We are thrilled to announce a show with our good friends, the unloved sons of Athens, GA, Five-Eight. It’s their first show in Chicago in three years. We will also be playing with the loved brothers of Chicago, Marmora and the psychedelic rock mavens of Grel.
We’ll be unveiling some more new songs for your ears. Come early and stay late.
This is a portion of the song we wrote in loving memory of John Grabski III. It is called “Apparitions”, and was recorded by Beth Wiedner @ the Metropolis Coffee Co. warehouse. Sound by Jeff Fox, event courtesy of Bike and Build. Thank you.
And should the wraith choose I
I will adore you even more
across the great divide
I’m thinking about tomorrow
And what it brings
As it unfurls its wings
The fine folks at Pocket Jury in the UK just reviewed our twinned EPs in anticipation of the vinyl release of Still Awesome. It is lengthy and thorough and you can read it here. An excerpt:
“Unsurprisingly, their debut album is a remarkable experience. It’s an odd blend of pastoral beauty and sublimely orchestrated menace which is memorable after two listens, compelling after three and indispensible after four. Subversion of expectations is the overriding characteristic of Still Awesome, which is really a portmanteau of two previously released EPs (Still and Awesome, obviously). By and large there are only two musicians playing on each song but unlike most duos, the songs feel complete. The robust nature of the compositions means that there is never a point whereby you find yourself waiting for the rest of the band to kick in. Some tracks feature acoustic guitar and, heaven forbid, ukulele but it never sounds remotely twee. Razi’s voice is soothing and pleasant but the disconcerting lyrics and subtly unnerving musical accompaniment precludes it from being particularly relaxing. The songs are predominantly hypnotic tapestries of spindly guitar notes and looping bass motifs which are once gorgeous and distinctly unsettling. Most of the tracks on Still Awesome have a serpentine quality – gently but firmly engulfing the listener in a manner which manages to be both sensual and deadly.”
We’re only a week away from our eighth four-day music, food and art extravaganza, the PRF BBQ. Our Annual/Semi-Annual celebration of the underground music and art D.I.Y. community that is the PRF, has really pulled the stops out this year. As always, it’s a non-profit event.
40 some-odd bands over four days at three venues,
this one has been almost nine-months in the works. Gift bags,
the reunions of TAR and -Dis, a charity raffle benefiting the
Cancer-research foundation of our fallen comrade, John Grabski III
featuring such prizes as a handmade aluminum Electrical Guitar, a
private performance by the Hype! and a catered meal from the fine
folks at Kitchen Sink.
To boot, in addition to the food and libations, several culinary-minded
impresarios are creating special for-the-event foods to be sold to benefit
the Grabski III foundation. Hot Doug, Gerard Jean Boissy, Steve Albini,
Tree Voigt and Jeffrey Fox will all be creating custom grillables.
honestly, we could keep going and it still wouldn’t cover it. Here, I will note that Small Awesome will be playing at Kitchen Sink on Thursday, Faiz will be playing with Walking Shadow on Saturday and with noise&light and Tourism on Sunday. Jim will be playing with Light Coma on Sunday as well.
But don’t come for us. Come for the whole thing.
If you’re interested in attending, information on tickets can be found HERE.
Two day passes and Saturday tickets are completely sold out (they went immediately),
but there have been some extras showing up from people who cannot attend here on our facebook page.
OK! As always, there’s plenty more, but I’m going to call it here.
We are proud to be a part of the most recent Caffeinated Recordings compilation, Caffeinated IV, which features exclusive tracks from a bunch of fantastic bands who have recorded there this past year. Our selection is the brand new song, “Black Sea of Trees”, please to be enjoying:
This is a crude, digital facsimile of the Still e.p.
by Small Awesome.The limited-run, hand-made CDs with machine-cut, hand-silk-screened (thank you, Night Owls Print Shop) aircraft-grade aluminum covers and hand-cut false-metal tray cards are available from the band. write email@example.com for details.
the STILL e.p.
Written and played by SMALL AWESOME
Faiz Razi (throat, guitar)
Jim MacGregor (bass)
Recorded and mixed by Matt Engstrom
with Vanessa Smetkowski (cello)
and Jim Birch (love)
at CaffeinatedRecordings.com, 2009-2011
We are pleased to announce the release show for Small Awesome’s Still e.p.:
Thursday May 3rd Retribution Gospel Choir (feat. Alan Sparhawk of Low) Small Awesome (featuring Small Awesome)
Klas, the largest Czech restaurant in the United States,
is located at 5734 W. Cermak Road, in lovely Cicero, IL.
The Thursday Line-up @ Quenchers and the Saturday Line-up at Klas are as follows:
Tickets for Thursday @ Quenchers will be $5 at the door.
Tickets for Friday and Saturday at Klas are $20 for both days, and can be purchased at the door.
Saturday’s event will be catered by the fine folks at Klas.
Jam packed! In the weeks following, Small Awesome will be returning to Caffeinated Recordings to begin
our work on the second Small Awesome full length, while we sort out the details on the release of the first.