Strange Americans, Bluefish Fellows, Mooner

Fri, Jul 21 2017, 9:00pm - $10 at TicketFly or just pay at the door - Tickets

Presented by Harmonica Dunn. Doors open at 7 pm.

STRANGE AMERICANS: It’s the kind of music that the Carhartt-wearing, hard-working, industrial beer-drinking, regular Americans would listen to — the ones who could end up on an episode of TV’s Dirty Jobs. It’s a little raw, a bit loud, unapologetic and honest. It’s Americana rock and roll and it’s something that Denver’s Strange Americans are crafting with both brawn and finesse, like a hot rod mechanic bringing back an old barn find.

In a sense, Strange Americans are rescuing something from the rust pile — straight-forward, no-frills rock and roll, and a matching aesthetic that is heavy on songwriting and storytelling, but presented with reverb-drenched punch and passion — the way The Band or Crazy Horse would have done it.

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BLUEFISH FELLOWS: One of Chicago’s most promising bands on the rise is the Bluefish Fellows and they’ve just released their eponymous second album, which is now available on iTunes and Amazon. The group consists of lead vocalist and bassist, Bob Barry, guitarist Brian Podlasek, Dan Kane on guitars and piano, and Tom Barry rounds out the group on drums and percussion. The quartet has been making music together since the age of 12, when they all met in the heart of the Beverly neighborhood, on Chicago’s South Side. Bluefish Fellows live gigs are becoming a runaway locomotive of powerful energy, raw talent, refined skill and vibrant showmanship. Having played shows at The Metro, House of Blues, Thalia Hall, Double Door, and Cubby Bear and an April tour of Texas, including stops in Austin, Houston, Dallas, and La Grange, the word-of-mouth is spreading.

MOONER: Mooner plays power-pop for the 21st century. Melding their signature double lead-guitar attack with deceptively simple pop songwriting that pays homage to Elvis Costello, Big Star and Warren Zevon, Mooner has become a favorite in the Chicago rock community since forming in 2011. Despite an undeniably huge sound–engineer Mike Hagler (Wilco, Neko Case) records the band live in a converted warehouse–they tear with punk-rock economy through nimble arrangements, which turn on a dime from towering solos to candy-sweet Thin Lizzy guitarmonies to moments of swirling noise.

On October 9th, 2015, Mooner release their debut album, Masterpiece on Aerial Ballet Records. Singer/songwriter Lee Ketch wrote the title track as a love letter to his wife of four years, and its hook serves as the album’s thesis statement: “It’s my masterpiece / this love that you gave to me.” Ketch takes a lot of his cues from songwriters of the ‘70s, packing lyrical depth into each hook. Lead single “Alison” tells a story of unrequited love at a middle school church camp in rural Oregon (“You’re so cruel / You’re so divine / I wanna make your piety mine”) and “Masterpiece” marvels at the excitement and trials of lifelong commitment where “Never Alone” gets practically metaphysical about it (“I’ve searched the tomb a thousand times and he is gone / but with you I’m never alone”). Masterpiece is a tender-hearted and introspective tribute to the joys and pains of falling–and staying–in love, detonated by an orchestra of guitars.