Bil Vermette, Chandeliers, Mr. 666

Chicago Reader & Galactic Zoo present

Bil Vermette

Chandeliers

Mr. 666

Sat, May 19, 2012

9:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL

$7.00

Tickets at the Door

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Bil Vermette
Bil Vermette
"Born on the South Side in 1956 and raised in Bellwood and Forest Park, Bil Vermette never took a lesson and from a young age moved in his own musical universe. In high school he was into the cosmic sounds of early Pink Floyd and electronics-addled Krautrock like Faust & Cluster. After graduating from proviso east he encountered some like-minded avant-garde musicians, and by 1977 their group had evolved from a loose free-jazz unit into a 5-piece called VCSR armed with early synthesizers; they were influenced by Throbbing Gristle, Kraftwerk, & Befriended other local weirdos like ONO. A Cassette they made caught the ear of Wax Trax Records - Ministry's Al Jorgensen Told Reporters he'd be producing their first album, though the band had heard nothing about it - but Vermette lest in '82 & VCSR broke up within a year. Also in '82 Vermette released his first solo cassette, "Environmentals" - since the late 70s he'd been exploring new sounds by hot-wiring keyboards & electronics during studio downtime - and in '83 he followed it with "observances 1 & 2," proving himself a master of the Tangerine Dream-style soundscape. Vermette's lone LP, "Katha Visions" came out in '84 in an edition of 500 on his own Rainforest label; he sold in mainly through Val's Halla in Oak Park, where he works, and it got decent reviews (Illinois Entertainer compared it to Floyd & Vangelis). After another cassette in 1988, Vermette focused on his career in digital cartography and didn't try again to realize the sounds in his head till the mid-90s-between 1994 and '97 he released his space trilogy on CD, "Voyager," "Emocean," and "Geophobia," which unsurprisingly sold well at sci-fi conventions in the late 90s and early aughts Vermette played with a bunch of teeth and in 2005 he finished the solo opus "Beyond Here Be." - Plastic Crimewave, Secret History of Chicago Music
Chandeliers
Chandeliers
The Chandeliers are an avant-garde electronic collective who have been releasing LPs since 2008 on labels such as Obey Your Brain and Captcha. The lineup consists of core members Scott McGaughey, Chris Kalis, and Harry Brenner. The focus is more instrumental and experimental, conjuring up influences like Bernie Krause and Mort Garson, 90s techno and Jon Hassell.
Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642
http://www.hideoutchicago.com