They‟ve blasted past the decade mark, released three acclaimed albums, and indisputably owned more than a thousand shows in over 25 countries. By now, people know: When it comes to sassy, confident, feel-good rock ‟n‟ roll Sweden‟s The Sounds are the gold standard. Even as they‟ve evolved markedly since their 2002 breakthrough debut, Living In America, the Malmö-based quintet has remained true to their New Wave soul, delivering that perfect mix of sass and smarts, old and new, electric and electronic every time. Even through label shakeups and grueling tour schedules, The Sounds have been remarkably reliable, but when it came time to make their fourth album, Something To Die For, they realized it was time for a major change.
"We‟ve grown so much together and we know exactly what we want," says Felix Rodriguez, the group‟s resident rock star, guitarist, and one of the main songwriters. "So why hire other people? This is the first time we‟ve produced an album ourselves and it was an amazing experience. We are the ones that know each other best." While The Sounds‟ last two albums – Dying To Say This To You (2006) and Crossing The Rubicon (2009) – were recorded Stateside with a handful of talented producers on board (including Jeff Saltzman, Mark Saunders, James Iha, and Adam Schlesinger), Something To Die For is one hundred percent The Sounds. Not only did the band produce the album themselves, but they wrote and recorded it in their very own studio over much of 2010.
"It took discipline," says Maja Ivarsson, the towheaded vocal vamp of the band, "but the sound we got was exactly what we‟d been looking for, and never found, at other studios. Something kinda harsh and a little cold – it‟s hard to put into words, but here we were, in our own place, listening back to what we‟d recorded, and we‟re like, „This is it!‟" From opener "It‟s So Easy," the difference is palpable. With four on the floor, the band bangs out a pulsing track that goes from ominous to blindingly bright as it approaches the transcendent "Dance With The Devil." Here, Maja promises to "conquer our planet with dance," and with anthemic, electro-fueled tracks like "Better Off Dead" and "Yeah Yeah Yeah," The Sounds may do just that.
"We‟ve been interested in electronic music from the beginning," says Jesper Anderberg, keyboardist, guitarist and other main writer. "That‟s actually why a lot of us started playing music, and we wanted to emphasize that a bit more this time." When most of the group came together in 1998 as high school students in Helsingborg, they were "club kids" says Felix. Rounded out by bassist Johan Bengtsson and drummer Fredrik Blond, The Sounds have always displayed a healthy respect for bombastic synths and propulsive beats, but on Something To Die For, the feeling is bigger, broader and bolder. Of course, the same could be said about the band‟s rocking side.
Songs like "Diana" show off The Sounds‟ undeniable penchant for playful post-punk, while "The No No Song" is pure rock-pop rave-up, with Maja spitting vitriol through a vicious sneer: "It didn't matter to you when it felt so right /And now you lost it all, well you're not so bright." All of it comes together perfectly on the titular song and album centerpiece, "Something To Die For" where, over the course of five and a half minutes, Jarre-like atmosphere dissolves into a speaker-crushing thump that climaxes in a winning collision of red hot guitars and icy keyboards. "It‟s all about passion and dedication," says Maja. "That‟s what the title means -- it‟s something to be proud of, something to stand up for ... something to die for."
After all of this fabulous bluster, Something To Die For comes to a surprisingly quiet close with "Wish You Were Here." Over a rolling, folksy acoustic guitar, Maja coos, "Give me your hand and we‟ll go somewhere." The truth is, The Sounds had us in their palms from the very first note.

Gemini Club is Dan Brunelle, Tom Gavin, Ryan Luciani and Gordon Bramli, a four-piece indie-electronica band from Chicago, Illinois. Their unique live shows have been tearing up the scene for the last two years. Far from the conventional live performance, Gemini Club have a specially designed rig that allows for on-the-fly remixing of their own songs meaning each Gemini Club show is different from the last. This has resulted in them being asked to the support the likes of Chromeo, A-Trak, Two Door Cinema Club, Who-Made-Who, Dj Falcon and Chateau Marmont.

Their first single, Ghost “Ghost” came out hot in the blogosphere, which has resulted in remixes from Hey Champ, Barretso, Golden Bug and Only Children. The track has also been picked up for air play from BBC Radio 1’s tastemaker show “In New DJs We Trust.”

From the mid-west to the Orient, Gemini Club’s own remix chops are in demand online and across the globe. Their remix for Australian band The Vanish went straight into the top ten of Hype Machine’s charts. The band’s spin on “Cold Dust Girl” entered the same top ten charts on five different occasions within a month - and their remix for Shinichi Osawa has been a mainstay on the iTunes dance charts in Japan. Most recently, the gents of GC’s remix of Chilly Gonzales premiered on the RCRD LBL blog as the most downloaded track of the week.

As a talent on the rise, they have been hard at work on an EP to be released, that is to be sure to keep people's feet moving on dance floors everywhere well through the rest of the year.

DJ Greg Corner

Greg Corner is a Chicago based DJ, bass player, event producer, music programmer and artist consultant best known for his ability to throw successful events and spin eclectic music that people of all backgrounds love.

Greg got his start in the music business throwing underground house events around the Chicago land area in the early 90’s, but it wasn’t until Greg joined the Chicago-based electronic-rock group Kill Hannah in 1997 that his live music career took off.

Greg’s career as a DJ officially began in 2000 when Greg started his first club night Make Out Club, based around electronic and brit-rock music. Make Out Club was an immediate hit, and Greg soon found himself booking international deejays to fill out the roster, including electro-house pioneer Tommie Sunshine. Make Out Club only came to an end in 2002 when Kill Hannah signed a record deal with Atlantic Records and the band began touring the U.S. extensively.

In 2005, Greg started Dark Wave Disco with Chicago DJ’s Trancid and Mark Gertz. Dark Wave Disco was one of the first indie-electro events in the country and it became a huge success fast. The Dark Wave Disco DJs went on to host events showcasing big name acts such as: Justice, MSTRKRFT, Digitalism, Steve Aoki, Felix Da Housecat, A-Trak and Uffie just name a few. In turn, Greg and his partners were invited to DJ some of the hottest parties around the globe. In 2009, Dark Wave Disco had the honor of performing the first year of Perry’s Stage at Lollapalooza.

As Dark Wave Disco’s success grew, Greg continued to tour the world with his band Kill Hannah, all the while refining his taste for all forms of modern music. In 2010, Greg started two weekly DJ residencies in Chicago, in combination a platform for Greg to showcase his eclectic taste, spinning pop, rock, indie, hip-hop, soul, disco and all forms of electronic music. At the same time, he began programming music for nightclubs and restaurants around the country, most notably Old Town Social (Chicago,IL) and Quality Social (San Diego,Ca).

In August of 2011, Greg was chosen to DJ President Barrack Obama’s 50th Birthday party at Aragon Ballroom, playing alongside such notable musical guests as Herbie Hancock, OK GO and Jennifer Hudson. This event lead him to DJ more political events for the First Lady Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton and for the entire Obama campaign staff on election night. In May of 2012, Greg founded Indie-Pendent Industries, an event and music consulting company based in Chicago, and has since personally performed at events sponsored by Google, Chevrolet, Budweiser, Diesel, All Saints, Vitamin Water and the Art Institute of Chicago. Most recently Greg was appointed musical director for JBTV Music Television. JBTV has been on the air for 25+ years and is a music based television show shot in Chicago and syndicated on NBC nationwide.

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Sunday, October 20 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM at Double Door