Double Door Welcomes
Rah Rah, The Damn Choir, Lamp, The Kuhls (video release)
1572 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL, 60622
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Originally formed as a trio in 2007 in Regina, SK, the now expansive rock sextet Rah Rah, will release their new record, The Poet’s Dead digitally on October 2, 2012 and physically on October 23, 2012 via Hidden Pony Records. Recorded in the fall of 2011, under the production guidance of indie-rock recording experts Gus Van Go and Werner F (The Stills, Hollerado, Preistess), Rah Rah have fine-tuned the band and refined their sound. Lyrically, The Poet’s Dead showcases some of the finest songwriting from the band and the strongest collective step forward to date.
Known for their energetic, enthralling live shows, where constantly swapping instruments and lead vocal duties is the norm, their shows also feature a parade of balloons, confetti canons, and the constant presence of the band's white, persian robotic mascot cat.
Rah Rah was crowned “Best New Canadian Band” and “Best New Alternative Band” by iTunes Canada in 2009. The band’s songs have also been featured as iTunes Single of the Week and Starbucks Pick of the Week in Canada. The band has toured incessantly behind their previous two albums, sharing tours with the likes of Minus The Bear in Canada and USA, Wintersleep in Europe and Canada, and label-mates Said The Whale.
The Damn Choir
Hailing from Chicago, The Damn Choir aims to make music that distills complex emotions into simple, subtle compositions. Singer Gordon Robertson's voice, persuasive and unguarded, broadcasts a passionate desperation. Vulnerable and stingingly honest, his lyrics confront the darker aspects of life and love while still holding on to the hope of something better.
Melodies provided by Katy Myers's cello make the songs soar, sink, and swirl. Bassist Brandon Stein leads the rhythm section that allows the acoustic folk songs to move forward while never rushing ahead. And The Damn Choir displays that passion in a live setting, playing an exciting, rocking, and lulling set filled with dynamics. The songs celebrate life, from the happy moments to the sad ones.
The Damn Choir have shared the stage with acts such as Grouplove, Churchill, Hey Marseilles and The Lumineers. The Damn Choir have toured extensively and played national fests including SXSW, Midpoint Music Festival, and NXNE. Later this year they'll record their third album at Trout Recording in Brooklyn, NY with producer Bryce Goggin (Pavement, Swans, Akron/Family, The Apples In Stereo). Fans of Frightened Rabbit, The National and The Walkmen take note: The Damn Choir would like for you to sing along.
"...the patient thrumming of an acoustic guitar, an eloquent co-ed duet that’s just off-rhythm enough to raise an eyebrow, and unexpected piano harmonies. The Damn Choir has this formula down pat, but it doesn’t sound like a formula—it’s more like an approach locals Gordon Robertson and Katy Myers are deeply rooted in."
-Onion A.V. Club Chicago, April 2012
“The Damn Choir exhibits a compositional understanding that is so often absent in fledgling bands which sets them apart. If these acts continue to push themselves in this new direction, I think they could very well be signed in the next year.”
-The Vinyl District, May 2012
"The six-piece creates a sound that rises and falls in harmony with the spirit of Robertson’s angst-filled lyrics."
-Fearless Radio, May 2012
"Elegance. It's the overwhelming quality that's present in the music of The Damn Choir. Take the band's lead single from their newest album, "Noah," for example. An electric guitar line dances between the simple strumming of an acoustic rhythm."
-Gaper’s Block, May 2012
Lamp is an experimental rock group from Chicago that combines electronics with oversized guitar sounds and frenetic vocal work. What began as a home studio collaboration between David Curtin and Chris Ash has quickly flourished into a five-piece band, including Aaron Cauble, Maxwell Beckman and Abe Vucekovich. Their self-titled EP is the first studio work from the band to document their new sound.
The Kuhls (video release)
The Kuhls is the collaborative project of sisters Renee and Grace Kuhl, brought to life by their kickass monster-slaying, demon-defying rock band. Raised in Kansas, now based in Chicago, the sisters enlist their friends in some explicit urban guitar slashing while unconsciously maintaining a firm grip on their roots. Their first full-length album Holy Rollin was released independently in February 2013.
Holy Rollin' is an independent release featuring twelve songs that span the Kuhls' diverse sonic influences... 90s grunge/70s rock n roll/country western/girl pop all find meeting places in the songwriting of sisters Renee and Grace Kuhl. Joining them on the album are good friends from the Chicago area: Luke Otwell (People's Temple of America) on electric guitar and lap slide, Gregg Midon (Sons of the West) on drums, Anthony DeSanto (Sons of the West) on electric guitar and Kyle Crager (Soft Candy, Odd Folk) on bass.
"It’s a nasty bit of business, in the country-tinged rock ballad tradition of the Rolling Stones or Gram Parsons... “Holy Rollin’ ” documents the newfound grit in the guitars and vocals in songs both bittersweet and biting." - Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune
"...an intriguing conflation of folk, country and rock that finds fresh ways to showcase that familiar combination." - TimeOut Chicago