Quarter Mile Thunder, Angela James, Half Gringa

Quarter Mile Thunder

Angela James

Half Gringa

Thu, March 8, 2018

9:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL

$8.00

Quarter Mile Thunder
Quarter Mile Thunder
Storied Midwestern songsmith Ben Clarke’s latest LP as Quarter Mile Thunder, Bucking The Tiger, delves deeper into the softly electrified pastoral Americana he’s been pursuing for over half a decade, inspired by everything from delta blues and Talk Talk to Townes Van Zandt and Spiritualized. Across seven songs the album unfurls a pensive, layered, and personal vision of country-leaning roots music, a culmination of Clarke’s journey as a songwriter.

Recorded and assembled at an array of acclaimed studios – including his late mentor Jay Bennett’s Pieholden Suite Sound in Chicago, Elliot Smith’s New Monkey in Los Angeles, and Key Club in Benton Harbour, Michigan – Tiger also benefited from additional production contributions by Father John Misty collaborator (and Clarke’s ex-bandmate) David Vandervelde. A respected solo artist in his own right for the Secretly Canadian label, Vandervelde’s assistance with arrangements helped distill the melodies into organic, emotive narratives, ideally suited for Clarke’s uniquely spacious vocal phrasings.

Clarke cites a severe work injury to his hand as having a formative effect on his current songwriting. Across the eight-month recovery process, which required two surgeries, he was confined to an arm brace that decisively hindered his guitar playing. But the limitations ultimately proved a revelation: “The slower pace allowed me to focus more keenly on my vocals, and I began adding longer spaces in my compositions – letting my words hang in the air. This gave me a greater sense of time and feel for my music.” The ordeal revitalized his creative spirit, sowing the seeds for the unhurried elegance and easy grace of Bucking The Tiger.

Big Star Recording Co. is a new venture via renowned Chicago chef Paul Kahan’s beloved Wicker Park taqueria, Big Star, which plays and champions vinyl from an extensive in-house collection. Their stated mission is to “publish current artists and re-release forgotten acts whose work inspires and moves us.” Bucking The Tiger is their inaugural release.
Angela James
Angela James
Angela James’ music brings to mind the rich, deep voices of artists like Patsy Cline and Rosanne Cash with the narrative sensibility of more modern female troubadours like Neko Case and Cat Power.

With her first full length record, Way Down Deep (released 11/14), James took her nascent career to the next level of craftsmanship by employing some of Chicago’s finest jazz improv players and incorporating them into a bold sonic tapestry that highlighted both her refined ear and wide-ranging influences. Her second full length, Time Will Tell (3/2016), found her exploring similar themes of love and loss but with more darkness, confidence and curiosity. Called “smoldering and gorgeous” by the Chicago Reader, Time Will Tell effortlessly bends and blends musical genres, taking James far beyond her “country” roots. Born and raised in Eastern TN, with sojourns in Mississippi and Brazil, Angela James calls Chicago home.

Accompanied live by her collaborator and husband Jordan Martins, and for this show bassist Matt Ulery, James delivers a sound that is both adventurous and reverential while creating a warm palette for her thoughtful lyricism.
Half Gringa
Half Gringa
Half Gringa is the songwriting project of Izzy Olive.
An emotional scab-picker, her work explores the confluence of Latinx and Midwestern identity. Her first LP, Gruñona, reveals a palimpsest of wounds upon scars. Contemplative and choleric, all manner of memorials to the past are revealed—mountains, dive bars, orchards, trains, expressways, tiny kitchens, Chicago, Caracas, and outer space. With a full band, Half Gringa's debut coaxes confession after confession out of Olive's insistent guitar and undaunted vocals; Andres Fonseca's tender bass lines; Sam Cantor's impish, mesmerizing guitar; and crowned by Ivan Pyzow's trumpet swagger. Simultaneously boastful, scathing, forgiving, and hopeful, Gruñona confronts the human ache of wanting and curse of taking. It recognizes that an identity is a journey that names you.

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Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642
http://www.hideoutchicago.com