Had a pal call me up last week while I was working on a *yawn* chocolate industry financial analysis for school. "Matty, get over to the Elbo Room, now!"
Back when I used to do the "Listening To" posts, some of you noticed my taste for guitar driven rock.
So, it's been a few years since I was last in the Elbo Room. Hadn't changed much (maybe more graffiti). The previous band was talented but not my kind of music - they were like a combo of Bjork and Jewel...pretty tame. So, I get a Johnny Walker Black and grab a seat at the bar. I watch my friends on the other side of the room. Say When comes on stage. The crowd gives a smattering of applause. Typical Chicago welcome...like saying "you guys are welcome here, now shut the hell up and play."
Like most of the crowd, I hadn't heard of Say When. Maxwell Latif, the lead singer, takes the mike, says thank you to Chicago (more smattering of applause)...and then they simply kicked ass.
A good band is really led by the drummer, and "Say When" has a great drummer in Mark McCarthy. The Bass player is freaking dangerous. I mean that. Mike Marvuglio is seriously unhinged...in a good way. The guitars absolutely drive the sound. Energetic, talented, you should go see these guys on their way up.
After their set ended (way too soon), I caught up with lead guitarist and homeboy, John Zaremba, to ask him if I could post about them. After a shot or two, I found out that the tour (like everything that they do) is self-funded. Might get them to do a special kick for a project that Jimbo and I are working on...
Here's two videos of some of their stuff (they don't do justice to their sound).
Check their MySpace page for tour dates, mp3s and videos. If you like Rock, you won't be disappointed. Tour dates also after the Jump (Jimbo will be in Vegas for BlogWorldExpo when they are next in Madison - check them out and give us an update).
Oct 5 2007 7:30P Humpin Hannahs Boise, Idaho
Oct 6 2007 8:00P 5 Monkeys Salt Lake City, Utah
Oct 10 2007 8:00P Trophys (21+) Austin, Texas
Oct 11 2007 7:00P Fitzgerald’s w/ Cowboy Mouth (All Ages) Houston, Texas
Oct 13 2007 8:00P Bora Bora Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oct 16 2007 8:00P The Hurricane (Special guest appearance for 96.5 Homegrown The Buzz Show)) Kansas City, Missouri
Oct 18 2007 8:00P 3Kings Denver, Colorado
Oct 19 2007 8:00P The Huka Bar Salt Lake City, Utah
Oct 20 2007 8:00P The Green Room Reno, Nevada
Oct 21 2007 8:00P Rockit Room San Francisco
Oct 24 2007 10:00P The Mint (21+) Los Angeles, California
Oct 25 2007 8:00P Dream Street Live San Diego, California
Oct 26 2007 8:00P Alice Cooperstown (All Ages) Phoenix, Arizona
Oct 28 2007 9:00P Atomic Cantina (Free Show but you have to be 21+) Albuquerque, New Mexico
Nov 6 2007 8:00P Elbo Room Chicago, Illinois
Nov 7 2007 8:00P The Annex Madison, Wisconsin
Nov 9 2007 8:00P The Green Room Reno, Nevada
Nov 19 2007 7:00P The Modified Phoenix, Arizona
Nov 21 2007 8:00P Sam’s Burger Joint San Antonio, Texas