Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Introducing: Ethers

Chicago's Ethers wouldn't sound out of place on a Flying Nun comp from the 80s and yes, that's a good thing. 
Calling Chicago's Ethers a “supergroup” might sound like hype to many outside the Chicago music scene, but for those who have been keeping score in the past few years, a pedigree of bands like Heavy Times, Outer Minds, Radar Eyes and The Runnies is more like a dream team. After the dissolution of his band Heavy Times, guitarist & songwriter Bo Hansen joined forces with husband and wife team Russell Calderwood & Mary McKane along with drummer Matt Rolin to concoct what would become Ethers’ eponymous debut album, out now on Trouble In Mind.

Recorded in the raw by Chicago engineer Dave Vettraino & mastered by Melbourne legend Mikey Young (Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring), Ethers’ debut consists of twelve songs of ragged, soulful rock and roll; heavy on hooks, with stark arrangements and sticky melodies that hang with an unexpected resonance. Watch Ethers perform "Past My Prime" at the Empty Bottle followed by the album version of "Rip Off." No plans yet for a Toronto date but check the poster below for an Ethers show near you.

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