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ART-ROCK: Ono release their first album in 26 years

On Halloween cultishly beloved Chicago art-rockers Ono release their third album, Albino, their first since 1986's Ennui. Ono got started in 1980, and the current seven-­piece lineup includes two founding members: bassist-percussionist P. Michael and front man Travis, who's also a performance artist and LGBTQ activist. According to Michael, some of the songs on Albino date from 1981.

In 2007 the group was dormant—it never really broke up—when Plastic Crimewave Sound front man and Reader contributor Steve Krakow interviewed Michael and Travis for his Secret History of Chicago Music strip. Krakow invited Ono to play at that year's 4 Million Tongues Festival, their first show after a long hiatus. They soon appeared on Chic-a-Go-Go, and the gigs started piling up.

Ono played a few times at the Empty Bottle, where Cave guitarist Cooper Crain was working as an engineer; he approached the band about recording an album. "We always liked what he did with our sound," Michael says. "So we decided to give it a shot." The group cut Albino in one 12-hour session at Minbal last spring—and started recording a follow-up with Crain this past weekend.

Moniker Records is releasing Albino on just the right holiday: Ono's extravagantly rowdy, noisily eccentric trance-funk is a perfect fit for All Hallows' Eve. Ono will celebrate Albino's release Wed 10/31 at Quenchers; Mayor Daley, the Hecks, and Famous Laughs open.

Leor Galil


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