SOMETHING UTOPIC with ELEPHANT GERALD, GONE BY SUNSET and STAGGOLEE at the Eagle Theater

FRIDAY JULY 22, 2011
doors at 6:30pm
tickets: $10

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SOMETHING UTOPIC is a rock group that has evolved tremendously since its beginning early in 2009. SU began as a relatively simple acoustic two-man act characterized by catchy vocal melodies and a somewhat average pop/punk acoustic sound. Mike made the executive decision to broaden the group’s sound with a drummer and bassist to complement a new electric sound. SU then recorded its first ever EP entitled “Slow Down” at MacTech studio. This demo maintained the catchy melodies combined with mostly punk chord progressions. As the months passed both Mike and Keith began to feel that SU had much more potential than what was demonstrated in “Slow Down,” and could push the boundaries of musical creativity in new ways. Songwriting shifted gears toward a more progressive style of rock with diverse riffs ranging from gritty rock n’ roll to silky smooth harmonies. Ben’s jazz band experience opened up a broad range of drum work to accompany any riffs we could possibly throw at him. Along with Mark’s bass groove, an unique combination of funk and progressive metal that is both musically technical and fun to listen to, SU began to write songs that embodied this dynamic rock sound while maintaining similarly catchy vocal melodies to music of the past. The band decided that the old EP no longer defined their music, and that more recording would need to be done. In collaboration with WiseGuy Records, SU is currently working on a full length album to embody its entirely new sound. All four members have a deep commitment to their individual role in the band as well as the overall product produced at the end of the day. The music speaks for itself, so take a listen!

With ELEPHANT GERALD

Elephant Gerald began when founding members David Allison (lead guitar, keyboards, and vocals), Giuseppe Manzella (lead vocal and rhythm guitar), and Brian Damage (bass guitar and vocals) united to craft aggressive, hook-laden songs that encapsulated all the energy, imagination, and grit they felt their music should reflect. With various drummers, the band honed their high-energy stage show at Detroit-based clubs such as Lili's 21, The Shelter, the Magic Bag, and the Seventh House, and in 1997 they recorded and released a CD. Entitled Elephant Gerald, this recording brought them a larger fan base that led to their performances in cities beyond Detroit, including Chicago. In 1998, after the permanent addition of drummer Michael Fulgenzi, the band continued to mature and develop, refining their live show even further and expanding their instrumentation to include keyboards and layered vocal harmonies. In the summer of 1999, the the band recorded and released an eclectic seven-song demo EP. Elephant Gerald then released their next album, Six to Ten (Maybe). In the following months, they continued to perform at select alternative venues and clubs, gaining recognition with their singular artistry and unwavering belief in independently driven music.

Also with GONE BY SUNSET and STAGGOLEE

 

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