Double Door Welcomes
Archer Prewitt, Redgrave
1572 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL, 60622
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
The Pedaljets originated in Lawrence, Kansas in 1984 and were one of the “almost famous” alternative acts of the 1980s – a missing link between The Replacements and Nirvana. From their beginning, the Pedaljets toured the country nonstop, often opening for the likes of Hüsker Dü, Flaming Lips, The Replacements, Meat Puppets, and other usual suspects of 1980s alternative/punk America. They released two full lengths – the first, “Today Today,” on Twilight Records in 1988 to great accolades, the Lawrence Journal World calling it a “regional standard” with Creem, Trouser Press and many others chiming in as well. The second LP, “Pedaljets,” was released on Communion in 1989 and was rushed out as an unfinished, poorly realized “what might have been” of an LP. The “Pedaljets” CD garnered solid national attention and good reviews, despite its flaws. After six years of almost nonstop touring and born upon a deep disappointment with this second LP, the Pedaljets quietly disbanded in July 1990. Ironically, at the time they broke up, the Pedaljets’ flag was flying higher than ever. They were on MTV and packing clubs around the country; even the opening montage of credits on Saturday Night Live featured a quick shot of a Pedaljets poster.
Now fast-forward to winter 2006, when rumors began circulating around KC about some kind of a quasi-Pedaljets reunion. The story was that after listening back to “baked out” masters with producer, Paul Malinowski (bass player for former KC rock titans Shiner, Season to Risk), the guys had returned to the studio after 17 years to finally “fix the mix.” Turns out, the rumors were true. One of the 1980s more enigmatic bands temporarily had re-emerged to seek a sort of rock-and-roll redemption – a cathartic cleansing consisting of playing together again, drinking like they shouldn’t, and correcting old mistakes, not necessarily in that order. They had discovered that the tapes were salvageable. Moreover, that first night listening back to the raw masters was a surprise to everyone – Kesler and Morrow still sounded like one of rock’s great rhythm sections; Allmayer’s lyrics and chord changes were still rich, hooky, and unpredictable; and Wade’s lead guitar still resonated with the band’s expanded vision. More importantly, the songs still sounded fresh– history meets modernity. It was time to finish it right. Meeting in the studio when they could, the boys worked with Malinowski over an entire year to polish and fix the sound, and to sharpen the arrangements.
After re-recruiting the great Archer Prewitt (Sof’ Boy comic book creator and guitarist for the Sea and Cake and The Coctails) to design the cover art (Prewitt did the original film noirish color woodcut cover as well) and signing with Oxblood Records (a great KC label), the story had come full circle and was now ready for its “do-over.” The LP was rereleased in 2008 and met a favorable response, Mojo calling out the lead track, “Giants of May,” on its playlist: “Grungy country supplied by a Kansas City band that set out to make an album many years ago but only just got around to completing the task. You’ll be glad they did.”
After reuniting for a few shows around the KC area, the Pedaljets decided to return to the studio in late 2009 to record a few new songs Mike Allmayer had written. Original Pedaljet lead guitarist Phil Wade was unavailable, so this time around Malinowski assumed second guitar duties, as well as performing all recording/engineering. After recording 15 tracks in several KC studios, the band went up to Brooklyn to have John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, The Hold Steady, etc.) mix at Headgear Studios. The results are astonishing. Each song is at once vintage midwest in-your-face rock and a totally new approach to what is timeless and resonant and beyond conventional formulaic alternative pop and rock. The guys have learned something after all these years. Enjoy the single and get ready for the LP. You’ll be floored. Dig it.
Guitarist for The Sea and Cake and formerly of The Coctails. Prewitt has released 3 albums and an EP under his own name.
His guitar work is integral to the sound of his other band, The Sea and Cake, as it is for his solo work, where he manages to find an entirely different tone and timbre. Compared to his previous releases, the songs on Wilderness are primarily spare with more focused and refined arrangements.
Redgrave is Angie Mead (guitar, vox) and Stephen Howard (drums), a rock duo from Chicago.
Mead started writing and recording Redgrave songs in marathon stretches beginning August 2010 from her home in Chicago after furniture was moved into storage and replaced with recording equipment, drums and guitars. What started out as her scratch demos recorded through the audio of the video function from an old iPod Nano has since become a distinctive, cohesive 2-piece rock outfit.
Mead sent these demos to Chicago musician Stephen Howard (Pinebender, Ambulette) after wanting him to be her drummer for nearly years. They've been playing together as Redgrave since January, 2011.
Tim Rutili of Califone/Red Red Meat fame lends his guitar prowess to the track Gone to Wither, featured on the Redgrave debut 7″ (Lovitt Records, 9-26-11 ) with art design by David Yow, produced by Stephen Howard, recorded and mixed by Greg Norman at his studio in Chicago.