Sofar Sounds: Chicago 12/03

It’s been a long time since we’ve been to a Sofar Sounds, but great to head back to old traditions – except this time, in Chicago! Chicago has one of the best indie new music scenes in the states so we were very excited to see what was going on here with these native Chicago bands.


Close Kept was the first band to take to the stage. A band on the newer side, with one EP out so far ‘Simple Facts,’ we got to hear songs from here as well as some newer ones – one brand new song performed for the first time. In fact it was so brand new they didn’t have a name for it yet, so it’s great to see songs when still so raw and fresh! (But on the spot decided to name it ‘Pigeon Hole’ for the night.) The band’s lead singer had some georgous husky vocals, and the instrumentation was also beautiful, my favourite ting about the band being the harmonics played by the acoustic guitarist.


Next up was singer / rapper Ohana Bam, who is playing at Austin’s annual SXSW this week too! Ohana was really enjoyable to watch, the best part about his performance being his clever, stand out lyrics, my favourite definitely being “My pocket so puffy they might think I’m diddy.” ‘Do or Die’ was also a great song of his, and exactly the kind of motivation people need to hear these days!


Max and the Mild ones closed the night. A very bright, energetic 5 piece band, signed to local record label Shuga Records in Wicker Park, these guys are definitely ones who's music I will remember. My favourite song of theirs was ‘Without You,’ – an original song of theirs with, again, very memorable and emotive lyrics, as well as ‘Wild One,’ the title track for their EP. They closed the night with a cover of Neil Young’s ‘Everybody’s Alone,’ which they did justice to!


We love seeing and meeting the best of new music in each city and Sofar Sounds is definitely a way to go, so thanks to Sofar Chicago for this Sunday night!