Elijah Montez began his psychedelic pop project Daydream Review after moving across the country from Austin to Chicago. While he cut his teeth in the live music capital of the world, he began writing his first songs as Daydream Review in anticipation of this big change. In this way, Daydream Review’s songs are equally about the excitement that expectations of the future can bring as much as the anxiety or dread. Just as Montez’s lyrics walk the line between excitement and anxiety, his multi-layered songs offer moments of clarity in between his reverberated vocals, fuzzy guitars, and a wash of keyboards. Montez also finds inspiration between the classic 60’s artists as much as our psychedelic rock contemporaries. In fact, over the past few years, Daydream Review has opened for modern psychedelic pioneers such as Sugar Candy Mountain, Triptides, and The Mattson 2.
Dendrons hit the road before they even knew exactly where they were headed. On New Year’s Day 2018, they first convened in Chicago to start a new project, recording a demo at home by the seat of their pants, and almost immediately after, began to play shows.. With a band name chosen by flipping through books in the library (“Dendron” is Greek for “tree”) and a sound and lineup in healthy evolution as they bounced around North America, Dendrons were finding who they were in front of a live audience. Over the course of 2018 and 2019, they were developing their own blend of post-punk and blender pop. A propulsive, acerbic rock style–and reaching beyond to develop an unmistakable aura all their own. They put out their debut, 2020’s Dendrons, and were packing their bags for a full European tour before it had to be abruptly canceled when borders closed and venues shut down around the world. Suddenly, a band that cut their teeth on the road had to get comfortable staying at home. They would, instead, form a bubble to get together and work out what would prove to be their highly ambitious and meticulously crafted second album, 5-3-8.
Charlie B. Atchley has spent their time cutting their teeth in the Chicago music scene playing in a wide range of bands that stretches from riff oriented fuzz rock to bright and chiming pop joyfulness. After years of sound experimentation that has led them to end most of their live performances with a cataclysm of violent improvisational noise Charlie now leans into a more raw and emotional approach to music, choosing to lean into more western influenced sounds and catchy guitar melodies. They are currently recording their debut album, which will be released later this year.
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