As many of you know, over 17 years ago a monthly showcase was started, which focused on Electro, Industrial, Gothic, New Wave, Metal and trip-hop bands both local and national and while we are no longer doing monthly events (or are we?) we are still bringing you the best dark electronic live events both large and small in the cities of Chicago and Milwaukee. The night is sponsored/hosted by Dave of WTII Records.
952 W Newport Ave
(Addison Red Line or 22 Clark Bus)
Ticket prices are $10 at the door
21+ doors at 7:00pm
Steven Archer is no stranger to the dark electronic/rock scene with his other long-running projects; Ego Likeness, and Hopeful Machines. One of the hardest working guys in the scene, Steven will be releasing his 5th album with NGP. Most of his material is sans-vocals, building an arsenal of tribal rhythms and electronic undulations that would make the people of Arrakis lose control.
Their new album “The Agony Box” is out now ON Ngp records
Bellhead are a Modern Rock duo made up of two Chicago scene veterans who have left their mark across the tattered live music scene. Consisting of High Bass/ and Lead Vocalist Ivan Russia, formerly of the infamous Ahab Rex, Mr. Russia, and Sheriff Scabs; partnered with Low Bass/Vocalist Karen Righeimer- who has been featured as a current or former member of diverse bands such as Fashion Bomb, Team Cybergeist, Sheriff Scabs, W.O.R.M, Now I’m Nothing, mindfluxfuneral, Bethany Thomas, and am.psych.
Sometime in the spring of 2018 during a hard night of consuming adult libations these long time bass slingers were voicing their displeasure about having to work with so many other musicians with whose personalities often clashed with their own. Having been long time friends who shared the same set of values, the only reasonable thing to do would be to strike out on their own and start up a new collaborative project, and ultimately, Bellhead was born.
Their music together as Bellhead can be characterized by two part harmonies along with hard edged bass lines that are littered with drum machine sounds akin to the pummeling of Godlfesh or the sophistication of NIN’S Chris Vrenna. The duos songs may have a simplicity to them but that only hides the dark lyrical content (love, lust,
murder, crime, drugs) , massive driving beats, and the filthy bass sounds that they can squeeze out of their nebulous and shadowy rigs.
The band’s debut EP was recorded in April of 2019 by Neil Strauch (production/ technical assistance of Iron and Wine, Counting Crows, Owls, Joan of Arc, Walking Bicycles and Slow Mass among many others) and is being mastered by Carl Saff (production/ technical assistance on Acid Mothers Temple, Smoking Popes, Red Fang, Guided by Voices, etc).
Neil and Carl worked together to bring out the crushing sounds of Bellheads numerous influences. One can hear The Kills, Blood Red Shoes, Sleigh Bells, Death From Above, Bauhaus, Royal Blood, DZ Deathrays, The Raveonettes, The White Stripes, She Wants Revenge, Helmet, BRMC, The Warlocks, and even a call back to The Jesus and Mary Chain featuring Hope Sandoval’s “Sometimes Always” ditty all captured in their debut release.
Their live show consists of a complete audio and visual attack on one’s senses by using elements of noir film, strobe lights and walls of fog to truly capture the serial killer feel that one feels while being trapped in a large metropolis like Chicago where crime and corruption are the norm.
Bellhead are currently booking live dates to celebrate their audio release. For booking inquiries, or journalist/press inquiries please contact them below.
This duo has toured the country in various forms over their past musical careers and are seasoned road warriors. The world is about to learn the name Bellhead and we think it won’t ever be the same……