Christ vs. Krishna, Stoplight Jones
Monday, July 23, 2012
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pmDouble Door
This event is 21 and overhttp://www.doubledoor.com/event/135001/
At its core, the music is most closely related to rock, but elements of pop, folk, and indie are undeniably prevalent as well, giving them a sound one might describe as unexpectedly familiar. The two share lead vocals, and their progressive-minded lyrics more often than not find themselves supported by a backing voice or harmony, keeping the music melodic, upbeat, and full. Despite the absence of a drummer (for now, anyway), their music suffers no lack of energy, and in fact, relies heavily on rhythm to carry the songs and keep the listeners engaged. But, as with all music, you really just have to listen to it.
After all meeting at college in the corn and soybean desert that is rural Illinois, Josh, Brady, Steve and Carter were all part of party pros Marcos and the Mack Daddys, playing house parties, DIY shows and the occasional bar. Pleasantly surprised at how much people liked their incoherent, chaotic party jams, MMDs kept adding members until there were like 18 or something. Ok, 7. With members graduating and not graduating and being spread out over the midwest, a more concise band was formed: Stoplight Jones.
There was Steve on keys/synthbass and vocals, Brady on guitar and vocals, Carter on drums and Joshua on sexophone (sic), the band decided they needed an actual electric bass, too. Turns out Joshua found one in his basement and discovered he could play it without ever touching it before, so now he plays bass and saxophone. Brady also discovered that he had a budding talent on the most versatile of instruments: the kazoo. There are so many lies in the last two sentences.
So they took some of the best of the Mack Daddys material, outfitted it for the newfound foursome of ladykillers, added killer new material, and things came together nice and easy. The musical part was the easiest. Naming the band was the difficult part, mostly because nobody else in the band liked the best band name ever thought of, "The Popemobile." Whatever man.
Stoplight Jones will play wherever there are people who dig good music, and occasionally welcomes the Mack Daddys' powerhouse female vocalist Andrea Dunn to the stage because damn, have you heard that bad girl sing?
1572 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL, 60622