Shoeshine Boy Productions Presents
The Pimps, Polarcode, Mason's Case, M.G. Bailey
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pmDouble Door
$7.00 - $10.00
This event is 21 and overhttp://www.doubledoor.com/event/162083/
Workout Music prides themselves on their explosive live shows; creating dance party atmospheres with confetti, silly string, balloons, bubbles, custom projection and of course, Jameson.
Dance.Sweat.Rock is the motto - and exactly what you'll get.
s band scribe to record it all so as to present to you this holiest of all band bios.
In the year of our Lord, nineteen hundred and ninety-four, five men from Rockford, IL gathered together with one common yet simple goal: to change the face of music as we know it today. Okay, the first goal was to actually score some decent equipment, get a van, get out of their drummers’ ex-girlfriends’ basement and then change the face of music as we know it today. And so it began. It didn’t take long for the band to build a name and a following. Soon, they were doing a grueling schedule of almost 3 to 4 shows a month. Some of them even including free draft beer! It was obvious the path was being laid. In 1997, the group released it’s first album and 2 years later, the inevitable happened. Record label super-giant “Hollywood Records” signed them to a deal. Hollywood Records was the driving force behind such legendary names like “She-Daisy” and boy-band sensation “Youngstown”. Hollywood immediately put them on tour with America's most beloved duo, “ The Insane Clown Posse”. Although their music was nothing alike, the 3-month coast-to-coast tour went great. Clown Posse frontmen Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope were especially impressed with The Pimps uncanny knack to score prescription drugs for them while on the road. Hollywood then put the boys on the soundtracks “Mission Impossible 2” and “Crazy Beautiful”. Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, whose band was also lucky enough to catch their first break, was featured on the “MI2” soundtrack as well. In fact, in regards to The Pimps offering on the soundtrack, he was quoted as saying ”It’s definitely the 5th song on there”
Shortly after, The Pimps received a call from NBC. They wanted to use their runaway smash hit “Sumpin” for the now infamous racquetball scene in Episode .31 of “Third Watch”. The rest is television history. The relationship between Hollywood Records and The Pimps then took a turn for the worse. Disney, the parent company of Hollywood, didn’t take too kindly to some of the lyrical content in the music. In fact, long time standing spokesman & cultural icon Mickey Mouse was quoted as saying “This is, and always will be, a family oriented organization that supports & advocates the wholesome qualities of life. And if you think we’re going to throw that all away for 5 potty mouthed punks from the Midwest, then you're fucked!”
Not wanting to be labeled “The Bill Cosbys of rock” The Pimps dissolved the marriage between themselves and Hollywood after an unprecedented 15-month run. Since that experience, The Pimps decided to just go back to what they have always done: doing it themselves. Since 2000, they have played over 150 shows a year throughout the Midwest. They have produced 9 independent releases that have sold more than 50,000 units. And in the process of doing this have built up mailing lists that number over 15,000 strong and counting. You don’t believe it? If it hadn’t really happened, we would not believe it either. So check out our website at www.thepimps.org or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the 2013 release of the Supernatural EP, Polarcode created a trio of songs complete with layers of synthesizers, keyboards, intricate bass and drum interaction, tribal percussion and soaring vocals. The band’s jazz and classically trained musicians bring a unique juxtaposition of fiery virtuosity and delicate warmth to their music.
Polarcode continues to delight audiences with their passionate performances and had the pleasure of entertaining thousands while headlining the Taste Of Chicago in the summer of 2013.
Polarcode has received accolades for their poignant and powerful music video “My Best Friend” from the Supernatural EP.
“Big drums… atmospheric music and vocalist that will remind some of Bono of U2.”
- Kevin Williams, Chicago Tribune
“A far cry from your typical rock set, this quartet of daring and innovative musicians want you walking away having experienced a musical spectacle of epic proportions.”
- Greg Dorn, Lumino Magazine
“They have a big arena rock sound reminiscent of Coldplay along with a very prominent lead vocalist.”
- Chad Connolly, Static Multimedia
Brought up in the south south side of Chicago, in Glenwood, to be exact, music was never as cut and dried for Bailey. Playing music since fourth grade, he got his start playing saxophone, but wisely switched to guitar, which he played in a number of local punk bands, In and Out being the most infamous of those. In about 2005, he formed Slow Moving Machines with a couple of friends, and enjoyed some success playing across the Midwest, throughout the Chicagoland area, as well as Indiana, Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin and Philadelphia. They even won the Prairie State Battle of the Bands two years in a row. They also released a full length album, All Space Must Be Filled. Employing such various influences as progressive rock, punk and country, it was a truly unique album among the faceless other punk and alternative groups littering the area.
After the demise of Slow Moving Machines in 2008, he searched for a group that would never dissipate, so he started a one man band.
“I can do whatever I want, but they don’t necessarily make gear for what I do.” So he made his own.
I want to play rock and roll and prove that you can do whatever you want; it doesn’t have to be three guys or two guys or one guy that has a group that comes out and does tours.
And so started the one man band. Using guitars modified with drum triggers, keyboards, as well as live drums that he plays while he strums his six string and sings, it’s an unorthodox method but a sight to see.
I saw a guy do it in Memphis, on the streets, and I thought that one day I was gonna try to do that. He was playing blues/country stuff, but I can play punk, I can play metal...
With a sound that takes a kitchen sink approach to composition without sounding jarring, he used all of his experience as a songwriter in his other bands, and started making mini epics at his home studio.
I wanted to meet music in the middle, somewhere between the laptop musician and AC/DC. I want to create soundscapes, using delays, vocals, drums, guitars...I want to fill space with sound. And kick ass!
While the words on this page could never explain his sound or approach the way seeing it in the live setting could, it’s most definitely his punk rock roots that have informed his music the most. It’s the DIY ethic that has made him who he is, but he doesn’t align himself with that punk background.
It’s too easy for a punk rock band to get together and have a punk sound. It’s not punk rock anymore. You can listen to the Ramones, and say that it sounds like shit but there’s something there that you don’t hear in punk bands nowadays.
And despite this approach, the music makes sense, and that’s what matters most. It clearly comes from the heart, and whether you’re listening to one of his songs at home on the stereo or listening to it live, it’s his heart that fills the most space in the sound.
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