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Mike Nikolich writesGrumble Channels James Seminara’s Storyteller Side

James Seminara will perform at July 25th's CHIRP Night at the Whistler (photo by Nicole Swanson)

If you are a fan of Chicago’s punk/art rock favorites So Pretty, then you already are familiar with bassist James Seminara. But while the band is on hiatus, he has a new project called Grumble, and it presents a totally different side of this talented musician.

Grumble is a lo-fi solo project that features Seminara on guitar and vocals. The eight songs on the new LP, Tough Times on Oakwood,  are stripped down and earnest, and anything but dull. According to CHIRP Reviewer Sophie Holtzmann, the album is “funky, folk punk that warrants your full attention, because the songs are just so damn pleasant to listen to both in the musical quality and witty lyricism.”

You can hear Grumble live this Wednesday, July 25 at CHIRP Night at the Whistler. Grumble opens for Good At Bad. The 21+ show is free but RSVPs are encouraged.

I had the chance to share a couple of cold ones with Seminara and discuss what he has planned for the Whistler crowd.

Q Tough Times on Oakwood is a big departure from So Pretty’s two albums. What sparked your inspiration for this album?

A So Pretty is temporarily on hold because one of our two singers, Ashley Holman, is pregnant. I wanted to stay active musically and began writing songs on my guitar. The album chronicles my reflections from living on Oakwood Avenue in my hometown of Ingleside, Illinois.

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Sophie Holtzmann writesAlbum Review: “Tough Times on Oakwood Demos” by Grumble

James Chunga, who you may know as the bassist from another Chicago band, So Pretty, has released a solo album under the name Grumble.  Tough Times on Oakwood Demos, released this month, is funky, folk punk that warrants your full attention, because the songs are just so damn pleasant to listen to both in the musical quality and witty lyricism.

Ironically, one reason his sound is so unique is that it revitalizes older components of folk punk. A lot of the themes of introspection, battling demons, and finding meaning in an unraveling life are themes that gave folk punk so much traction as a rallying point for the disenfranchised from The Pogues to Johnny Hobo and the Freight Trains.

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