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Evanston, Illinois, United States | SELF

Evanston, Illinois, United States | SELF
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"Turn UP That Racket!"

For any of you that think musicians are just a bunch of artists with no business sense, the Chicago Noise Machine is out to prove otherwise.

Trying to make your living as a musician is an expensive and time-consuming proposition. Even with iTunes and MySpace and the multitude of other resources now available online, bands still have to play shows and they still have to sell CDs and merchandise. They have to purchase studio time and pay for an engineer and a producer, and unless they have oodles of time and lots of connections they'll probably need a manager to book their shows and get their songs onto the radio. Basically, being a rock star ain't all sex, drugs and rock & roll. It's a heck of a lot of work.

Nine of Chicago's most talented bands who have been working their tails off decided to pool their resources and created the Chicago Noise Machine. It's an inspired idea that I believe could change the way bands do business. Ever since I began featuring local bands over two years ago I've been amazed at how well they play together in Chicago - both musically and in the sandbox.

I've featured seven of the nine bands, and consider many of the members friends. Because I've come to know them it's no surprise that they would forego the traditionally expected infighting of the music world and decide to work together, but this is a concept that defies that stereotype.

Of course that's all for naught if their music is subpar. It isn't. It's the opposite. Let's just put it this way: I've collectively seen these bands over 30 times in one year.

Tonight is their launch party at the Cubby Bear. For the unbelievably cheap price of $10 ($10????) you can hear nine of Chicago's top bands.


72 Hours

A Birdsong Valentine


Bullet Called Life

Echo Son

Heavy the Fall

Lucid Ground


Simplistic Urge

Cubby Bear, Clark & Addison

9pm to 2am, $10 (seriously - that's insanely cheap)
- Theresa Carter - TheLocalTourist.com

"Chicago’s music scene makes some ‘noise’"

Some say today’s music scene in Chicago is flooded with bands trying to promote only themselves. But on Nov. 14, nine bands played their first show with the slogan, “Monogamy is dead. We play together.”

The group calls themselves the Chicago Noise Machine, which was formed in an effort to create a music scene with the absence of individual egos. At 7 p.m., the doors opened for their first show at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., and by 8 p.m., the venue was packed. Minus the bands, the staff, guest list and sponsors, a total of 736 people came through the door that night, said Stephen Francis, lead singer of indie rock band Reverie. The venue sold out by 11 p.m.

The nine bands that played were 72 Hours, Algren, A Birdsong Valentine, Bullet Called Life, Echo Son, Heavy the Fall, Lucid Ground, Reverie and Simplistic Urge.

The group has support from not only their individual fans but also sponsors, like radio station WKQX (Q101 FM), energy drink Vegas Fuel and music website FanFound.com, all of whom were present at the show throughout the night.

Each band’s set lasted about 30 minutes , rocking hard and playing their best songs. Francis said they limited set length to maximize exposure of all the participating bands as well as maximize the quality of music-in essence, a “best of” concert.

When bands rely on someone else to book them, Karl Hafner of Lucid Ground said, they often get “raped” out of most of the money. One of the motivations for organizing Chicago Noise Machine was to rid themselves of that problem.

“It’s a band amongst bands,” Hafner said. “It’s run by bands. So we know; we understand.”

In 2004, members of Lucid Ground and two other bands tried to create a scene of their own called Underground Sound Scene, an idea similar to Chicago Noise Machine, Hafner said. They only played a few shows at the Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave., but phased out the project because it wasn’t having the effect they wanted.

“It obviously takes dedication,” he said. “It takes a big scene to do this. Three bands: That’s not a scene-that’s a show. Nine bands: Now we can make a scene.”

No single band is in charge of Chicago Noise Machine. The nine groups treat each other with equal respect, to the extent that they drew names out of a hat to have a fair order of bands for the show.

Around 15 to 20 more bands have already requested to be a part of Chicago Noise Machine and have been sending e-mails asking how to get involved, Francis said.

Chicago Noise Machine is looking to expand, but only with bands that work hard and can draw a crowd, Hafner said. When they bring in bands, they will be looking for groups with professional attitudes who support the scene and Chicago Noise Machine, Francis said.

“What we want to get it to is where the crowd has a chance to see [more than one band],” Francis said. “A lot of the time they show up to see one band and leave. I think it’s an attention span thing, and I think it’s a patience thing.”

The idea for the group originated in July when a few of the bands were at the Elbo Room, 2871 N. Lincoln Ave., having a couple of drinks and talking about the way the scene used to be, said Brian Bender, lead singer of A Birdsong Valentine. Bands used to support each other, he said, but are more self-centered these days. They want Chicago Noise Machine to change that.

