Blue Kubricks is back around generating enough noise to rumble your speakers! The band from Leeds in the UK release their new track LATIN, that hits on notes of Indie Pop Punk, a heavier direction from their previous releases like HEROIN. Aggressive but playful from the start, heavy on the drums and thrashing guitar with mischievous lyrics, giving you enough energy to mosh around. The solo mid song gives it that extra cherry on top, just when you think it could not get wilder. The melodic guitar riff cleans up the garage rock band sound, but not too much as to take away from the authenticity of is rugged edge. Blue Kubricks debuts on Monomyth Records with LATIN, and they made sure they stood out!
Indoorsmen coming at you heavy with not only sound, but a collection of tunes! Fresh off the release of their debut EP CLEANING HOUSE, Pt. 1, the Chicago indie rock band comes packing with 6 amazing songs. The crew promoted the project with the release of their hit singles PANIC ATTACK and BE LIKE THIS prior to the full release, laying out the general theme for the EP. Lyrically the band glosses over themes of introspection, struggle and perseverance, as well as feeling suspect towards societal constructs, and the title CLEANING HOUSE hints to sorting out the mind. Sonically hitting on punk rock and grunge sounds you can associate with bands like the Offspring, contributing to the growing diversity among Chicago artists and their sound.
Starting out heavy and full of energy off the bat with their single PANIC ATTACK, they have a catchy riff and chant to join with on the chorus. Concise lyrics connects to their perspective on anxiety, “Alarm clock pulls me out of bed, another day trying to get ahead, but I only fall further behind, another day of losing my mind. Been grinding my teeth to dust…” You can almost feel it creeping up on you in the details! Their next track GET THROUGH gets deeper, as a tribute song to a loss of a friend, and how it is to go through the motions of such tragedy.
Leading into the next single BE LIKE THIS, the energy is lightened up a bit, bringing the internal thoughts outwards, yelling out in their chorus “I don’t wanna be like this, be like this, be like this!” Sometimes all you need is a burst of hysterical realizations to inspire winds of change! CLEANING HOUSE, Pt 1 continues on these ideas in different forms, with the 2nd half of the EP diving intricately deeper into sounds that make up Indoorsmen talent and style. A powerful and thoughtful project, connecting you with the bands artists and even yourself, through conscious lyrics or even the intense sounds of their genre.
Abstract in all senses of the word, this Monica Rose music video release for her track ALIEN will make you feel other worldly! Wildly creative with claymation animation, an impressive and time consuming effort resulting in a Mark Twain‘s Mysterious Stranger style presentation. She creates a scene in a room of art, singing lyrics like, “Staring out at the stars you’d think I’m not from here,” Monica seems to be in a state of contemplation. Over a lo-fi indie rock production, following up from her music video for BUTTERFLIES, Monica Rose has a fresh and dynamic style that sticks out among Chicago artists, exciting to hear what she may be coming up with next. A keeper for the playlist!
Like a pheonix rising from its ashes, destruction can be a catalyst for new life and beginnings. Just as the pheonix, Broken Robots understands the significance and power of starting anew, even through unconventional and sometimes harsh, definite conclusions. With their recent music video release, BURN IT DOWN, Kat & Tony Baker & Lonnie Phillips encourage intense self reflection as a means to an end, or a beginning.
Not being strangers to difficult situations and thoughts, Broken Robots Kat and Tony Baker create a powerful message with their success and existence. From being heroin addicted, homeless and facing criminal penalties, mental health issues and abusive relationships, the two essentially burned down the toxic lifestyle that dominated their lives in order to build upon the ashes, an empire! In a conversation with Chicago Sound Check, we get a closer evaluation of the song and videos purpose and meaning.
Tony Baker leads with some powerful insight about personal relationships; “There doesn’t necessarily always have to be a protagonist and an antagonist for a relationship to end or to kind of burn out.” He continues, “And it doesn’t mean anyone’s wrong, doesn’t mean someone’s a bad person.” Kat goes on to add, regarding the video, “Its based on a lot of different experiences… Being from relationships like in the video, relationships where you have to struggle between whether or not you should stay or go or if it’s worth keeping it or burning it down.” The video shot by Joel Lopez includes actors Jessica Ebacher & Ahmed Forero in scenes of tense interactions, creating a visual metaphor to what Broken Robots conveys lyrically. Before you know it, you will have BURN IT DOWN playing on repeat as the soundtrack for your personal self fulfilling missions!
Coming across fresh faces in Nobatoby! Releasing a music video recently and bringing summer energy back into our lives. Using a song off their debut EP BRAIN STORM, the Chicago artists create a visual water park experience, creating a nostalgic vibe with the combination of music. Taking advantage of the empty amusement rides in NYC due to COVID circumstances. Adding to the diversity of Chicago music, alternative indie rock music fans would enjoy this, with a similar sound to Smashing Pumpkins and the likes, GO DOWN it is already on replay here!
