Rocking with Derrick da Deacon on WHPK Live!
Rocking with Derrick da Deacon on WHPK Live!
Well it has been a while. I mean, seriously, like months. That doesn’t mean that Sully and I and the rest of the REB team hasn’t been moving forward, it’s just been a time of subtle movements and progress. Building relationships and figuring out new projects.
Current projects include:
New tracks form Theft to the Gallows, being put together to be played live by the end of the summer, as well as official release of the “First Knot” album!
Tarek22 is in full swing, with 9 tracks outlined and written in the last couple weeks.
We’ve also begun work on a musical with a working title of “Button.” Keeping this under wraps currently as we work out the details of production, writing, scripting, and the creative process are on their journey.
The website should be updated soon as well.
So there is a lot going on and we’re all working hard to keep creating and working with creative people.
Some serious thought went into this idea; “what do you call a featured artist in the opening slot without taking away from the ‘feature’ main act?” For the hosts of the MMM (Theft to the Gallows) this is an important concept as this idea is going to be a steady part to the show. For the April 23rd show we’ve booked Stolie! A very talented songwriter and artist that brings something unique and refreshing to the Chicago Music Scene. Check out some of her work here.
Some options were “micro-feature,” “mini-feature,” “featurette,” with and without the hyphen… anyway the point is at this point it is “micro-feature” which lines up with the name of the series and allows “featured” to still have its importance for the headlining act.
Here’s the poster.
The first MMM went well. Theft to the Gallows hosted and got a great response and Terrible Spaceship also rocked as the headliner. Some fun unexpected things were planned, and this is something TTTG is hoping to bring to every show. Here are a couple videos from the show of TTTG.
and here is another of their parody performance of the awesome track “Geek in the Pink” by Jason Mraz. Keeping things duct-tape, spit, and gum, yet well written, thought out and entertaining is a hard line to play, but TTTG is actively working to do this.
New track from Theft to the Gallows completed last night, most aggressive to date! Will be up on the TttG Tracks page in the next week, we snuck it on the blog early.
REB Records has been working hard to put together a residency style performance and the first steps are finally falling into place, (still waiting full confirmation, so maybe I’m jumping the gun a little.) We are excited to be doing a set of two shows at Gorilla Tango at 1919 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL on April 9th and April 23rd!
On a business note the idea is to see how the space works, if marketing brings in new demographic then “current fans” and if we as performers can put on a great show together. The performers currently booked are Theft to the Gallows and Terrible Spaceship. These two groups are polar opposites in stage presence with Terrible Spaceship rocking labcoats, synths, lights, video; techno-soul music, while Theft to the Gallows wraps themselves in t-shirts and ducktape, plays acoustic, and builds some stuff from scraps; you’ll have to see it to see it!. Really just check out the music, these groups are both doing some unique and interesting music and put on super interesting shows.
If these first two shows go well and the kinks get worked out, we will be looking to begin a residency in the summer. Every other week or so. What we are doing is transplanting a band based musical show into a musical theater or comedie theater business model. Meaning there is a set venue (think of Million Dollar Quartet at Apollo or Second City here in Chicago) that generates traction over time as the word gets out.
The current model for bands is to go play a whole bunch of gigs all over the place, mainly at bars where people are sort of paying attention, then after doing a couple dozen shows (translate to hundreds of hours of work) booking as an opener to a larger band, or booking a larger venue. There are several issues with this method. First is that ninety percent (I’m making numbers up – and being conservative) will never play 24+ shows in a meaningful time frame to generate a fan base that will then actually pay for that larger gig. Secondly once you hit a certain age – around 27? or so – the rock band local tour life style loses its appeal. The bass player starts talking about what carpet they’re putting in their condo this weekend, or the drummer can only rehearse for 1 hour 13 minutes on Thursday evening starting at 7:04 PM. Life starts to get in the way.
Great musicians and bands stop playing, music becomes something that “I did in college” or that you gear up for once or twice a year to rock out in front of your friends and coworkers. This is not necessarily due to a lack of commitment (though there are cases where it is completely that.) The expected route described above does not compliment having a house, family, pet, job, or anything that warrants waking up before 1:00 PM. Now I would argue that someone could do musical theater, local theater, even be in a local or professional symphony (in which I have several family members) and because there is a structured schedule, at a set location, with a committed audience and various means of funding, can still work a day job, and have a pet; and a life.
The point is not to become famous or make a bunch of money (we would love to break even since running a record label and recording does cost thousands of dollars); it is to perform, entertain, enhance a community, pursue creative outlets and have some fun. This is what the Micro Music Mash is about. REB is extremely excited that it is happening and maybe you will be there!
– REB Records
Theft to the Gallows went out to do their first open mic style performance last night. One song only; they chose “Lucky to Love Me.” The Heartland Cafe is a cool restaurant on the north side of Chicago that has hosted an open mic on Wednesdays for 25 (or maybe it’s 26) years. This was the anniversary and it was also Halloween, so there were costumes and congratulations.
This is Lucky to Love Me – not the version from Heartland, but similar – Acoustic, one take.
Theft to the Gallows came up on stage around 10:40 PM, and opted not to use a microphone. After a rousing “Welcome!” chant thing, that is given to new participants in the open mic, Theft to the Gallows went into Lucky to Love Me. BB Mayes nailed some moves why Ryan took the opening lead, and then, having gotten the jitters out, BB Mayes rocked the crowd going into the first chorus. Pointing, gesturing, and singing to the intently listening audience, (they had to listen intently because there was no amplification) it was a fun performance that continually picked up temp. A three minute song ended up being about 2:30!
Looking forward to the next show.
– Ryan (Theft to the Gallows)
Theft to the Gallows played their first show. It was awesome, but not at all in the way that was planned. The performance was really just a workshop for the new songs, and it was unexpectedly cancelled. Dang! So, the evening was open, but looking for some victim on which to lay those sweet sounds, calls were made, and friends having drinks were found nearby. A captive audience!
Buy em’ some drinks, some onion rings, chit chat, and before you know it the guitar is out. Right there on the street we’re doing a five song set. People stopped and watched, couple of em’ clapped. It was a great way to play!
– Theft to the Gallows (Ryan)
Theft to the Gallows has been working hard on putting together some acoustic versions of their tracks in production. The idea being to go out and perform them live at small venues, open mics, and songwriters showcases to work on their chops as a group. Today they recorded some of these, just one take through live. Check em out!
Posted on September 9, 2013
The Theft to the Gallows project is moving forward, and is beginning the design of a fun live show. There will be guitar, vocals, nooses, lollipops, it’s all coming together, and it will be fun.
It won’t have to be super-good, it will be super-fun.
That’s the direction we’re heading.