“A lot of people are like, ‘It’s me, me, I, I,’ Bender said. “It’s never like, ‘Well I went out last night and saw a great band at the Double Door.’ The great thing about Chicago Noise Machine, it’s ‘we.’ It’s ‘us.’ It’s not ‘I.’ Everyone is involved with it. Everyone goes out and promotes it. Everyone does the interviews. It’s like a brotherhood.”

When the first few bands were set on creating Chicago Noise Machine, they compiled a list of all the bands they play with in Chicago, Bender said. Then they went through the list, crossing off bands they wouldn’t think would work and ended up with a variety of nine different acts.

“It’s [an] eclectic type of music,” he said. “It’s not all screamo-indie. It’s not just all one style of music. You want to dance? You got A Bullet Called Life. You want some great harmonies and shredding guitars? You got Simplistic Urge. You want laid-back, easy music? You got Reverie. There’s so many different types of music, and somehow we all mesh.”

Melody Santos, 30, a self-proclaimed music connoisseur, said she came out to the show to see Simplistic Urge and expected to leave right after they played, but stuck around because the other bands were
so good.

“I would come to every single show [of Chicago Noise Machine] if it was in the realm of possibility,” she said. “Not just because of Simplistic Urge, but because these bands have really shown me something.”

She said there is not one particular venue where she can show up and expect to see a good show, but she gives credibility to Chicago Noise Machine.

“It’s all about the band-whoever’s playing, “she said. “These guys really have a presence on stage-that’s my biggest thing with concerts-they need to have a presence, an energy, a fire about them. And these bands all have it. It’s been really awesome so far.”

By midnight, there was no way to get from one side of the stage to the other without bumping into a dozen people, and the Cubby Bear had to open a back room of the venue to let people spread out.

“People have stuck around,” Francis said, toward the end of the show. “They’re enjoying themselves. Everyone’s partying, listening to music. [We] can’t ask for anything more.”

Dan Graunke of Heavy the Fall said he has no idea why bands haven’t done anything like this before, and he expects Chicago Noise Machine to progressively expand across the music scene in Chicago, and possibly take it over.

“I’m proud of it, but I don’t feel honored to be a part of it,” Graunke said. “It’s just a big family. I love the other bands, and everyone’s awesome.”

Francis said they haven’t made plans for what they will do next, but they are thinking about holding an all-day event or moving to a bigger venue with two stages. They also might just stick to the same plan for a while.

“You can’t ignore something like this,” Francis said. “I’ve never seen anything like this in the 10 years I’ve been in music.”
- Steven Schnarr - The Columbia Chronicle

"SouthSide On the Town - 6.21.08 @ Chicago MOBfest"

As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. And so far MOB Fest 2008 has truly surpassed my expectations this year. Last night’s lineup entertained the audience at the Elbo Room with great acoustic tunes and heavy metal performances. For the finale, this popular Chicago venue featured another great lineup of rock artists. The bill included such performers as 72Hrs, Marashino, and The Lifeline. I was well prepared to cover all the fun and action for the final night of MOB Fest.

My good friends, 72 Hrs, kicked off the last night of MOB Fest with a bang. For this evening’s set the guys preformed popular tracks such as Rollercoaster and Peak. I was amazed by the guitars’ thundering riffs and the lead singer’s unique vocal style. Whether singing as front man or playing guitar with the band, Joseph’s vocals truly made each song come to life. Despite the varying tempo, it seemed as though the audience never missed a beat. Fans were riveted by 72 Hrs’ music throughout the entire set. The four guitar harmony and exhilarating riffs gave the songs more depth and energy. To the fans’ disappointment, the band had to refuse an encore because of time constraints. I highly recommend checking out their latest single, Ones You Love. For more information about 72 Hrs, visit them at www.myspace.com/72hours or www.72hours.us . - www.fearlessradio.com

"SouthSide On the Town - November 29 2007"

SouthSide first heard this opening band last summer at the Cubby Bear stage. 72 Hours opened their set with their hit track entitled Go. This particular song set the energetic mood for the night. The crowd thoroughly enjoyed the wild antics of the band members. For instance during one song the band included a fun drinking game in which the audience took a drink whenever the lyrics “I know I know” were repeated. At the end of their set 72 Hours concluded their intense performance with Elephant Song. SouthSide recommends catching this guitar rock band at their next performance. Visit them at www.72hours.us or www.myspace.com/72hours. - SouthSide/Fearless Radio

"Battle of the Bands - June 24, 2007 @ Lakeshore Theater"

The Winner for last night's show is 72 Hours.
Thanks to all the bands that showed. I hope
to see all of you again in the not so distant future.

