Articles By: Adam Bonich
A Chicago transplant originally hailing from Detroit, MI, Adam Bonich is a writer/video editor who moonlights as a drummer for two up & coming local bands. In addition, he serves as founder/writer for the arts & sciences blog whatwouldjefflynnedo.com.
Mazes are a band specially built for pop music. Featuring ex-members of local mainstay’s the 1900′s and Office, their alchemically-rich musical brew hath emerged as some sort of folk-hipster-Voltron. You know? Like when five separate but cool musicians join together and form an even cooler & taller thing, except instead of wielding a space sword, it just walks around, whistling in dusted jeans. The band first trickled onto the scene in 2009 with the release of Mazes, their sweetly lo-fi [...]Read more →
The gap between today’s indie-eclecticism and the rise of the post-hardcore movement seems like a lifetime ago. Why, I can barely even remember a time when one could observe angsty-bro’s yelling, “they’re so post!” at a Saosin concert. No, for better or worse rock has moved on to other postures and young bands best be adapting, or die trying. Broadway is an example of a band that hasn’t exactly learned to “adapt”, or simply can’t. They’re young and competent at [...]Read more →
Crafting impeccable bedroom-pop is a delicate art; the ingredients, refined and specific. Take one part young-male-whimsy, two drops of lonely introspection. One (large) dollop of synth-y stuff, a touch of clean-guitar-jangle, and a whole slab of drum machine. Perhaps the singer’s lyrics are a bit lost & lovelorn? Maybe he even sounds a little bit like Ian curtis? Maybe this all sounds painfully familiar to you. Justin Paul Vallesteros don’t care… On Craft Spells’ Gallery, he’s sad & playful, he’s hip, and [...]Read more →
On their new album True, Brooklyn’s Violens want to be many things. Covering ground from psychedelic 60′s to 80′s new wave – from contemporary (uhh, 60′s influenced) dance-y, dream-pop to the avant-garde. On one hand you’d imagine such eclecticism to be a daunting exercise for an album’s worth of duration. Yet, it’s a nod to the band’s musical versatility and competent songwriting abilities that they’re almost able to pull it off. True washes over in warm echoes of sound, the [...]Read more →