Ayanami is a rock band from Chicago, IL, promoting the release of their new LP, Heliotrope - A ten-song LP, drenched in fuzzy guitars, eminently singable choruses, and thundering drums. According to the band, the record is as much a love letter to 70s guitar hero theatrics and the alternative rock of the 80s and 90s as it is a reaction to a perceived narrowing in the world of guitar-based music, where polar opposites dominate and divide music fans. “We don’t want to be the precious indie rock band, or the angry-all-the-time metal band. We think there’s underused space in-between the two,” says frontman Jason Gallagher. Ayanami is a band determined to make a bold statement - there’s still a place for music that sounds unapologetically huge.
The cover photo on "Escape from Terror Beach" - the debut LP from Chicago quartet More Gorgeous - is a shot of the band standing along Lake Michigan in the dead of winter. It's a drastically different scene in the summer, of course but the icy shore pictured here is a fitting representation of what you're likely to experience while listening to the 10 tracks contained on the record. The music is a dichotomy, in a way; frequently at odds with itself. More Gorgeous maintain a tone that is dark and moody with an underlying playfulness. They're aggressive and visceral but still appreciate rhythm and melody. They pay homage to the dive bars they've cut their teeth in without compromising their arena-sized ambition. It isn't uncommon for a song to begin with a beautifully lush soundscape, only to explode into complete chaos and stop on a dime. This is a loose-knit concept album about an unspecified, bayside universe that exists somewhere between fantasy and reality, night and day, Heaven and Hell. The thoughts, themes and images conjured up by these songs are unique to each listener but one thing remains constant and rather obvious - "Escape from Terror Beach" is a confident, meticulously crafted debut from a promising, young band.
Brooke Bartlett fronts the band with a captivating presence and a style thats all her own. Her explosive vocals can only be described as one-of-a-kind,
13 Monsters featuring Goalie
We are 13-MONSTERS from Chicago, Il . members are Adrienne on vocals and Jamie as noisemaker, guitarist, in-studio drummer, mixologist .
We are the only band to feature a custom made THEREMONSTER theremin as part of our high energy events.