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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April 2015

Soddy Daisy

Better Run, the A-side of Soddy Daisy’s CSC single, opens with an unaccompanied guitar riff. It’s catchy and deceptively simple: comprised of a two-note, one-and-a-half beat motif that is repeated down the major scale. The whole band joins and recontextualizes the riff, then the vocal melody presents a closely-related variation. The track continues this way, taking a straightforward idea and continually developing it in ways that are novel, but readily apparent to the listener. It’s an incredibly effective approach and it’s what Soddy Daisy does best: write songs that are simple yet nuanced, dynamic, and perfectly crafted.

The quartet’s sound is indebted to 90s indie rock staples like The Pixies and Dinosaur Jr, who, in turn, were reclaiming sounds from older genres like surf, rockabilly, and 60s-70s classic rock. Their songs build to intense highs, whether it’s Maureen Neer belting out the last chorus of Better Run, or the guitar breakdown at the end of the Sabbath-esque When The High Subsides. Chris Lee’s drumming is compelling and full of variation unique choices, such as the snareless motorhythm of the A-side. Joey Eichler holds it down on bass and provides gritty, highly stylized vocals. Christian Swafford’s guitar lays a heavy foundation that compliments and supports Neer’s surfy and occasionally dissonant leads.

Members of Soddy Daisy are also huge supporters of the local music and art scene, helping book and run the relatively new and already much-beloved relocated DIY venue / collective Young Camelot.

Soddy Daisy is

Maureen Neer
Vocals / Guitar
Joey Eichler
Vocals / Bass
Christian Swafford
Guitar
Chris Lee
Drums

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Video Interview

Contributors
  • Engineer Jeff Kelley
  • Production Manager Kevin Claxton
  • Photographer Kerri Hacker
  • Director / Editor / Interviewer Iris Lin
  • Cinematographer Kelsie Hardison
  • Assistant Engineer Ron DeMay

March 2015

Radar Eyes

Radar Eyes’ melting pot of influences seems ready to overflow; their sound reflects a reverence for rock styles spanning the past six decades. They combine the darker strains of late 80s new wave and post-punk with 60s psychedelic rock, with hints of more modern sub-genres like shoegaze or its noisier, more provocative lo-fi little sibling shitgaze. Though their sonic explorations can be noisy and unpredictable, their songs are always anchored in familiar rock progressions and grooves.

The intertwining riffs from guitarists Anthony Cozzi and Russ Calderwood are highlights of the songs, ranging from aggressive to atmospheric. The two alternately play off each other’s melodies and meld together in a blur of distorted analog delay and deep phase effects. Cozzi’s clean-toned and lyrical vocals hang around the low end of his tenor range, at times giving the music an intense and unsettling vibe. The band’s excellent rhythm section consisting of bassist Lucas Sikorski and drummer Nithin Kalvakota keeps their grooves simple yet effective; they are the driving foundation that keeps the band connected to their garage rock roots.

The two songs Radar Eyes recorded with CSC, River Run and Nico (named for the Velvet Underground collaborator), show off the band’s range of sounds and influences.

Radar Eyes is

Anthony Cozzi
Guitar / Vocals
Lucas Sikorski
Bass / Vocals
Russ Calderwood
Guitar
Nithin Kalvakota
Drums

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Video Interview

Contributors
  • Engineer Jeff Kelley
  • Production Manager Kevin Claxton
  • Photographer Kerri Hacker
  • Director / Editor / Interviewer Iris Lin
  • Cinematographer Kelsie Hardison

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
  • Director / Editor / DP Cassie Balynas
  • Cinematographer / Interviewer Iris Lin
  • Assistant Cinematographer Kelsie Hardison