San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
This show is 21+.
The rollicking brashness that area quartet The Holy Alimonies deliver on their new EP is easy to like: Sophisticated slide-guitar melds with 90's-era guitar crunch and a charmingly ramshackle live sound to create a blissful, unhinged collection of Replacements-meet-Camper Van Beethoven nuggets.
The tales vocalist/guitarist William Simons spins on Blessèd Shit and Happy New Year (their second release, after the equally fun Migstape) thrive on their salty language, but unlike acts just trying to raise an eyebrow or two, don't exist simply because of it.
Simons, bassist Kevin Hyde, drummer Scott Lee and guitarist WC Mallard began The Holy Alimonies in the summer of 2012, all coming from different areas of the U.S. - Simons from Utah, Lee from Florida, Hyde from Grand Rapids and Mallard from Chicagoland. Recorded at Logan Square's Public House Recordings, engineered by Dave Vettraino (who has worked with OK Go) and mastered by Mike Bridavsky (owner of feline internet sensation Lil' Bub), Blessèd Shit benefits from each member's roots. "We are definitely an eclectic union of characters and I would hope that this is evident in our music," says Simons and for every bit of cheekiness he lays out, there's an undeniable humility accompanied with it.
With another LP and EP worth of material on the way in 2014, Simons proudly states, "I consider these songs our most definitive collection to date. The new EP is a more unified vision with songs that we picked to compliment one another. We feel the EP offers something for mostly everyone, but we also wanted to showcase our more playful and, dare I say, heavier side." They've definitely done that here, but with more gumption, emotion and outright chops than might be expected in songs about "smoking lobsters and talkin' shit." They've reined in their focus since Migstape without sacrificing an ounce of personality.
Swearwords- Songs about soaring and sinking in the American Middle West. As seen from space
Doubting Thomas Cruise Control- Originally part of a larger project to be titled Go to Jail, the EP was recorded in the band’s Bed-Stuy practice space in November 2013, and gets its name from the lightswitch in the space. Shedding much of the somber tone of their debut album Builds, the songs on Appleton ON move in a more sonicallly and rhythmically aggressive direction. “$10 ATM” switches between angular, tom-heavy plodding and breaks away into a strait away gallop, complete with cowbell. “Bacardi Torched Children” (named after the forthcoming white rum ﬂavor) brings to mind the Minutemen by way of Wowee Zowee - era Pavement. Heavily inﬂuenced by the David Graeber book Debt: the First 5000 Years, the EP also draws from the displacement of the Native Americans, Breaking Bad, and legalese. It shows an America in which we are simultaneously benefactors and subjects of violence, how we try to understand and communicate this contradiction, and how the language of the educated fails to adequately express our political and personal discontents. Lyrically a black comedy, Cardos takes his subjects seriously by pretending not to, viewing humor as the best— or possibly the only— way to air grievances.
Jesse W. Johnson is the singer/songwriter of Chicago rock band Jet W. Lee. They've been taking their hooky-yet-dark rock and roll around the country for 4 years now and have played in over 35 states and counting. As a solo artist, Johnson builds off of Jet W. Lee’s mixture of modern and classic rock while finding a more direct outlet for his songwriting. His debut solo album, Home to Roast, presents a down-home feel, melding more folk and mellow rock to the mix. Most of all, Johnson does something not so common today, tell a story, and it’s thoughtful word choice in his music that helps the listener personalize each song. Fans of Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, and John Prine will not be disappointed! Jesse just finished an acoustic EP called Cannon Rows and will be performing it live across the Midwest this summer.
When & Where
The Throne Room
The Throne Room is Chicago’s newest premiere live music venue. We offer a diverse lineup, top-quality sound, professional and friendly staff and an intimate setting.