For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, every day in January will preview a different local artist’s plans for 2011. Today: I Can Hear Myself Levitate!
Chicago art rock outfit I Can Hear Myself Levitate may have released its debut EP, the tuneful and hardcore-hinting What Is Left, this past May, but the band is still moving off its momentum. With an interview on last night’s Local 101 and a headlining spot this Friday, January 14th at Reggie’s, the five-man outfit is making moves in the present and looking ahead towards the future. “We have been busy polishing our sound and style, fueled by the momentum from our debut EP,” drummer Brad McQuade has informed CVU. “Our sophomore EP, A City Submerged, will showcase more of the rich, rhythmic layers and dark energy of What Is Left but with a more mature conceptual-unity throughout. Scheduled for a late-spring release, A City Submerged tells the story of a city’s demise brought on by a leader’s lack of dignity, morality and selflessness. Filling-out our lineup with two new members has allowed us to further explore the combination of subtle and explosive dynamics, avant-garde structures and wall-of-sound crescendos to create an album that is driven, mature and polished, yet so very raw.”
For more from ICHML, head to the act’s Bandcamp page to check out the prog-leaning What Is Left EP. And stream frontman Chris Pacific’s Local 101 interview from last night below.
Experimental Chicago indie rock act I Can Hear Myself Levitate is set to hit Beat Kitchen this Wednesday, September 29th, for a headlining performance. The outfit is out in support of its What Is Left EP, itself comprised of productions both ambitious and melodic, emphasizing a quiet-loud dynamic across its jagged riff-set foundation. The EP is available for streaming and purchase at the group’s Bandcamp page. Additionally, according to the band’s Tumblr, the unit is hard at work on a new EP, set for release in spring 2011, which will “tell portions of stories that lead up to a demise of a city.” RSVP to the Beat Kitchen show on Facebook, and stream the cautious then caustic “Arrows On The Compass” and bombastic and sudden “The Coldest Abyss In Your Heart” below.
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