PLAYBACK:stl @ Cruisin’ Rte. 66 | 07.31.08

crusin66.jpgFILMING FOR "THE SET"
July 31: PLAYBACK:stl presents Northside’s Sweet Revenge, Tell Tale Heart, STRIVE, Chapters, The Highway Companion

at CRUISIN’ RTE. 66 | 7:30 p.m.
$5 | 21+


Northside’s Sweet Revenge | Northside’s Sweet Revenge is a band with a simple mission: to make music that sticks around for a while. Hailing from St. Louis, Sam Wade, Jimmy Britton and Zack Long are crafting music that never bows to the status quo while keeping their pop sensibility intact. On first listen, it’s impossible not to notice their ability to write a hook that will be in your head for hours after the song is over. If you dig past the melody, you’ll find that the lyrical well runs deep. They are not afraid to explore some of the darker themes of humanity while deciding to package them up in a deceivingly glossy package.

Tell Tale Heart | You know that feeling of release and exhilaration and jubilation you get from shouting your beliefs and hopes and dreams from the top of a cliff into the sunset? The wind lifts your words and carries them, dispersing them, disseminating them so they can grow, thrive, be. That’s the feeling you get while listening to Tell Tale Heart. Their music lifts you, washes over you, enfolds and uplifts you. This is music to shout to the sky to; this is music that says what you’re feeling and makes it so.

STRIVE (Chicago) | STRIVE is the new breed of mainstream artist: relentless in its efforts to tour and promote itself, yet accessible enough that people of all ages and walks of life can latch on and claim the band as their own. "People like good music," maintains frontman, pianist and songwriter Derick Thompson. "If the lyrics touch you, it’s less important what sound is the backdrop for it."

Chapters | Sometimes it’s about the destination, sometimes the journey. With dark-wave quartet Chapters, it’s both. You may not like where you end up, but getting there is one hell of a ride. Their songs are fueled by lyrics both insinuating and overt, about gray areas and the guilt that can come from exploiting them.

The Highway Companion


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