Tue, December 6, 2016
Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:30 pm
$10 advance / $12 day of show
This event is 18 and over
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"I like to write real songs that survive all on their own," he explains of the sound. "One human and one instrument. Just the human even." Melodic and hazy, its ramshackle surface hides an attention to detail that leaves the 'lo-fi' tag dead in the water.
"The lo-fi thing was all unintentional," he confirms. "This was me trying my hardest to keep all the different sounds and layers under control. Make the reverbs and chorus sound nice and get just the right amount of overdrive from the multi-track's inputs, while at the same time trying to make sure I kept the natural sounds and feels of the real sources the music was coming from."
Armed with little more than a TASCAM 8-track and "the cheapest pawn shop instruments [he] could afford," the upcoming self-titled debut took shape in remote and rural America, and that comforting step away from the hustle and bustle is felt throughout.
First single sees 'I Can Do No Wrong' sees shimmery guitar-work draw upon that feeling of a Midwestern summer's stifling heat. Driven along by a crackling beat, it's a stripped back approach to garage-rock that focuses on melody and avoids the all-too-common desire to drench everything in layer-upon-layer of fuzz.
"The warbling in the chorus is me shaking the whole cassette after taking off the front of the tape tray," he explains of his process. There's a similar free-spiritedness throughout the record – on 'There's No One Crying Over Me Either', the four-note piano refrain was a happy accident: "I was walking past a piano in a friends house and hit four notes at random, stopped and played them again a few times, then sang a melody, and it eventually became this song."
"The last time I had a TASCAM 8-track I was fourteen," he continues on the subject of the record's playful and timeless nature. "The TASCAM was fitting because I was kinda trying to write the album I had always wanted to write since I first started playing music." For the character behind American Wrestlers, then, it's a lifelong ambition finally realised – for all us lucky enough to hear the fruits of his labour, it's a wonderfully timeless record, and one that's destined to inspire another generation of youngsters to pick up their own 8-track.
In 2013, the Chicago quintet debuted its first EP, Thanks for Nothing, and subsequently released VARSITY, a self-titled LP, in March 2015. Both releasesare the infectious sum of each member's musical aesthetics, and impossibly weighted with all the good stuff - a misbehaved tone and frenetic pulse that polaroids the last recess before summer vacation, tetherball realism, and sunny slaps in the face. Smith's pliable lyrics and remedying voice make each song feel like she wrote it just for you--your very own five-foot-something bedroom beat poet.
The well-received releases garnered VARSITY an eclectic following, shimmering blog affection, and a spot in Chicago weekly Redeye's "10 under-the-radar, must-own Chicago releases from 2015." Along with being featured over the airwaves on WHPK, WXRT's "Local Anesthetic," CHIRP Radio and WLUW's Clambake (showcasing songs by "ladies, women, and grrrls"), the band's badges include support for Courtney Barnett, Alvvays, Car Seat Headrest, Twin Peaks, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Diet Cig and Protomartyr.
"VARSITY...takes summery pop hooks and gives them a distinctly rough edge, likeif acts like Tennis or Best Coast had more crunchy guitar riffs and piercing rock jams," writes Josh Terry, Chicago Redeye.
The band is currently releasing a new digital double A-side single, "Smash / Still Apart", and kicking off another East Coast tour in July. Much like the acclaimed split single releases before them, VARSITY again sounds wistful, unhinged, and fun like a fridge full of beer.
Featuring members of: The Fatal Flaw, Wolfblitzer, Bellwire, Mount Peru and Soft Pyramids.
The band was initially formed by Aaron Spransy as a laptop bedroom project following a move from Milwaukee to Boston. Following the critical acclaim of “Midwest Manners” the project quickly evolved into a living, breathing band.
The lineup has featured some talented folks including:
Gavin McCarthy (Karate, Ted Leo), Joel Reader (Mr. T Experience and Pansy Division) Matt Girard (Parks, Ruby Rose Fox and Will Dailey) and Jonathan Ulman (Thalia Zedek, Bearstronaut and many more).
Chances are he'd humbly laugh it off if you told him so, but Sinnet's Aaron Spransy is that uniquely talented singer/songwriter with an often-elusive capital “W." Spransy's pen is both personal and universal: love, death and the innate need to explore.
Sinnet's own name comes from a gift Spransy's father gave his mother: the license plate on several of her Toyota Camrys over the years… she loved playing tennis.
Sinnet is currently finishing the recording their debut full-length with long time "recordist" Matthew Girard at Dave Minehan's Wooly Mammoth Sound.
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