An astounding performative character, on and off the stage! Radiating confidence, independence and joy where ever she is seen. Emma Grace is an artist on another level, with quite an inspiring attitude, whether she knows it or not. First learning of Emma at an Ever Evolved open mic event, she is making noise right now with a release, and it is exciting to hear some new music from this artist!
Upon first look Emma looks like a sweet, cherishing gal, but that is changed instantly upon her behavior and talent on stage! Enveloping a room with her deep range of vocals and energy, and it is contagious. She is a rockstar! Her style of music and lyricism captures you and you cannot help but move! More than that, she can be an inspiring character for confidence on and off stage.
Emma is an artist to push boundaries no doubt, of what it is to be, look and act like as an artist. As a curvy woman, she proudly displays her beauty in a multitude of ways. From tastefully provocative photography as a model, to performing on stage, in front of a crowd with nothing on, but pasties and underwear. Whether she intended to or not, she may as well accept the banner of a role model for confidence, self love and joyfulness!
Aside from her inspiring and very welcoming attitude, her voice and work as an artist is the cherry on top of it all! With her latest release LOVING WAYS, she projects her energy through lyrics. The opening lines say it all, “Oh all the loving ways to know, yea we got a ways to go, all the loving ways to grow.” LOVING WAYS places you right in the moment, with a message to remain positive despite adversity. She articulates it much more fluidly, so press play and get to those LOVING WAYS.
Chicago’s HxLT comes out with his own tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement. The short project contains just three tracks but it packs some power. Filled with distorted bass, percussion, raw lyricism and chants depicting the angst of the current social-political atmosphere. It holds more of the Punk genre audio aesthetic, with the anti-authority, anarcho attitude, audio distortion and gutteral vocals, compared to his more hip hop and edm releases. The final track, NO MORE, jumps into the 90’s militant minded, political hip hop that first shed light on police brutality in its peak popularity, and that era’s message is just as relevant today.
Notable Chicago duo, The Hood Internet, just finished their music time machine! The two have embarked on a journey throughout the 80’s, sampling the decades most favored songs and artists in a handful of songs representing each year of the 80’s. Why has this not been done before? – We just needed genius’s like the Hood Internet in Chicago to manifest this concept obviously. Together they mixed together artists like Kool and the Gang, Rick James, Men Without Hats, Daryll Hall & John Oats, Survivors, Michael Jackson, The Clash, Bonnie Tyler, Eurythmics, David Bowie, Corey Hart, Van Halen, Cyndi Lauper, Eazy E, Dr. Dre, RUN DMC and way more, in a seamless progression. A homage to a decade of that forever shaped the culture of music in countless ways, from disco to hip hop, rock n’ roll, synth pop and countless cultural references from hollywood movies to music icons, perfectly represented thanks to The Hood Internet!
With a claim to fame, the UK alternative rock band Blue Kubricks shout at the top of their lungs what they know to be true, “I’m Famous,” in their new single HEROIN. More so addicted to the feeling of the Rock n’ Roll lifestyle, the title purely a metaphor. As the the brothers from the UK would put the iconic phrase in reverse, Rock N Rock, Sex & Drugs; a more proper order. “You love me, I love me too. Oh, yea I do, Cause I’m Famous,” Blue Kubricks add to the chorus, embracing their self made situation. Similar in sound to Incubus or Smashing Pumpkins, they capture the energy of Rock n Roll music perfectly.
Kat Baker, Tony Baker and Lonnie Phillips are the members of rising Chicago based rock band, Broken Robots. Harnessing an eclectic sound: whispery, melancholic vocals, with bass lines that sound like a cross between Seinfeld and The Faint‘s bassist, Dapose. Broken Robots have a style that cannot easily be compared.
The music video features the three band mates performing DIMES AND QUARTERS in various locations, showcasing their chemistry and tenderness. “I’ve been feeling like a fish, out of water. I’ve been trying to pay the rent with dimes and quarters.” The chorus is deeply felt throughout the song (especially if you’ve ever been broke) and it never feels repetitive. Their compositional style along with their build ups, crescendoing runs, late bridge, and even a guitar solo from Tony Baker, all feel in good taste. This song contains a well thought out and complex structure; which is appreciated in the day and age of formulaic pop rock and pop bands.
Dimes and Quarters is the 4th song from the upcoming EP THE ESCAPE ARTIST. Written and produced by Kat Baker, Tony Baker, and Lonnie Phillips, mastered by Blaise Barton working out of Joyride Studios. The music video was produced, directed, shot and edited by Joel Lopez of Lumbra Records. Broken Robots offer something different in the current saturated world of music and their single, DIMES AND QUARTERS, is in our permanent rotation.
Cover Photo: Joel Lopez