Double Door Welcomes
The Sweeps, Rememberwhens, Em & Them, Matt Kelly
Friday, July 13, 2012
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pmDouble Door
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Each member of The Sweeps--Bob Dain, Santiago Torres, and Chris Dye (ex-Chin Up Chin Up)--brings a hefty presence to their lean arrangements. Challenging the sonic boundaries of a trio, both Dain and Torres sing with longing, conviction and fury. Dain's dexterity, equal parts pedal-board and guitar, ranges from a delicate strum to an incandescent wail. Countering Dain, Torres brings a solid bass thump; playing slinky, soul-inflected rumblings along with fractured melodic fuzz. Dye's hook-heavy drumming supports Dain and Torres, while lending a swaggering rhythmic architecture to the songs. Live, the band explodes with an infectious adrenaline that has ignited their strong Chicago fanbase, propelling them toward building a national audience.
On the band's full-length debut, Swift Armour (scheduled for a March 26, 2013 release), The Sweeps capture a live immediacy, yet further explore and refine their craft. Recorded at Chicago's Minbal Studio with the help of producer/engineer, Benjamin Balcom, Swift Armour is an emotionally rich and honest evolution for the band. It is a collage of loud guitars and chanting vocal hooks, an intimately pounding cadence, a call to arms. It is a record with a strong sense of place, Chicago to be precise---the historic struggles, the dying and thriving neighborhoods---all inhabit these 13 tracks. From the lush death march of the opening title track to the dark pop hymn "1600cc Engine," this record is equal parts confession, exultation and vindication: embittered but embracing. Swift Armour is an ode to Chicago: a battle between the harsh and the beautiful.
Emily “Brushes” Roth’s lead vocals are almost as smooth and soulful as the fro she rocks on-stage. On most days, you can catch her humming along to Sam Cooke, Raphael Saadiq, Lauryn Hill and other powerful voices. An important rule growing up in the Roth home was that if you wanted three meals a day, you had to play an instrument. So to avoid starvation the young Miss Roth tried the piano and cello before falling in love with the guitar. After having played in a blues band in high school, Emily took her new passion for music to such places as Venezuela, Ghana and the UK. She now finds herself in Chicago with a new group of amazing musicians and enough inspiration to last for years. She views music as mankind’s universal language and hopes to sooth souls all over the globe!
Michael Lang - Bass/Vocals
Born Miguel Sanchez, Michael immigrated to the United States in 1983 with a simple dream of finding a job and making enough money to send for the rest of his family. None of that worked out, so he became a musician instead. Living and performing in Chicago for the past 8 years, Michael has played in numerous groups ranging a wide variety of genres and styles. You may catch him laying back in a deep groove rocking out on just the root, or slapping his bass like he’s trying to break it right in half. Either way a melodic constant seems to find it’s way into Michael’s bass lines, while an almost metronomic inner pulse allows him to play with the rhythm around the guitar and drums.
Sean Grabiner - Guitar/Vocals
After finding his mother’s Gibson J-45 in the closet of his childhood home Sean was convinced he had found his calling. Over the years Sean has studied with more teachers than he can remember but he knows deep down that their teachings and guidance reside in every note he plays. These teachers have come from a variety of backgrounds that include but are not limited to rock, blues, and jazz. As Sean’s musical tastes have evolved over time his playing has kept pace. The result is an exceptionally versatile guitarist who can feel as comfortable sitting back and playing rhythm as he is soloing over anything thrown his way. His proudest moment? Helping bandmate Miguel Sanchez obtain his green card.
Paul Shallcross - Drums
From banging on trash cans in the driveway to performing, recording, composing and writing, Paul Shallcross has been immersed in music and creativity since the dawn of his time. Studying under a slew of musicians throughout the midwest as well as graduating cum laude at McNally Smith College of Music, Paul has developed himself into, what some call, a renaissance man. With a primary focus on drums, he also indulges in other instruments, including guitar, bass, piano, and vocals. Currently, Paul works at Comma Music running their music library, Implement, and recording as a studio musician. He performs with the soul/funk group Em & Them, as well as writing hip hop tracks, short stories and laid-back, reggae-infused songs. His love of almost all musical genres keeps his mind open and his style ever changing, but, no matter what he's playing or where he's performing, Paul strives to encompass a rawness and honesty that makes music timeless.
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