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The CVU 2012 Forecast: Ornery Little Darlings!

Posted in CVU 2012 Forecast,Ornery Little Darlings by Jaime Black on January 1st, 2012

For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, every day in January will preview 2012 plans for a Chicago talent or tastemaker. Today: Ornery Little Darlings!

Ornery Little Darlings

(Photo via I Shoot Rockstars)


Though 2011 saw the release of the band’s O is for Ornery full length, Pilsen garage rockers Ornery Little Darlings have plenty planned and already underway for 2012, as the band’s Jason Ewers tells CVU. Alongside Brooklyn act Flying Cars, the band has taken up residence in a recently rehabbed former auto shop, which serves as the groups’ new base of operations. It’s out of that space that the two bands have started work on constructing a 1,500 square feet studio, wherein OLD will be recording two to three new tracks.

“For these tracks we are not limiting ourselves to just the 3 instruments at a time,” Ewers reveals. “We might not be able to play them live, but we want to really push the new studio. In the opposite direction we will also be doing two other tracks that are choral arrangments (OLD’s) Emmi (Chen) and I are working on with (OLD’s) Paul (Puschautz) building the percussion without a drum set. These should be pretty wild.”

Speaking more about the the set up, Ewers states, “Last week we finished the 16ft drum riser and have pretty much found the deepest bass sound possible without using any digital programmy shit.”

Outside of the band’s studio time, Ornery Little Darlings is looking at over 20 live dates during March, which include “official and non official SXSW shows.”

“After continuing to say “Fuck You” to LA for thetlast couple of years,” Ewers teases, “we are officially caving in and have every intention of giving the children of Beverly Hills some coldblooded Chicago rock n roll.” The band’s run of dates will kick off in the south before making its across the west coast and the northwest. The group is also aims to make its way to Europe by this September.

Additionally, the band will premiere two new videos, for O is for Ornery cuts “Prowler” and “Blueberry Hill,” on a new website on February 1st, with the site and the videos all being created by painter Joe Reich. Speaking of the former clip, Ewers reveals “Prowler is a car chase video we shot over 13 days with my 1974 VW Beetle and Pauls 1967 Cutlass.” Following the February site launch and video releases, OLD will be releasing its bundle of new songs this March to coincide with the group’s spring run of dates. And as if that wasn’t enough, Ewers is collaborating with Continental Breakfast‘s Camilo Medina on a pair of love songs, and is even eyeing a potential “Pilsen supergroup” comprised of members of OLD, Stephen Paul Smoker, and Flying Cars.

Check out Ornery Little Darlings’ Chen on a CVU podcast from 2011, followed by “Prowler” and “Blueberry Hill,” and a video of the band playing live at the Empty Bottle this past November.

Ornery Little Darlings Release New Track Produced While Touring

Posted in Ornery Little Darlings by Jaime Black on September 20th, 2011

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(Photo via I Shoot Rockstars)

Chicago garage punk outfit Ornery Little Darlings have released a new track entitled “Greyhound.” The lo-fi and sparse song was produced on the bus of the same name during the band’s touring travels, and can be streamed or downloaded free below.

In other OLD news, local sound mixing outfit Narwhal Audio has posted a comprehensive account detailing the creation of the unit’s recently released debut full length, O Is For Ornery. Read that account here, and check out the band’s Emmi Chen discussing her group’s new record on a recent CVU podcast below.

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Across The Chicagoverse 02/20/11: City States, Carbon Tigers, Kanye West, & More!

Because no one outlet can cover the entire Chicago music landscape, here’s what the premier talent tastemakers across the Chicagoverse and beyond have been up to lately.


-Tonight at 9PM on Q101‘s Local 101Chris Payne interviews members of The Streets On Fire (above), Comasoft, and The Felix Culpa!

Tonight on @Local101: @PayneQ101 interviews The Streets On Fire (@zstreetsonfire), @Comasoft, & @theFelixCulpa! 9PM on Q101
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-Heave Media recently featured a Flosstradmus remix of the song “Equestrian” by U.S. Royalty. Listen to the DJ duo’s upbeat treatment here.

-Following his interview last week with Do312, Kill Hannah frontman Mat Devine has opened up to AOL Video (via Popeater) about his role in the Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark musical.

-Loud Loop Press has posted a sparse and minimalist electronic cover of The Police‘s “King Of Pain” as performed by local indie act City States. Hear that here.

-Tireless live music documentarians Secret Note Shows recently uploaded a set of live clips from CVU regulars An Aesthetic Anaesthetic. Watch those here.

-Columbia College‘s AEMMP Records continues its video interview series, this time talking with Carbon Tigers. Watch that at the label’s site.

-Check out live audio and video from Secret Colours up now at Couch House Sounds.

-The vinyl release of A Lull‘s forthcoming debut full length Confetti, set to drop April 12th, is now available for pre-order through the Lujo Records Merch Online store.

-Vocalo program Music Vox, hosted by Jesse Menendez, saw a wealth of local talent as guests this past week, as evidenced in the tweet below.

-Chicago Mixtape has announced a launch party happening March 5th at Subterranean. The event will feature performances from acts like Jonny Rumble, Ornery Little Darlings, and more.

-And finally, Fake Shore Drive was easily one of the first sites on the web to post Kanye West‘s new video for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy standout track “All Of The Lights.” For anyone who has yet to catch it, watch the clip below.