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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February 2015

ShowYouSuck

Show You Suck is the perfect musician for the Internet Age. With a vast ocean of music, art, movies, and television available to practically anyone on command, the rapper dives in head-first and surfaces with new meanings and narrative constructed from all the symbols and signifiers he picks up.

One would expect a series of tracks called One Man Pizza Party (the most recent of which caps off this CSC single) would be dripping with irony and braggadocio, but Show You Suck instead flips the meaning on a trope straight from our collective media unconscious: a stock aging burnout party animal character becomes a surprising source of introspection.

As heady and postmodern as that may sound, Show You Suck’s performances are an all-out party. His aggressive flow, energetic stage presence, and trap beats whip his audience into a manic blur of stage divers and raised hands. When he’s onstage, the line between a punk and a hip-hop show barely exists.

Show You Suck penned the lyrics for the A-side King of Pizza and built the track with producer Mike Jaxx on the spot at the CSC studio.

ShowYouSuck is

Clinton Sandifer
Vocals
Mike Jaxx
Producer

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Video Interview

Contributors
  • Engineer Jeff Kelley
  • Production Manager Kevin Claxton
  • Photographer Kerri Hacker
  • Videographer / Editor Cassie Balynas
  • Interview Producer Iris Lin
  • Assistant Videographer Kelsie Hardison

January 2015

Meat Wave

Meat Wave plays in-your-face rock that is as dynamic as it is confrontational. Their sound is comparable to beloved Chicago bands whose heydays were in the 90s; their heavy drum and bass grooves have echoes of the Jesus Lizard, and the guitar's abrasive yet catchy riffs are reminiscent of Albini-fronted bands like Big Black or Shellac. The trio can kick out high-energy riff-fueled punk with the best of them as they do on NRA - the A-side they recorded with us - but they aren't afraid to stretch their legs and get weird. This is best evidenced on Dogs At Night, which begins with unsettling falsetto vocals over slow-burning drums and bass, explodes into a chorus, and then devolves into a lengthy instrumental riff-and-variations ending.

Chris Sutter fronts the band with vocals featuring lyrics that are full of surreal imagery and acerbic wit, as well a guitar style that flips between sections of dissonant riffs and consonant but driving chord progressions. Ryan Wizniak's heavy-hitting drumming is a major highlight; his fills on NRA are frenetic and remarkably precise, but he shows that he can lay back and hammer out textural grooves on Dogs At Night. Joe Gac's bass ostinati are the glue that holds everything together, and he provides the melodic variation in the low-end that keeps the songs constantly moving forward.

Download the tracks CSC recorded with Meat Wave here and be sure to check out their explosive live show that’s quickly becoming a favorite of the Chicago punk scene.

Meat Wave is

Chris Sutter
Vocals / Guitar
Joe Gac
Bass
Ryan Wizniak
Drums

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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

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

Exclusive CSC Single

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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