Monday, September 20, 2010 from Pint Size StudioHere are some bands from the Chicago scene that you may or may not have heard of. Keep in mind, when I say they are the 4 best, that is just my opinion. I would love to hear about what bands you like as I am always looking for new music to listen to.
Savvy – Savvy describes themselves as “Strangefunk”, and although they are strange at times and offer a certain amount of funk, I would hesitate to label them as such. They have such a unique sound that it is almost hard to define, but if I were going to try, the closest I could get would be to say they sound like a combination of Bjork, David Byrne (Talking Heads), Tricky, and Minus The Bear. They are definitely a band that has to be heard to be understood and appreciated, but once you give it a listen you will wonder how your music collection survived this long without them in it.
Savvy has just independently released their first record Dictated Not Red, and so far it has lived up to every expectation I had (and in some cases exceeded). Before the record came out I had the opportunity to check out the songs That’s Just Good Business and Aray Bali on their myspace page, and thought, “I don’t know how they are going to top this.” Well, they managed to. Not to say those two songs are crap, because they aren’t, but songs like 101608, It’s About How My Face And Balls Itched Real Bad For About A Week, Hmph, and Mono are by far my new favorites from this band that usually gigs as a Talking Heads tribute called This Must Be The Band.
I have yet to catch one of their live shows as they rarely play out anywhere as Savvy, but I am willing to wager that they are just as good live as they are recorded, if not better. If you would like to find out what all the buzz is about, check out their myspace page http://www.myspace.com/savvychicago and go to http://savvychicago.bandcamp.com/ to download their debut album Dictated Not Red. I promise it is well worth the time and money.
To read about the other 3 bands, click here.