Kickstand Productions Presents


More Gorgeous, Earth Program

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm


Chicago, IL


Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

"I'm passionate about acting, but this is what I was doing in the dressing room even then," says Tamberelli of his love for playing music. "It's cool to do both, but music has always been my primary outlet."

Jounce is not your normal touring ensemble. Made up of childhood friends who have known each other since kindergarten, the musical connection between them reflects these deep roots.

Consisting of Dan Tamberelli on bass, Matt DeSteno on guitar, and Joe Ciarallo on drums, with all members contributing vocals, the band is a mainstay at bars, clubs, music halls, colleges and festivals up and down the eastern United States, consistently consistently building buzz and refining their presence in both the live and studio settings.

When the members of Jounce graduated from college in spring of 2004, the band relocated to a somewhat secluded property bordered by the Holyoke State Forest in Amherst, MA. They traveled extensively, playing hundreds of shows and sharing bills with influences including the Benevento Russo Duo, The Flaming Lips, Medeski, Martin and Wood and The Slip.

After several years, the band returned home and moved back to the New York area, where they eventually landed in Manhattan's Lower East Side. Jounce's self-titled debut album was released on June 29th, 2006 to rave reviews. The opening song "You Tell Me" garnered 3rd place in Relix magazine's Winter 2006 JamOff Competition out of over 500 submissions and the band began playing increasingly larger rooms including New York's Highline Ballroom and Gramercy Theater.

The band's sophomore effort, "These Things," was released March 31st, 2009 on GreenFence Records. The album was produced by Jounce and Rob Stevens (Magnetic Fields), and mixed and mastered by renowned producer Rob Fraboni (The Band, Rolling Stones, Bob Marley). The album contains nine tracks of previously un-released Jounce originals as well as a rendition of Guide By Voices' "The Hardway." Songs like "Too Far Gone" and "Who Hates "The Office" show the band's ability to deliver tight rock anthems. "Cold Fog" shows they can ease into a tune and still bring you away. "Truth Defines" and "The World at Large" mix catchy choruses with instrumental prowess.

Jounce welcomed guest musicians Marco Benevento (The Duo), who played keyboards on "Yenny" and "These Things" and Tom Hamilton (Brothers Past, American Babies) who added guitar and vocals on "The World At Large," "Cold Fog" and "These Things." Upon releasing "These Things," Relix magazine named Jounce one of their artists "on the verge."
More Gorgeous
The cover photo on "Escape from Terror Beach" - the debut LP from Chicago quartet More Gorgeous - is a shot of the band standing along Lake Michigan in the dead of winter. It's a drastically different scene in the summer, of course but the icy shore pictured here is a fitting representation of what you're likely to experience while listening to the 10 tracks contained on the record. The music is a dichotomy, in a way; frequently at odds with itself. More Gorgeous maintain a tone that is dark and moody with an underlying playfulness. They're aggressive and visceral but still appreciate rhythm and melody. They pay homage to the dive bars they've cut their teeth in without compromising their arena-sized ambition. It isn't uncommon for a song to begin with a beautifully lush soundscape, only to explode into complete chaos and stop on a dime. This is a loose-knit concept album about an unspecified, bayside universe that exists somewhere between fantasy and reality, night and day, Heaven and Hell. The thoughts, themes and images conjured up by these songs are unique to each listener but one thing remains constant and rather obvious - "Escape from Terror Beach" is a confident, meticulously crafted debut from a promising, young band.
Earth Program
Venue Information:
2011 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60647