Waco Brothers, Hushdrops | Schubas | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Waco Brothers, Hushdrops 

When: Sat., Dec. 27, 9 p.m. 2014
Price: $14
This long-running indie-pop outfit helmed by singer and guitarist John San Juan and drummer Joe Camarillo has been active for more than two decades, but also subject to long periods of inactivity. It once boasted a Spinal Tap-worthy procession of bassists—six of them were sandwiched between stints by founding member Scott Carlson and current bassist Jim Shapiro, who took over the position in 2002—and Camarillo and Shapiro have remained busy in other projects (Waco Brothers and Veruca Salt, respectively). The trio recently issued the self-released Tomorrow, its first album in a decade and only the second of its career. The members made up for lost time by cramming 20 tunes onto it (21 on the CD version), and the Hushdrops’ sound remains rooted in the era in which it was born: Wicker Park’s early-90s alt-rock explosion. Luckily, strong pop melodies have a way of transcending time and style. So while the trio’s scrappy energy and ragged vocals—and San Juan’s quasi-psychedelic guitar playing—feel like markers of a period now long gone, the hooks feel very much alive. —Peter Margasak

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