Eat That Plastic
After spending 5 months melting and moulding, Eat That Plastic brings its uniquely progressive yet catchy sound back to their favorite venue. Armed with a bunch of new Plastic, they are sure to deliver an amazing show that you will not forget. Known for their charged stage presence and an original sound that pays homage to the past while defining the new age, Eat That Plastic desires your presence for an increasingly rare performance. Acknowledge the past. Witness the future. Eat That Plastic!
From the furthest stretches of Chicago come four unique musicians who delve into their listeners minds and bodies to bring them to complete awareness and total ecstasy using their pulsing rhythms and electrifying melodies that takes you to beautiful, far away places.
Sporting a sonic kaleidoscope that includes intimate shoegaze, dark new-wave and driving dance beats, Chicago’s Vanarays have quite the pedigree for major success in the area. In a scene where bands seem chained to their genre, Vanarays are a consistently shape-shifting entity, yet the unique mixture of styles isn’t there as a hollow grab for every possible audience. This is a band of well-schooled multi-instrumentalists, clearly writing and performing on their own terms with a canyon-wide palette of slinky, ominous sounds.
Recording at a brisk pace, Vanarays have self-released two mesmerizing EP’s in the last two years, a testament to their nose-to-the-grindstone mentality. While similarities are clear between both releases - the band’s pension for studio experimentation and lush arrangements is apparent - there’s also a noticeable growth in just twelve-months time. 2011’s EP opens with the sublimely messy “He Said She Said,” led by static-heavy vocals and blazing drums, but the band brings harmonious alt-pop to the forefront on the jangly “This Thought Occurred to Me,” the slide-guitar assisted “Oh No” and closing number “Where We’re Going,” accented by a memorable riff, minor programming and charming, echo-laden singing.
From the opening keys of “Over & Over,” this year’s EP2 is a lesson in restraint and more defined songwriting. Sounding like a meeting between the low-key bedroom pop of American Analog Set and early 00’s post-hardcore pin-ups Sparta, the track is a great lead-in to the remaining five anthems, each making an impact from the very first listen. The active bass and hip-shaking rhythms on “Tell You What I Want,” the propulsive percussion of “Countdown to Ten,” the toe-tapping instrumental guitar dirge of “Tektoniks” - they all add to an already impressive blend of approaches and performances.
A little Zep, a little Rush, mix in some Adele and the Stones and turn up the heat - you get High Street. The power blues-rock quintet is based on Chicago’s north shore and formed in an attic rehearsal space in the fall of 2007. Launching as a cover band playing parties and charity events this hard working young group introduced the world to their original sound with the release of their first EP “Out of the Attic” in spring 2011. Fully recorded on analog tape they explored a range of different influences and delivered a raw powerful punch reminding us that rock is alive and well. Their highly anticipated follow up EP “Nocturnal” was released in the spring 2012 and since then have been playing gigs all over the Chicago area introducing the new album.
Late Night DJ Set featuring Serotonin
From Chicago, IL, Serotonin is the project of the Alex MacPhail. Beginning his venture into the electronic music world in 2010, he has progressed to being a musician with a unique style and high production quality. Their music is led by hard hitting drums, heavy futuristic synths, climactic builds, and rattling melodic drops. He has been playing clubs in Chicago and it is only a matter of time until he presents himself to large audiences across the world. His music is not specified by one sub-genre of the EDM scene, it varies from both sides of the spectrum and anything in-between, from moombahton grooves, to brutal dubstep, and euphoric house melodies that will leave fans begging for more.