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INTERVIEW AND PREMIERE: DAYSEE
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For the past eight months, Daysee has been excreting trippy tunes from their analog recording studio in Palatine, Illinois. The studio is owned and run by duo Nick Van Horn and Erich Schuh, who needed a space to record their work; a shoegaze hallucination of noise inspired by an eclectic mix of musicians including the Beatles, Swervedriver, Kendrick Lamar, and Slowdive. Shoegaze: a subgenre of alternative rock and neo-psychedelia that originated in the United Kingdom in the 1980’s is composed of distortion of noise especially with guitar, obscure vocals, and an indistinguishable melange of sound. The music of Daysee, like...
Max Loebman and the Mild Ones
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Loebman and his GuitarPhoto by Alexandria Dravillas A dopey-eyed, shaggy-haired Max Loebman howls into a microphone, hugging it toward his body as one would a lover. The room is packed, the crowd, rowdy, skin against skin. The type of show where the music feels real enough to touch. All of the songs on Loebman’s new album Wild One are completely composed of demos. “I like things to be as fresh as possible," says Max. "That’s why I record them directly after I write them. I think that’s why I like Neil Young so much; his stuff is so raw.” Since the age of 16, Loebeman...
Pixel Grip: Exclusive Interview and Single Premiere
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Photo: Jim Jam Pixel Grip, the self-described goth-disco project of Jon T. Freud and Rita Lukea, was formed with the idea to create dance music inspired by the sounds of their youth. Rita and Jon met during high school in Crystal Lake, a suburb 40 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. “I heard Rita’s voice, and I knew I had to work with her on something,” Jon said. “Jon and me are little rave rats,” Rita said. “I grew up listening to Daft Punk and French Electronica, and it seemed fitting to make dance music in Chicago, the birthplace of House. I'd say our biggest influences are...