Turtlenecked

Kickstand Productions Presents

Turtlenecked

Cool American, Coaster

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Downstairs

Chicago, IL

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 17 and over

Turtlenecked
Turtlenecked
With "Vulture", Turtlenecked's Harrison Smith has created a beautiful art punk album that envelops listeners in a world of manic romanticism. The first track, “Boys Club,” the apogee of Vulture, begins with delicate harp and harmonizing, building to staccato yelps that are ultimately interceded by the strained, but still melodic screams of Smith, decreeing his effeminacy and disgust with other bands’ toxic masculinity. A pseudo-self awareness that, coming from a 20 year old, should be insufferable. But, regardless of if it’s Smith’s prolific nature, his undeniable musical ability or the standalone catchiness of the songs themselves, there’s something about Turtlenecked that makes any lyric or musical composition nearing self-indulgence or bourgeoisie instead steer
into charming and charismatic territory.

Even the hardest elements of the album (histrionic vocals, harsh guitars, images of death and despondence, cacophonous drums) are cut with sweetness and pop melodies, giving the
impression that Smith is using hysteria to feign a much deeper melancholy and a multi-faceted emotional competency he may not even be aware of owning.
“I like music that’s accessible and
fun....” Smith says, in the same breath condemning “happy albums.” This dichotomy is ever present on Vulture, both sonically and thematically. Smith moves from Big Black-esque severity, singing of wanting to “black out and sleep in my vomit” while using another song, one twee and simple, to wonder “am I the only one who wants a movie romance?” The movement between
Smith’s perpetual disgust and tender optimism is seamless, as is
the change in sound track by track. Smith’s influences are genre spanning, but the album sounds holistic and jointed—even on
more experimental tracks like the 6 minute long dance song
sung from the perspective of a serial killer.

As Smith grows, so does Turtlenecked. Despite being recorded entirely in Smith’s living room, Vulture sounds big, theatrical and developed. Keeping the post-punk sensibility and texture heard on past releases, Smith has removed any blemish from his sound without losing his edge or delight in the abject. On “Boys Club” Smith sings of his “delusions of grandeur,” but the only thing diluted about Vulture and Turtlenecked is that statement itself. The album is an ambitious, compassionate work of baroque and roll that further asserts Turtlenecked as an ever growing entity, one very much deserving of attention.
Cool American
Cool American
Coaster
Coaster
Without the untimely demise of a dachshund companion, Coaster would never have come to be. The band formed in the summer of 2012 when Matt Kissinger and Michael Byrnes wrote a song about the aformentioned wiener dog for a class project. The project quickly added four more songs to the repertoire, along with the guitar playing of Seth Engel and drumming of Tom Graham. Playing under the name Monstertruck, the guys played a few shows around Chicago, but the summer was short-lived and the band took a six month hiatus as Michael travelled through western Europe. Now with the band back together in Chicago, they are ready to pursue the music they love to make. Coaster is currently writing and rehearsing with the intent of recording and performing around Chicago and the surrounding United States.
Venue Information:
Downstairs
2011 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60647