Friday, November 18, 2011

Show preview: Soft Speaker, Secret Colours, more at Beat Kitchen, 11/19

By Sasha Geffen

Most bands are lucky to keep up a rate of one album release a year, if that. But the psych-rock ensemble Soft Speaker have plowed through typical conventions of productivity by releasing their second full-length of 2011. Vortrobos dropped earlier this month as the follow-up to April's debut I'll Tend Your Garden, and the new record stands as a notable refinement of what was already quite a promising sound: vintage psychedelia reinforced with hefty prog muscle. 

These prolific genre-swirlers will be celebrating the release of Vortrobos tomorrow night, November 19th, at Beat Kitchen. Joining them will be fellow psychedelic revivalists Secret Colours, who are a must-follow for any Chicago listeners nostalgic for the days of The Jesus and Mary Chain. Garage-gaze outfit Hotel St. George will also be swinging in from the west coast, while local emo-pop trio Headshadow will kick everything off. 

It's sure to be a fuzz-laden evening out of these four, topped off by performances of brand new Soft Speaker tunes that sound about ready to explode in the moment. Check out 'Jeju Island' below for a snippet of what's in store. 

Doors at 8, show at 8:30, 17 and over, tickets $8

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