Q&A with THE HOLY MOTORS

The Holy Motors are playing the Green Room tonight! This rock and roll trio is sure to put on a great show. Doors are at 9, and you can check out their Q&A with House Call below.

 

1.     Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

The group’s music taste is scattered pretty widely amongst the three of us.  We really dig bands like The Stooges, Joy Division, QOTSA.

 

2.     What album/artist is on repeat right now?

The new Queens of the Stone Age album “Like Clockwork…”

 

3.     What is some music worth sharing? Discover something new? Local favorites?

One of my favorite bands right now that are actually native here to Chicago as well would definitely be White Mystery. They kick ass in too many different ways.

 

4.     What are your thoughts on Chicago/your town’s music scene?

Depends on what music you’re listening to. There is always a good scene where the good music is, and bad scene where the bad music is.

 

5.     What’s the favorite show you’ve played, and why?

Every show we play ends up as my favorite show. There is no reason to have a bad time playing to crowd of lovely folks.

 

6.     Where are some of your favorite places to see music in Chicago?

Sub T and Empty Bottle always throw great shows.  There’s some great DIY stuff happening off radar that you can only find in Chicago.

 

7.      “When I’m not working, playing, eating, or sleeping, I’m _____________”

bowling baby. We’re throwing rocks tonight!

 

The Holy Motors is sharing the stage this Saturday with Bad Bad Meow and Heroin Chic.

Green Room Pub

Doors are at 9, Show at 9:30

21+  $5

Tickets are available HERE.

Q&A with HEROIN CHIC

Chicago’s Heroin Chic brings their post-rock sounds to the Green Room stage this Saturday night. You can hear the duo here, and check out the House Call Q&A with Michael Heringhaus (vocals, guitar) below.

 

1.     Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

When I started out playing guitar, I was obsessed with Led Zeppelin, so I think my style has a lot to do with Jimmy Paige. I’ve grown away from that since but he was so influential to me, the effect is always apparent.

 

Other influences would be Jeff Tweedy and his time with Wilco more than Uncle Tupelo.  The way he makes pain beautiful and subtle impressed me and opened me up to more of an avant-garde approach to writing songs and playing rock music

 

And I always lay claim that the first good band I ever listened to was The Strokes.  People have their opinions about them now – as do I – but those first two albums are stellar and the neo-post-punk movement (white stripes included) made rock music very poppy and accessible for kids my age.

 

2.     What album/artist is on repeat right now?

For the past week, it has been Acid Rap by Chance the Rapper.  Before that was Psychic by Darkside and before that was Old by Danny Brown.  All I want are beats right now.

 

3.     What is some music worth sharing? Discover something new? Local favorites?

Sister Crystals is probably my favorite local band right now.  Their self-titled LP is brilliant. I love the guitar riffs that swoon and soar over the whole album and they write quality, expansive songs with great jams that flow in and out of the record.  So easy to play through start to finish.

 

Also, that mtvghosts EP Dystopia is so goddamn catchy.  Irresistible stuff.

 

4.     What are your thoughts on Chicago/your town’s music scene?

I’m pretty new to it, but to me it is so friendly.  I love playing shows because it is a great opportunity to meet other musicians and glean from the multifaceted music culture we have in Chicago.  There are sooooo many bands and sooo many good bands as well that each show you’re bound to run into some sound or some band you’ve never heard that might catch your ear.

 

5.     What’s the favorite show you’ve played, and why?

We haven’t played tooooo many, but we played a show at Quencher’s with the Holy Alimonies, Rat Hammer, and Zookeeper. All the bands were high energy, fun, brought out a good crowd, and I can rest assured that everyone who came out that night had a hell of a time.  To see spontaneous open floor dancing at a Chicago rock show was such a breath of fresh air too.  Most times, people sit there with their arms crossed examining you as you play (Im so guilty of this too), so to see people cut loose a bit really made the experience a whole lot more enjoyable.

 

6.     Where are some of your favorite places to see music in Chicago?

Cole’s because it’s always free and a party, Double Door because it sounds fucking great, and the Empty Bottle because it sounds great, is always a party, and I just dont know what it is but the good vibes make every visit a worthwhile one.

 

7.      “When I’m not working, playing, eating, or sleeping, I’m _____________”

playing guitar, reading, listening to music, on repeat until one of the previous four actions becomes necessary to undertake.

 

Heroin Chic is sharing the stage this Saturday with the The Holy Motors and Bad Bad Meow.

Green Room Pub

Doors are at 9, Show at 9:30

21+  $5

Tickets are available HERE.

Q&A with THE VELCRO LEWIS GROUP

House Call Entertainment is happy to welcome the Velcro Lewis Group to the stage tonight. With a rock and roll sound buried in funk and groove, their music easily translates to a great live show. Their latest album, Open The Sky, was released on Beyond Beyond is Beyond, and you can hear it here. You can catch them tonight at the Green Room, and read up on their thoughts below with our House Call Q&A.

