[photo by Semi Song]
CHIRP volunteer Amelia Hruby met up with Nashville band Savoy Motel in July before their show at the Empty Bottle where they were opening for Royal Headache. Their debut LP/CD will be out October 21st on What's Your Rupture? And you can see them in Chicago opening for the Dandy Warhols on 9/24.
Amelia: Have you guys been to Chicago before?
Jeffrey: It’s our third time. We played here [the Empty Bottle] with the Black Lips and we’ve played at the East Room.
Amelia: Did you enjoy those shows?
Jeffrey: Yeah, it was great. The last time we played here with the Black Lips. It was a sold out show, and it was our Chicago debut and our third or fourth out of town show.
Amelia: How long have you guys been playing together as a band?
Dillon: About two years. We started recording two years ago, and we recorded for six months before we played the first show. We had two records done when we did our first show, but we practiced quite a bit. We wanted to make sure that the live set was its own thing.
Clarence Ewing - The Million Year Trip writesFed Up Fest Is Here!
Fed Up Fest 2016 is returning to Chicago this weekend. We asked the collective what it's all about...
What is Fed Up Fest? How did it get started?
Fed Up Fest came out of conversations about the lack of queer and trans folks in a punk scene largely dominated by straight and cis folks. It felt uncomfortable and unsafe at times. Originally taking inspiration from the Black & Brown Punk Collective, organizers decided to create a fest dedicated to showcasing and celebrating radical queer and trans voices in punk and hardcore; confronting and challenging the oppression and abuse in our scenes; and creating stronger and more sustainable bonds between and across radical queer and punk communities.
In order to achieve these goals, the FUF collective organizes a three day, all ages, music, art, and workshop fest dedicated to elevating the music and visibility of queer and trans people engaging with and confronting white supremacist, heteropatriarchy; and, actively challenging microaggressions, cultural appropriation, and rape culture in punk and hardcore scenes. The Fest is also a fundraiser for a local organization that centers its work around the queer and trans community; this year that beneficiary is the Transformative Justice Law Project.