Go See Panther Style at Beat Kitchen

The Beat Kitchen continues its climb up the local music scene ladder this Saturday by featuring Panther Style, a rising Chicago band bordering rock and power pop, sprinkled with a little punk.

Panther Style will be playing off their brand new album, Emergencia (released May 31, 2011), which features squealing, edgy guitars complimented by Jeanne McClure’s strong but understated vocals that are reminiscent of Shirley Manson, at times, except for the occasional primal scream or two. Dan Lutger violently bangs the drums to make sure you don’t forget this is a rock band first and foremost, while Al Rodis and Melissa Koehl shred sexy guitar riffs and occasional solos that evoke fond memories of some of the best eras of rock – from epic hair bands to indie and punk revival.

Panther Style is the product of veteran Chicago rockers and a very welcome, refreshing addition to the scene. We like straight-up rock around here and that’s what you’re going to get on Saturday. Something else we like – live recordings, of which Emergencia is one, recorded at Chicago’s B-Side Audio.

Have a listen below then get your tickets for Saturday’s show – it’s going to be a good one.


Introducing: Face of Man

Chicagoan Alex Silva has a band – called Face of Man – who has just released their first album. Alex reached out to us so that we might turn on Sound Citizens everywhere to their unique sound. After a spin through some tracks, we are more than happy to oblige.

Face of Man’s self-titled debut plays like its been a true labor of love and passion and, as Silva tells us, was carefully crafted over the course of six months with a little mixing from Coleman Moore and mastering by Joe Lambert (Dirty Projectors, Panda Bear, Deerhunter). The band consists of Silva on guitars, vocals and bass; Jesse Chevan on drums; and Charlie Hack on bass – all Columbia University students/grads.

One of the first things you might notice about Face of Man is a wide range of influences which seep into just about every song on the record, and in every which way. You can hear some rock, R&B and jazz accentuated with layered guitars, electric pop and simple, guiding drum beats. And, although I really don’t know, I wonder if they are fans of Minus the Bear?

At any rate, this is how bands are born and we are excited to be a part of it.

Have a listen below. If you like what you hear, stream and download Face of Man’s entire debut album here.