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I Lost Control

"I Lost Control should appeal to anybody that likes gloomy British music from the '80s, but they're a little more interesting than most of their immediate peers"
- OSWALD HOBBES, Assault The Weekend

Our output is something edgy and interesting, along the post-punk revival vein; average listeners and dedicated old-school indie-fans enjoy our shows.

** Formed in early 2008, Chicago IL.

Entering its second iteration, I Lost Control is rockin' as strong as ever.

Stevo continues to lead the charge with 360s, knee drops and angel wings on stage. First lieutenant Tennent backs him up on lead axe, walking the fine line between subtle hooks and uncontrolled feedback. He remains the band's genuine gloomy British connection.

Tina L Sunny joins them to add a wealth of Indiana indie rock heritage on the bass. She also brings stunning good looks and an innate knowledge of herbal remedy cures. This is why the faint scent of peppermint pervades every I Lost Control show.

The band rounds out with a percussive story that has beginnings in 1981 Athens, GA. JB spent the next twenty years wandering around the US with his paint brushes and drum sticks before chancing upon the I Lost Control 'Factory' studio. He needed a band. They needed a drummer. They all loved German meat balls and schnapps.

Thus, they became four.

** Now...

I Lost Control's 2011 debut EP Cones & Arrows is floating around cyber space and available at choice Chicago music shops such as Laurie's Planet Of Sound, Hard Boiled Records, and Reckless. We have two full-releases worth of material on the books.

Much more to follow…

The state of things today is very much on the mind of frontman Jon Scarpelli and bandmate Scott Simon on the latest record by electronic-rock duo, Low Swans. "The Whole World Has No Clothes" is a 10 song meditation on the waning of modern society set to ambient 80's tinged synth textures, neo-prog electronic beats and dexterous vocals. Released on November 1st of 2014 to a sold out show, the new Low Swans record has only begun to permeate the scene. With influences as far and wide as EDM, classical minimalism and post-rock, the record is a stylistic leap from their past records. Carrying the thread is Scarpelli's take on the complexity of the human situation and the underlying tragic beauty.

While songs like "Cannibal" and "What you Wanted" harken to specific catastrophes in recent history, they ask the wider question of whether or not the calamities of the past or the future are avoidable. Other songs like "Not Today" and "All of the Lies You Settle For" complement this idea by suggesting that we can be redeemed by our relationships even while the world spins out of control. "Little Boy/Fat Man" goes so far as to suggest the massively destructive power of unexamined conflict between two people.

Low Swans has been a long time coming for frontman Scarpelli with some of their material dating back over a decade, and on this new record, their sound seems to have finally coalesced. Starting in earnest in 2013, the Low Swans sound had been forming in Scarpelli's mind over several years and in a way completes a circle. Jon started out experimenting with electronic music in his formative years in a very primitive form and on a computer that struggled to keep up. Recording raw sounds and editing them into a full composition was his first foray into the medium. Taking inspiration from Radiohead, Bjork and Sigur Ros, this thread of musical interest seemed to get buried over the years by multiple projects in vastly different styles. Over the next 12 years, from punk rock to alt-country, he focused on song craft rather than sonic craft. Building up a huge repertoire of songs all the while leaving the appetite for more elaborate and synthetic texture unsatisfied and confined to files on a computer. Emerging from these other bands an accomplished songwriter, the opportunity had come to put together the production aspirations with the songs to start creating the Low Swans sound which would end up featuring long time collaborator, vibraphonist and multi instrumentalist, Scott Simon. Starting with a 10 song demo in 2011 called "Before & After Disasters", Low Swans began to develop into what we hear on 2014's "The Whole World Has No Clothes". Though preceeded by a notably acoustic EP "Blood & Tolls" in 2012, "The Whole World Has No Clothes" arrives as a moment of synthesis where experience, craftsmenship & spirit emerge as a distilled, genre-defying statement.


With material that had matured for years, Chicago native Matthew Pantelis sought to bring his unique musical sense to fruition through the five piece band that formed in July of 2014. As each member brought their own musical background and vision to the table, these songs started to carve out a new sound of Rock N Roll. Something totally fresh and exciting, with elements bridging genres and tossing out convention. With their debut EP available now and a full length on the horizon, Non Exotic has visions of grandeur for the entire rock genre.

Live shows feature hard hitting melodies, soaring solos, rich harmonics and powerful lyrical content. Non Exotic specializes in getting up close and personal with all emotions and mental states. Follow us on our journey to the edges of the human condition.

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