 

1.     Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

Isaac Hayes, Run-DMC, Melvins, gospel, Kraftwerk, Queen.

 

2.     What album/artist is on repeat right now?

Asphyxiation - What Is This Thing Called Disco? – Mutant new wave. I got it off of Mutant Sounds blog. I know nothing other than that.

 

3.     What is some music worth sharing? Discover something new? Local favorites?

Kiki Pau are label mates of ours. They’re from Helsinki. They Created a masterpiece with their new record, “Pines.” Every second is brilliant. The Jean-Michel Lorgere “Homere Instrumental Serie No. 2″ record is a great plate to put on when you need a get up and get out soundtrack. The “Chuck Jackson Great Recordings” collection contains some amazing R&B songs that I feel no one pays any attention to. Split Feet is the best punk band in Chicago! Lovely Little Girls are the most interesting prog band in this town, if not the world!

 

4.     What are your thoughts on Chicago/your town’s music scene?

Chicago has a limitless amount of great bands. VLG likes to play with weirdos and freaks, the kind of bands that draw even more freaks and weirdos to our shows. There is no shortage of those types of folks.

 

5.     What’s the favorite show you’ve played, and why?

Oh man, who knows… any show where people on the floor grind or make out. When Missed Connections are posted the next day. Those shows are my favorite.

 

6.     Where are some of your favorite places to see music in Chicago?

I like seeing bands at the Empty Bottle. The drinks are cheap, the music is usually good. There’s always someone I know hanging out. I can stumble home. The Hideout, Cafe Mustache, and Cole’s are favorites,too. When a venue has staff that is filled with sweethearts and smarties they’ll see a lot of me. Other than that, I like to go to house shows. I won’t mention any by name. I don’t want these spaces shut down. I’d be ostracized by the minors I buy 40 ouncers for.

 

7.      “When I’m not working, playing, eating, or sleeping, I’m _____________”

recording bands at Frogg Mountain Studios!

 

The Velcro Lewis Group is sharing the stage tonight, 2/20, with the Post Honeymoon and Hobbyist.

Green Room Pub

Doors are at 8:30, Show at 9

21+  $5

Tickets are available HERE.

Q&A with BAD BAD MEOW

You can hear the North Carolina roots of Chicago’s Bad Bad Meow, as they architect a little americana into their punk and a little country into their garage rock, creating a hybrid that simply feels good. They’re bringing their show to the Green Room Pub this Saturday, and Alen Khan (vocals, guitar) took a few minutes for a quick Q&A with House Call before the show.

 

1.     Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

I love a lot of 50s and 60s bands. I also love to listen to a lot of local Chicago bands.

 

2.     What album/artist is on repeat right now?

I have been listening to the Sights album, Got What We Want.

 

3.     What is some music worth sharing? Discover something new? Local favorites?

Heres a list I made late last year:

Peekaboos
Natalie Grace Alford
White Mystery
Swimsuit Addition
She Speaks In Tongues
Bear Weather
Dastardly
TooFunChild
The Go Down
The Cell Phones
Mucca Pazza
Snow Ghost
Shiloh
The Moses Gun
Lil Tits
Blizzard Babies
The Buckshot Hounds
Jennifer Hall
Pinto and the Bean
Amaryah
Moon Furies
The Earth Program
The Blind Staggers
The Absolutely Nots
Magic Milk
House of Normandie
Mayor Daley
Cold Country 
Bears of Blue River
Grandpa vs Grandma
The Bribes
The Sweeps
Bring your Ray Gun
The Embraceables
The Legendary Burbonaires of Logan Square
The Sweats
Crown Hutch
The Shams Band
Al Scorch
Sex Therapy
Big Band Boom!
Color Radio
Wonderland Honey
My Gold Mask
Belfry Hollers
Dead Beat
Can Ky Ree
Teenage Rage

 

4.     What are your thoughts on Chicago/your town’s music scene?

I love it! All us local bands really have is each other. You either fall under the “I am too cool for school and every band for themselves” or “I genuinely play music because I love music, and love to support other peoples music.” Fortunately there are a lot of talented bands that support each other.

 

5.     What’s the favorite show you’ve played, and why?

My birthday show last year at Coles. It was great to play with our friends peekaboos and Teenage Rage.

 

6.     Where are some of your favorite places to see music in Chicago?

The place doesn’t matter to me. Great Venues/diy spots in my opinion book bands that don’t suck, have a good beer special, and don’t charge an outrageous cover.

 

7.      “When I’m not working, playing, eating, or sleeping, I’m _____________”

Raising my 2 year old daughter.

 

Bad Bad Meow is sharing the stage this Saturday with the The Holy Motors and Heroin Chic.

Green Room Pub

Doors are at 9, Show at 9:30

21+  $5

Tickets are available HERE.