Tenci Album Release Celebration @ 8PM

Tenci Album Release Celebration

Hideout InnChicagoIL
8PM CDT | $10 suggested "tip" (proceeds from this show benefit the Chicago Community Bond Fund)

watch live at hideoutchicago.online

Join us for a one of a kind listening experience to celebrate the release of Tenci's new album My Heart Is An Open Field on Keeled Scales Records. Songwriter Jess Shoman has pulled together live videos, music videos, and some personal footage from the making of the album and the time spent playing the songs with and for friends for an immersive virtual experience of the album. See the full evolution of the band up until this point and bake a cake to celebrate with us.



Tenci began as the bedroom-folk project of Jess Shoman in December 2018. The band name comes from Shoman’s grandmother's name Hortencia, who she feels is her kindred spirit. Her memories of hearing her sing while cooking or cleaning influenced some of the same qualities in her own voice. Shoman’s music is vividly introspective, blooming with her sweet and shaky vibrato.

“Earthquake” is about that ache when you recognize a feeling or a person starting to fade as you desperately grasp to keep it close. It opens with a peel of quavering, high-noon guitar, and shuffles with gentle percussion.

“Serpent” was one of the first songs Shoman wrote. It’s about the dizzying pain of lying to yourself and the journey of shedding old skin to find your truth. The accompanying video, directed by John TerEick, explores what it could be like to move through the belly of a snake, incorporating winding roads and tunnels and clips of Shoman wearing snake-like layers. “The guitar solo bends and whines as the poison continues to seep in. As I move through the tunnel you can see the intoxicating effect it has, but it is one step closer to relief,” says Shoman. “It’s not until you finally speak your truth and become vulnerable that you can have resolution, even if that means the death of something.”

These days Shoman collaborates with a lineup of Chicago musicians she met playing some of her earliest shows— Curt Oren (saxophone, flute, and guitar), Izzy True’s Isabel Reidy (bass) and Joseph Farago of Joey Nebulous (drums).

Venue Information:
Hideout Inn
1354 W. Wabansia Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60642