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
Tickets are available HERE.