Brahms Takes The Stage At Scubas In Chicago

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This past Thursday, Brahms took the stage at Schubas in Chicago. It was great to see the boys back on the same stage I discovered them on, almost a year ago. I have seen the band open shows several times since then and a couple times during this year’s South by Southwest. It was a great change to see them as a headliner and they did not disappoint.

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The best part about seeing a band a like Brahms, after they have had some time to write new material, is that we are now able to get a fuller sense of where the music is going. I can’t help but make the obvious reference to the band sounding as if it has been influenced by the sounds of the 80s. While this might be a very broad statement, it resonates through all their songs. Originally, their songs leaned toward a more dance electronic feel. But pleasantly with the newer songs, there is now a deep sort of dark element woven through that lends a heaviness to them and grounds them  and prevents them from being shuffled through like many electronic dance bands .  Their sound had a lo-fi quality that was refined enough that it was apparent, intentional and planned perfectly.

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Sadly, the band might not draw the crowd it deserves in Chicago yet, but hopefully other cities have caught on to them and give them the crowd they deserve.  They have a couple more dates announced on their website so if you happen to be lucky enough to be in the one of those cities, you might want to make a night of checking them out.

All photos (c) Daniela Montelongo