Lume isn’t new to the music scene. Dan Butler (guitar, vocals) has played an active role in the Chicago underground with A Living Portrait, while Dylan and Austin Hulett (bass and drums, respectively) have been playing in bands in the Port Huron area for years now. Despite their experience, never have their past efforts seemed as concise as Lume. The Chicago three-piece sets out to send the listener into a swirl of fuzz and reverb with “Now and Then,” their new single from an upcoming cassette release. The guitar intro instantly pulls the listener into Lume’s world of sonic bliss, as Butler’s vocals start to waver in-and-out of the air, creating a layered and textured performance. Butler opens the track: “Long waves, the finest of days, I won’t come around either way. Ears bend with my oldest friend. She’ll get tired of me now and then.” As the drums crack the barrier, a definite Cloakroom vibe is detected. The verse comes at you with an Archers of Loaf delivery and a Title Fight execution. The dreamy soundscape comes flooding back in on the chorus and makes for a very dense, lush sound. “Now and Then” is a perfect representation of Lume’s skill and ability. I’ve had the pleasure of playing with them when they toured through Detroit and their musicianship is astounding. Masterful skill, quality gear, and overall nice attitudes make Lume one of the best bands in the scene right now. If you’re in the Chicago area, Lume will be playing with Cloakroom, Darto, and Carbonleak at the Fireside Bowl this Tuesday.
Check out a new song from our friends in Landscapes & Skylines titled “Billerica” which you’ll be able to find on their upcoming EP Departures. Peep the song after the jump!
(photo: Mitchell Wojcik)
July 28, 2014
by Evan Weiss
START A BAND. THROW A BRICK.
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Located in that section of the country that nobody is sure is Pennsylvania or New Jersey, Glassgrade are a young band looking to make a name for themselves, not trying to reinvent the emo wheel, but instead expanding on it with the stereotypical noodly/twinkly guitar parts but also adding the same type of flare to the bass guitar. Be on the lookout for lots of awesome stuff to come from these young guns and stream their self titled EP on the side of our page.
"Whiskey and crosswords" are the first three words in "Doing Yourself In", the ninth track of Braid’s 2014 release, "No Coast". A bunch of guys in their late thirties might find some solace, dare I say, even enjoyment in a nice glass of Maker’s and the Chicago Tribune. It’s fun to think about though, even though the song details a different experience, if the four members of Braid see themselves in that predicament - that is to say, finding a home in the mundane.
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Grandview are a perfect example of a band that works hard to achieve everything they want. Having only been a band for a few years, the band just completed their first full US tour and booked it mostly themselves (with some help from T3M), a feat that many bands have a difficult time doing. Their blend of emo and indie rock, drawing influences from Brand New, make their music easy to relate to which is their downfall after you closely listen to their lyrics and start sobbing uncontrollably as they hit so close to home that you regret even getting out of bed that day. Their latest masterpiece, Everything Between Paint and a Wall, is streaming on the side of our page and is also available for purchase HERE.