Voted 2nd best live show in Chicago 2019 only after Lizzo for his Pitchfork performance (Chicago Tribune), Ric Wilson is a young Chicago stand-out that makes party-ready hip-hop with an intelligent twist. Wilson’s funk/disco-infused take on rap stimulates both the mind and body with robust percussion, buoyant vocal arrangements, and triumphant instrumentation. Wilson’s music is playful and poignant, with youthful innocence that’s still ever-aware of the difficulties life may throw at you. But instead of lamenting and brooding, Wilson chooses to bask in the beauty of it, dancing through the struggles while remaining acutely aware of his emotions.
Wilson has toured and opened for a wide range of acts such as Cory Henry, Big Freedia, The Roots, Lil Yatchy, Badbadnotgood, Azealia Banks, All American Rejects, Noname, Alex G, Mr. Twin Sister, Kwekcu Collins, RDGLDGRN, and more. With festivals under his belt such as Pitchfork, Rolling Loud (SF, LA, Miami), Gov Ball, Fader Fort, Mamby on the Beach, Hopscotch, Otis Mountain Get Down & more Ric is preparing for the release of his first album and to infinity in the new 2020 decade.
Over the course of five years and five LP’s, L.A. veterans, Frankie and the Witch Fingers, have been mutating and perfecting their high-powered rock n’ roll sound. After savagely touring the USA and Europe, this four-headed beast has shown no signs of relenting—appearing like summoned daemons and dosing crowds with cerebral party fuel.
The main attraction of Frankie and the Witch Fingers is their explosive performance. With their rowdy and visceral approach to live shows, each member brings their own devilry to induce an experience of bacchanal proportions.
Using absurd lyrical imagery—soaked in hallucination, paranoia, and lust—the band’s M.O. strikes into dark yet playful territory. This sense of radical duality is astir at every turn, in every time signature change. Airy vocal harmonies over heavily-serrated riffs. Low-key shamanic roots under vivid high-strangeness. Rambling stretches and punctuated licks. Cutting heads and kissing lips. All this revealing a stereophonic schizophrenia that has flowed throughout their body of work: an ebb & flow of flowery-poppy horror.
The band’s latest incarnation is primed to break new sonic ground, edging into the funky and preternatural. Just when you think the trip couldn’t get any weirder, Frankie and the Witch Fingers cranks up the dial, shatters the mundane, and summons new visions.
Brand new math/noise/post-rock band featuring Joshua Backes (Grasping at Straws, Murder in the Red Barn, Guns Blazing), James David (Murder in the Red Barn, Guns Blazing), Cat Ries (No/No, Pleasure Thief) and Peter J. Woods (Galactic Cannibal, Mountain Language). Influences include Uzeda, June of 44, US Maple, and all of those other bands from Chicago and Louisville in the 90s.