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Live Review: Patrick Stump W/ Rockie Fresh @ Schubas | Local 101 Audio Archive: Patrick Stump!

Posted in Audio Archive,Fall Out Boy,Live Review,Local 101,Patrick Stump,Rockie Fresh by Jaime Black on April 4th, 2011

Patrick Stump

Sunday night’s Local 101 interview with Patrick Stump is now availability in its entirety, markedly longer than the edit that aired last night on Q101. Click below to stream Chris Payne‘s interview with the artist, in which Stump opens up for a candid chat touching on viewing his solo ventures as a parallel musical project, working with Rockie Fresh in the studio, why the Fall Out Boy break is just that, and much, much more. (For Rockie Fresh’s take on the collaboration, check out a recent interview via the good folks at Ruby Hornet.) And following the streaming interview below, find a live review of the musician’s sold out Schuba’s event last night.

Patrick Stump W/ Rockie Fresh
Schubas, Chicago, IL
Sunday, April 3, 2011

At 2010′s SXSW, the then-newly solo Patrick Stump performed a one-man show at the Dirty Dog Bar, with no new music released and no real explanation of what to expect. The set proved to be an experiment, with Stump moving between different instruments over prerecorded backing tracks to deliver early versions of his solo catalogue. It’s a credit to the artist, then, that one year later, the project that is Patrick Stump as a solo artist has gained much more definition and ability to impact.

Sunday night’s show at Schubas, the first of two sold out concerts with a follow up tonight, proved to be a dramatic upgrade from last year’s 6th St. beginnings. The success of the evening can be attributed to a few factors, not the least of which include the release of Stump’s Truant Wave EP earlier this year, a full and more than fully capable backing band onstage, and Stump’s newfound confidence as not only the voice but the architect of his musical arsenal. Playing to a room of predominantly female fans still brightly burning the Fall Out Boy flame, the artist delivered a set drastically different from anything his previous power pop unit ever approached.

The night moved between the handful of cuts off Truant Wave, as-of-yet unreleased songs likely to end up on the Stump’s forthcoming Soul Punk full length, and crowd pleasing covers including a hard funk version of Gym Class Heroes‘ “Cupid’s Chokehold,” a keyboard-led rendition of “Nothing Compares 2 U,” and a full band performance of “All Of The Lights.” The covers contributed to the evening’s overall celebratory vibe, while Stump’s sold the crowd on unknown selections through entirely embedding himself within the material. One unfamiliar production, titled “Cryptozoology” and sporting chiptune keytar and funky guitar and bass, found Stump declaring “I don’t have to prove myself to you.” An interesting sentiment during a night of rebirth.

Throughout the evening, Stump, sporting a tux and vinyl fingerless gloves, proved electrified onstage, possessed by a hyper-kinetic energy. From his live band, Stump’s secret weapon came in the form of back up vocalist and guitarist Michael Day (hat tip to the Sun-Times for name confirmation), who the frontman revealed holds a master’s in guitar, though the other members of the outfit proved their worth throughout different performances. The lounge jazz pop of the heavily energized “Cute Girls,” for example, incorporated Casey Benjamin’s sax in its breakdown while Skoota Warner’s drumming worked overtime to bring the song home. Stump himself, meanwhile, used his voice as a weapon during “Love, Selfish Love,” switching between high and low octaves for the infectious number.

The most engaging moments of the night, however, came late in the set in the form of Truant cuts “Big Hype” and “Spotlight.” Between the two songs, the former prompted huge singalongs from the crowd to accompany the thunderously echoing delivery and undeniable melody, while the latter elevated the song with the addition of keys and a fast paced marching band beat. With the benefit of recognition, the energy between the stage and the crowd proved undeniably reciprocal.

Similarly energized was Chicago rapper Rockie Fresh. Through coincidence or design, Fresh proved himself a kindred spirit in opening for Stump at these dates. Both artists benefited greatly from a full live band during their sets, and both were out to prove themselves. Fresh, to his credit, converted a room of pop punk princesses, many of whom might have never before experienced a live hip hop set. Donning a pair of black shades through the entirety of his half hour set, the MC brought out material from last year’s The Otherside mixtape, including slower and lower fare like the drum and bass-aided “A.C. Green” and the laid back and guitar-enhanced “They Don’t Understand Why.” It was “Sofa King Cole,” however, that truly saw Fresh ignited, with the rapper breathlessly powering through the song’s closing flow. By the end of the set, the MC had demonstrated who he was to a room that, prior to the concert, didn’t know him. In some ways, Patrick Stump did the same thing.

-Jaime Black