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September 2015
Advance Base
"Nephew In The Wild

To say an album "returns to form" seems to allude to something being off or missing or in a deformed state in previous releases. With the new album from Advance Base (aka Owen Ashworth), Nephew In The Wild, it is more of a beautiful blending of two "forms". This album could have easily been the first Casiotone for the Painfully Alone album since 2009's Vs. Children. This is a clear return to the sound and storytelling of the Casiotone persona. The album's open track and lead single "Trisha Please Come Home" in the perfect example. Ashworth spins tales of the everyday but tinges of sadness. His stories are sweet and sad, and always fully realized. Musically, the album is filled with familiar sounds from an array of instruments; Electric pianos, drum kits, drum machines, autoharps, Omnichords, Optigans, Mellotrons. All of this, blending with Ashworth's skill, create a perfect late summer and early fall soundtrack.

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Fletcher @ Beat Kitchen

Fletcher @ Beat Kitchen

The three-piece indie rock trio Fletcher are not just our current Band of the Month, but they are also the headlining band at Beat Kitchen tomorrow night, Nov. 8th. The band just released their debut self-titled EP and have a richer history than you might expect. The trio consists of brothers Oscar and Harvey Baker and Tom Fry. The brothers are originally from London and you hear the British rock influences in their sound. It is a somewhat unique approach for a Chicago-based band.

You can stream the band's ep on their soundcloud page, and don't forget to check them out at Beat Kitchen on Nov. 8th with Huntsmen, Vaudevileins, and Bryn Rich.


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