It was yet another stellar bill at Ace Bar, this time chock full of Chicago bands with a Colorado cherry on top in the form of Juno What?! I didn’t make it over there until the first couple of bands were already finished (7:00 is way too early to start a show) but I definitely made it before Digeometric started. These guys have steadily impressed me with their breakneck brand of livetronica and always left me wanting more. They are just a great dance party. This night was a continuation of the trend, with Digeo laying down the space grooves for a solid hour. The guitar of Dave Campbell stood out to me and had a little Hunter Brown (of STS9) flavor to his licks. But the major driving force of this band was the two headed saxophone monster of Alex Francois and Marty Gierczyk. The music got exceptionally quick & outer spacey when Gierczyk picked up the EWI and shifted the dance party up a gear or two. This Chicago band has really jelled well for being together just a little over a year. And I definitely want to see more of them soon.
Speaking of bands who have jelled, IndigoSun was up next. I have seen this band a bunch over the last year and these guys have matured beyond what I could have expected. The fact that Lucas Ellman has been consistently back in the mix for a couple of months has strengthened & tightened their sound in an incredible way. What used to seem like a sparse, loungey sound has blossomed into a more forceful, dance-driving brand of well-rounded jamtronica. They also have a very strong draw in Chicago which only adds to the energy & excitement of their shows. This night’s crowd was a strong as ever and they obliged by throwing down a smooth set of classic songs with some new material (and jams) sprinkled in. They finished on a potent note with a completely fresh song that felt like Ellman was integral in creating. This was as solid a set as I’ve ever seen from Indigo, leaving me feeling refreshed and ready to continue seeing these guys mature into their sound.
And to finish up the night was Juno What?!, a band I had never seen before but heard plenty of great things about. Heading into this show I was under the impression that this was a side project of sorts, but I left the night feeling like this could easily be these guys’ main project. Despite a couple of technical sound issues, this show sounded fantastic. With Dave Watts on drums and Steve Watkins & Joey Porter both on synthesizer/Talk Box, this arrangement is completely unique– at least in my experience. Their use of the Talk Box was pervasive but not overdone or overwhelming. It was surprising to hear the Talk Box used in such a primary role but they pulled it off amazingly. This was a space disco-funk show from start to finish. Not dancing wasn’t really an option for anyone in attendance (which was still a ton of people for how late it was and how early the music started), and especially me. By this point in the night I was feeling right and this music had me dancing like a total fool. It was awesome. This was a night absolutely crammed full of dance frenzied jamtronica. I wish every weekend had a night like this!