Production Assistant Jordan Morrell