The best of luck and success to all of you.
- Supernova.com


-"It's About Time" (LP - 2005)
Track listing:
1. - Go
2. - I Know, I Know
3. - Ragnar Roc
4. - What You Do to Me
5. - About Tomorrow
6. - Hole in the Sky
7. - I Am Mr. Picture Perfect Memory (And I Remember Everything)
8. - Hurt Anyone

-"Chicago Noise Machine Vol. 1"
7. - Elephant Song
12. - The Ones You Love

-"Era" (LP - 9/26/09)
1. - Elephant Song
2. - Hard For
3. - You Will Stop for No One
4. - Rollercoaster
5. - The Ones You Love
6. - Peak
7. - Will You Ever?
8. - Legendary

-"Fan Exclusive" Digital Release (10/1/09)
1. - Elephant Song (v.2)
2. - Overcast



72Hours is a 5-piece rock band hailing from Chicago's north side. Their sound is heavily influenced by 90's rock music but incorporates styles from both old and new, creating something that is current and relatable to every music fan. They are most often compared to some sort of mash-up of Incubus, Radiohead, Stone Temple Pilots, Muse, and Alice in Chains, but it doesn't stop there. This is the back story...

In the fall of 1999, four high school friends were brought together by their passion for music and a twist of fate. A local show, featuring drummer Ben Blobaum's band as an opener, sets this story in motion. An unexpected illness in the band forced them to cancel their appearance a mere three days before taking the stage. Blobaum, not being one to pull out of a show, recruited his friend Joe Gunia to play guitar for him. Together, they convinced friends Joseph Luat and Tom Sheehy to round out the quartet for the evening. Since the group had been in existence three days, it seemed appropriate to dub 72Hours as their band name.

What was supposed to be a one-time performance turned out to spawn an incredible musical journey. Their make-shift set, from only one hour of practice, exploded into a mosh-pit frenzy of excitement. They were an instant hit. Blobaum's illness-prone band was dropped and the four friends have been together ever since. The name stuck, and Chicago welcomed the birth of 72Hours.

After cycling through a number of fifth members, the group was finally completed with the addition of good friend Dave Putziger. With its lineup intact, 72Hours has taken Chicago by storm, rocking packed houses in such legendary venues as the Metro, Congress Theater, Double Door, Cubby Bear, Elbo Room, and the Fireside Bowl. The past couple years, the band's focus has been promoting the release of their 2005 debut album, It's About Time.

The band was one of the founding members of the "Chicago Noise Machine" a collective of 9 of the best Chicago-based bands. The goal of CNM was to build the following of the group as a whole, rather than as individual bands, pooling their resources together and combine efforts on shows and compilation CDs. The CNM launch party on 11-14-08 proved to be a resounding success as the show SOLD OUT the famous Cubby Bear Wrigleyville with over 800 people in attendance. The show was sponsored by Chicago rock station Q101.1, FanFound.com, and Vegas Fuel energy drink.
Although the Chicago Noise Machine has since been dissolved, the collective gave birth to the I AM Fest (Independent Arts and Music Festival). 72Hours had the distinct honor of headlining the original festival in June of 2009. The summer of 2009 proved to be one of the best EVER as the band played at Chicago's renowned Metro for the first time. The band also ended up appearing in a national TV commercial for one of our favorite shows "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" on the FX network.

Later that year on September 26th, 72Hours released it's second LP entitled "Era" and said goodbye to original drummer Ben Blobaum, after 10 years of making music together. It was truly a bittersweet moment with the celebration of a new album and 10 years of music-making, but losing a good friend.

Currently, the band is working on finding a new drummer and creating an array of new music for all to enjoy. Music that will push the boundaries of the band's signature sound!

72Hours continues to add to their list of achievements, and pursue increased exposure. But most importantly, these friends want to ROCK!

-Headliner of Chicago Noise Machine I AM Fest 2009 @ Congress Theater
-Appearance and final voiceover in "Dayman" commercial for "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" Season 5 on FX Network
- "Elephant Song" featured on Rock Scarz Magazine Compilation - Issue 4
- "Elephant Song" and "The Ones You Love" featured on Chicago Noise Machine Vol. 1 compilation
- Selected as a Finalist in the 100% Music Songwriting Contest 2009 for the song "Elephant Song" in the Rock category (www.100-music-songwriting-contest.com)
- Featured Artist on secondwavemusic.com in June 2009
-Headliner at Carpentersville Music Festival in August 2009
- Winner of 2007 Supernova Battle of the Bands
- Live performance at MOBfest 2008
- Performed at the SOLD OUT Chicago Noise Machine 2008 Launch showcase at Cubby Bear Wrigleyville
- Performed at Skokie's Backlot Bash summer street festival August 2008

Band Members