Owls, Cloakroom, Hide | Subterranean | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Fri., Dec. 19, 9 p.m. 2014
Price: $20, $17 in advance
Back in September I caught this northwest-Indiana three-piece open for high-volume shoegaze revivalists Whirr, and the match was perfect. Cloakroom goes for a lush, massively heavy take on pretty indie rock, often sharing similarities with Champaign space-rock favorite Hum. On this year’s Lossed Over EP and last year’s Infinity full-length (both out on Run for Cover Records), the band sounds a little different than it did onstage—pensive, confessional emo is at the forefront, with deliberately paced rhythms, heartstring-tugging vocal melodies, and carefully strummed Fenders making up the main arsenal. But the heaviness Cloakroom uses live isn’t totally absent in the studio: at their best, the records sound like a David Bazan project that occasionally cuts loose and explodes into drone metal. Both personalities are great and will suck you right in, whether you’re in the mood for skull-crushing guitar tones or forlorn introspection. —Luca Cimarusti
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