The Hush Sound, Hockey

Chicago is to Pop-Rock as Detroit was to Motown, according to any recent music buff. A new band has emerged from the ever-growing musical sanctuary of the Windy City -- The Hush Sound. Revolving around the microphone, Bob Morris, Greta Salpeter, Chris Faller, and Darren Wilson weave their lyrics into rich, imagery-laden stories. Their catchy, dreamlike, folk-influenced waltzes swell with elevating piano and guitar into songs that are equally perfect for bedtime or dancing.

After being a band for only three months, The Hush Sound recorded their first full-length album, So Sudden, in the spring of 2005. They released their debut album on their own before gaining the interest of Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz (who was urged to listen by Panic! At the Disco's Ryan Ross) and were signed to his imprint label on Fueled By Ramen, Decaydance Records. The Hush Sound began writing Like Vines immediately after the release of their first album and recorded it over three weeks in March of 2006 with producer Sean O'Keefe and co-producer Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy.

On June 6th, 2006, The Hush Sound will unveil Like Vines. Each imagery-rich song tells a story that is different from the next, yet they connect to form a complete thought, like scenes in a film. When you turn on Like Vines, you will run through a circus scene, be haunted by a ghost in a lighthouse, enter the mind of a stalker or go for a picnic. Swing, groove, rock, pop, and classical influences are woven in beneath the boy-girl vocals. You will be lifted by the summery melodies, lulled by the haunting songs and intrigued by the sometimes quirky, sometimes sweet, and always imaginative nature of The Hush Sound.

The Hush Sound recently opened for Fall Out Boy and The All-American Rejects on their spring arena tour and for The Academy Is...and FOB in the UK before joining labelmates Panic! At the Disco on a full US summer tour full of polka dancing and gambling.

Hockey are now located in Brooklyn. New album "Wyeth IS" is scheduled for release spring 2013

River City Extension

Lucas Carpenter

Crossing state lines with guitars, looping pedals, and all manner of percussive instrument in tow, Lucas Carpenter is a modern pop troubadour. With a beat heavy and melody rich sound that borrows from his love of folk songcraft, the colorfulness of pop, Nashville storytelling, and hip electronic production values, LC is remixing what it means to be a singer-songwriter.

Born into a tightly knit, small town community in Pennsylvania, he is the son of a funeral director and the much loved black sheep of a large family. A self-proclaimed "Art Kid From the Country", Lucas began his creative journey in musical theater productions, choirs, and garage bands before moving first to Pittsburgh, then to Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music ('06 Songwriting graduate), and on to Philadelphia where he currently resides when not on the road. His songs are colorful sonic tapestries, contrasting the mundane and often comic reality of life in rural America against the cultural diversity and fast pace of the cities he's called home.

Since releasing the "Art Kids From the Country" EP 3 years ago, Lucas has played over 300 shows, sold over 3,000 albums and digital downloads completely independently, and created "The Pixelated Path" (2008), his most ambitious work to date. "The Path", produced with Los Angeles based friend and producer Alder (Sean Kingston), ventured into new sonic territory, combining beats generated from samples of office equipment, classic synthesizer sounds, beatboxing, and even a desk chair rolling across the floor, with organic instrumentation that included fretless guitar, Irish tin whistles, nyckelharpa (Swedish keyed fiddle), and toy pianos.

Currently, Lucas is on the road, sharing his high octane, electro-acoustic show with fans across the country. As a songwriter, a storyteller, a producer, and a performer Lucas Carpenter offers a new vision for the modern pop artist.

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The Hush Sound, Hockey with River City Extension, Genevieve Schatz of Company of Thieves, Lucas Carpenter

Wednesday, May 29 · Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM at The Firebird