Combining manic rave energy, hard electric grooves and bombastic showmanship, Chicago's Bullied By Strings have been garnering a reputation for confusing genre-pigeonholers and making people dance. Whether they're conjuring up a sweaty pop cover of The Beatles' "Things We Said Today" or smashing together MIA-swagger with a hard rock punch, BBS tends to leave it all on the stage every night. That might be a bit of a cliche, but cliches are such for a reason, and all you have to do is catch a glimpse of this trio post-show to know they gave you every fucking ounce of themselves. Bullied will be bearing it all and tearing it up at Elbo Room on Thursday, and for a measly $8 you're damn-near guaranteed to get your money's worth. Newer songs, like the horn-tinged acoustic ballad "Monsters of Comfort" are sure to provide a pleasant break from the rage and rapid-fire delivery of "High Time" and "Rude". The latter features some of Gabe Rowland's strongest Hulk-smash drum work, and both give singer Kristen Rowland and chance to exploit the more aggressive end of her hypnotic vocals. Don't miss this show. Oh, and well you're at it, don't not check out the video below for the aforementioned Fab Four cover. Just a taste of what to expect later this week.
Bullied By Strings plays Elbo Room on Thursday, June 14th at 11pm. The show is 21+, $5 before 9pm, $8 after.