California Wives, Santah, Deserters | Lincoln Hall | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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California Wives, Santah, Deserters 

When: Wed., Sept. 12, 8 p.m. 2012
Price: $10
In just a few years California Wives have become one of Chicago's most promising and ubiquitous young indie-rock groups, playing practically every worthy street festival in town and signing with Vagrant Records. But like so many hot new bands before them who've fallen into the trap of overstylizing every detail of their sound, they've left much of their potential untapped. California Wives suffer from a pretty common pop-rock problem on their debut album, Art History (Vagrant)—that is, it sounds like any other pop-rock record. Their oh-so-chic sound—an airy homage to 80s pop filled with shimmering synths, reverb-touched guitars, and delicate vocal harmonies—paints all their coy hooks and uplifting melodies in similar colors, so that many of the tunes blur together. The album sure sounds nice, but considering how good the songs are, too few of its moments stick in your head after the last track ends. —Leor Galil Santah and Deserters open.



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