The legendary Empty Bottle put on a killer school night show in Chicago, Illinois with three great dark post-punk, new wave dance rock, and dream pop bands! Kill Scenes opened the night with dreamy, cinematic dream pop soundscapes. Palm Ghosts delivered a steady stream of moving melodic dance rock. Bellhead closed out the night with angst-ridden, post-punk jams. All three bands gave it their all ensuring the audience got their proper dose of mid-week darkness! Learn more about the Empty Bottle through this awesome book called The Empty Bottle Chicago: 21+ Years Music / Friendly / Dancing edited by John E. Dugan with a forward by John Darnielle.
Chicago’s own Bellhead delivered dark post-punk with female and male vocals, two basses, a drum machine, and no BS. Their combined voices were both haunting and angst-ridden. Their songs ranged from loud, punky bangers to softer melancholy tunes. They recently released a new EP titled Good Intentions. Their performance of their original tune “Valentine” and their cover of Love and Rockets’ “No Big Deal” from that record were killer! Bellhead proved that great songwriting and delivery are what’s important and they demonstrated that less can be more. Check out their tour dates here.
Palm Ghosts is a new wave-inspired post-punk rock band from Nashville. They brought their unique blend of post-punk to Chicago and made a room full of new fans! They recently released their Deconstructed album, which features remixed songs from their discography. They roared through a powerful set of songs that artfully bridged the opening and headlining bands. Check out their tour dates here.
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