Saturday, October 18th Recap
When Stevie Ray Vaugh sang the lines, “If this house is a-rockin, don’t bother knockin’, come on in” I believe that he was talking about shows like the one that took place at The Oasis on Saturday, October 18th. Every band brought its own unique flavor of rock, and they were all scrumptious. Here is a quick recap in case you were square enough to miss it.
Region Tea- Buzz saw leads played at breakneck speed make this punk trio all but irresistible. Unlike many punk bands, Region Tea does not get trapped in the three power chord pit fall. Rather they pepper in leads and fills that help to develop their sound and set them apart from many of their peers. Furthermore, their live performance is incredibly tight and you are able to hear all of the instruments individually and as part of the whole. Their sound runs in the same vein as Bad Religion and The Descendants in that they play fast but are also tastefully catchy.
Lipstick Dagger- This quartet boasts a grungy, high gain sound that makes me want to put on a pair of Doc Martens. Their sound features influences from mid-nineties punk and grunge in terms of tempo, guitar tone, and vocal styling. Their songs have a certain grit to them that is the soul rock and roll but they do not ignore melody or musical finesse. This band is for fans of (old) Green Day, The Distillers, and Nirvana.
The Smoking Revolvers- Loud and dirty- this band pays tribute to classic rock bands like AC/DC and ZZ Top. This band’s sound is in your face and is accessible to the young rocker and the older “95 Will Rock” listener. Their sound does not utilize many effect pedals or fancy thrills, but the heart and intensity of their music and performance lures listeners into their fuzzy web of rock and doesn’t let go. If you like heavy gain, high octane, Rock and/or Roll you need look no further than The Smoking Revolvers.
The Smoking Revolvers
OUTdrejas- To say that OUTdrejas’ front man is high energy is like saying the Chicago Cubs haven’t won the World Series in a few years. This band is a buffet of all of the things you love about rock. They utilize catchy acoustic guitars for some songs, and unbelievably heavy guitar for others. And get this…they even use a violin. Their sound is well executed pop rock that is accessible to all listeners and would fit in equally well at an all ages festival as an underground rock extravaganza. Do not pass up a chance to see this band!
New Day Arrival- Early 2000’s pop-punk played with a maturity way beyond their years makes this band undeniable. Let’s face it, pop-punk bands are a dime a dozen, but New Day Arrival has virtually mastered the genre, and they’re still in high school. Their sound is aggressive enough to grab the average jaded scene-sters attention, but their overall tone is developed enough to impress the music snobs sitting back by the sound board. Not to mention, their live performance is incredibly tight and truly highlights the individual members’ musicianship. Keep your eyes out for their EP coming out soon on Sinkhole Records.
New Day Arrival
Friday, October 17th Recap
The musical festivities at The Oasis on Friday, October 17th were a fanciful mix of heart-felt acoustic rock juxtaposed with loud, blues fueled psychedelic rock. Here is a recap of the happenings.
IVG (Issac Van Gilbert) – Melodic acoustic rock with a dark feel to it. For me, the stand out feature of IVG’s performance was his vocals. The tone of his voice was both smooth and clear and his vocal range was truly impressive. His silken voice delivers honest and poignant lyrics and is a fit for fans of anything from Damien Rice to Alkaline Trio.
Hayden Skaggs- Soulful, falsetto vocals accompanied by folksy guitar in the same vein as Justin Vernon of Bon Iver with a touch of deep -south delta blues. Hayden Skaggs gave a riveting performance from beginning to end. His stage presence was both unassuming and affable; frankly, after he played I just wanted to give him a big hug. His music is for anyone who is a fan of folk influenced indie rock from Mumford and Sons to the aforementioned Bon Iver.
Redstone- Gritty blues rock with heavy influences from south of the Mason Dixon. Redstone offers infectiously rhythmic grooves and features a provocative vocal duo. Their male vocalist has a more traditional “blues voice” that is raw, powerful and punches your heart. His vocal delivery was balanced by their female vocalist who has a smoother, more soulful voice with an incredibly thick tone that virtually fills the room. This band speaks to fans of Nora Jones, Susan Tedeschi, and Clutch.
The Native Woods- Formally known as Convolution, this newly named band melds a variety of rock sub-genres from funk, blues, and psychedelic into a delightful auditory package. Their songs showcase funky guitar and bass leads boosted by psychedelic-feeling keyboards that come together to produce a refreshing and original sound. As if that isn’t enough to get you to go listen to them, their vocalist has an incredibly unique voice that is a bit reminiscent of Billy Corgan minus the pitchy screechiness. This band is simply for fans of music.
The Native Woods
The show at The Oasis on Friday, October 3rd was heavy as could possibly be. We were lucky enough to host three bands from Wisconsin who were cool enough to drive 5+ hours and play some rock music for us. If case you missed it, well you’re doing it wrong. But luckily here is a quick recap.
Lucid Dreams- Melodic Metalcore that features thick guitar tones and dynamic vocals. Technical riffs break up the breakdowns to produce songs that are both tactful and in-your-face. I am always impressed when I see these guys. Their live performances are always tight and their songwriting hints at talent beyond their years.
