One thing I love about contributing to the ReleBlog is being able to show off some off Chicago’s music scene.
Local bands find refuge in Wicker Park’s Double Door. My Thanksgiving weekend show this year featured some pretty girls from the UK known as the Pipettes, and closed with one of my favorite local acts, Chin Up Chin Up.
They truly sound like a girl group that would have existed 50 years ago, The Pipettes had the place packed with smiling faces as they delivered pure pop with a twist of indie twee.
a Pipettes music video:
A lot of people like these guys a lot more than I do, but I’m showing love to Catfish Haven because they’re homebodies, and they’re signed to the coolest independent record label on earth, Secretly Canadian.
a Catfish Haven music video:
Thax Douglas is something of a Chicago legend. He really cut off some of his momentum by moving to New York for a year or so (this is a no-no for Chicagoans. We stay true to our village.), but Thax is back to coming out to a show every night, writing and reciting original poems before the band plays their first song. The titles of the poems are always named after the band they’re commencing. In this case, Thax read us “Chin Up Chin Up (number four, I think)” and, as usual, the poem seemed to have little, if anything, to do with the band at all. We put up with Thax in this city, in a way, we all love him, but the New York thing really threw some of us back. He’ll pull back up soon enough.
Chin Up Chin Up is an indie band. You hear their music and that’s all you can think, “indie rock.” To say the least, this band has got a lot of potential, and I’m looking forward to where they go from here.
a Chin Up Chin Up video:
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