In Solace- Dissonant riffage, thumping bass, and a tasteful mix of screaming and clean vocals make this La Crosse, Wisconsin metal outfit a treat for metalheads everywhere. Song feature both breakdowns as well as groove influenced interludes with drumming that does away with blast beats and instead demands you to bang. your. head.
Children of Dismay- Good ‘ole fashioned thrash metal that utilizes melodic riffs and a wide vocal range that goes from face melting shrieks to guttural growls. COD is a band that wears their blackened hearts on their sleeves, and then perform in tank tops.
Children of Dismay
Render the Wastelands- Heavy high energy djent metal from Wausau, Wisconsin that keeps the crowd engaged with their intense stage antics. Their songs feature skull shaking breakdowns, bowel rattling bass, and vocals reminiscent of Norma Jean. Not only does RTW put on an awesome live show, they are incredibly tight and not to be missed.
Render the Wastelands
Teenagers- Fast, heavy hardcore from Wausau, Wisconsin that is firmly in touch with its roots in rock. Fun to listen and bang your head to, even more fun to watch. These guys gave their performance 110% after being stuffed in a van for 5 hours and it was awesome. Their sound and raw; no outlandish pedal boards here, just a lot of gain and even more heart. If you have a chance to see them live, don’t pass it up!
Grayslake Youth Center Celebrates Female Musicians with Featured Weekend
The Girls are taking over the Grayslake Oasis. Girls’ Weekend will take place Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27. This two night event showcases 10 regional and local acts including solo female artists, all-female bands, as well as bands with prominent female members. Both shows begin at 6 pm, are all ages, and have a recommended donation of $5 at the door.
The Grayslake Oasis Youth Center is a staple in the local music community and loves the opportunity to empower female musicians within the community. It is old news that women are under-represented in the world of independent music. Oasis Booking Manager Julie Ihlenfeldt started Girls Night last year to help foster growth and promotion of female musicians. In just one year, the response has been so overwhelming that last year’s one night event turned into a full weekend of eager acts. “As a girl who was in a band in high school, I know first-hand what a boys’ club the music scene can be,” noted Ihlenfeldt. “It is great to have the opportunity to bring in new acts to the Oasis for this event and celebrate the amazing talent of women in music.”
Kat Farnsworth of the indie folk band Pancake Riot will be participating in Girls Weekend for the first time. For her, music is really an expression of self that is both reaffirming and inspiring. The best part of being a musician is “Creating something of my own. My own words, my own poetry. My own thing. And then getting to share it with people…Writing music is wearing your heart on your sleeve.”
Commenting on the importance of this event and why she is participating musician Sarah Jo had this to say, “Events like Girls’ Night spread love and encouragement for individuals who seek to be judged by their art, not their gender.”
So if you have nothing to do on the weekend of September 26-27, or even if you do, you should come to The Oasis and support some truly talented musicians. Not because they are females, but because they rock. Candace Griffin from Pancake Riot said it best, “…people should come to the show because there’s going to be good times and great talent there!”
On Saturday, September 13 The Oasis was host to a handful of acoustic acts ranging from acoustic punk to folk rock. In case you missed it, here is a brief recap of the awesomeness.
Your Analysis- Fun punk inspired acoustic rock. Your Analysis would be perfect for a Punk-O-Rama compilation. But unlike many indie/punk artists this one-man-band does not take himself too seriously. He’s just a dude with a guitar who likes to get his music to the masses. Check out Your Analysis and also be on the lookout for his full band Regular Oatmeal.
Sarah Smith- The Oasis was privileged enough to host Sarah Smith’s first performance. Her airy and melodic voice might remind listeners of Norah Jones. Her songs however have a delectably dark feel. Her heartfelt set was comprised of sad songs about loving, leaving, and the hope that comes with it. Sarah Smith’s entire set had almost a gothic beauty to it that kept me engaged the entire time and, as a listener, I was never so happy to feel so sad.
L Morgan- Skillful finger picking and soulful vocals make this act a must see. Overall, L Morgan’s set had a fullness to it that is hard for a solo artist to pull off due to her dynamic guitar playing and thick, rich toned voice. As a song writer her songs were thoughtfully structured. L Morgan has a very astute knack for building songs in a way that keeps listeners on the edge of their seats. And if dynamic song writing isn’t enough then wait till you hear her voice. It is so decadent that is sounds as if she sings from the bottom of her feet.
Daniel Yates- Infectious and well-rounded folk rock. Whether folk music is your cup of tea or not, you can’t listen to Daniel Yates and not tap your feet. Aside from the sheer catchiness of Daniel Yates’ music he is a blast to watch because he and his bandmates have a certain effortlessness to their performance. Combine that with hauntingly beautiful violin parts and thumping bass lines and you are sure to feel like you’re sitting on a river bank somewhere wearing a straw hat. Fun to watch, and even more fun to listen to!
Haley Klinkhammer- If you have ever wondered what honey sounds like, look no further than Haley Klinkhammer. Her vocals are smooth and sweet and her style is somewhere in the vein of Colbie Caillat. She plays catchy guitar parts with lots of up stroked and muting that adds a great sense of rhythm that is hard to accomplish as a solo artist. Also, many of her songs are inspiring and push the listener to look for the silver linings in life. Make sure to check out her Youtube channel that is full of videos of Haley playing a mix of originals and covers, you ears will be happy.