Algren

Algren

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Algren is energy. Whether experienced in person or heard through computer speakers, Algren's aggressive yet melodic songs pulls in an audience and holds their attention. They work hard to promote, spending countless hours flyering, networking online, and spreading to word to build their fanbase.

Biography

Energetic. Raw. Powerful. Melodic. Intense. Rock.

These are words that have been used to describe Algren, a fresh rock band from Chicago that has burst onto the local music scene with their unique blend of introspective lyrics, searing guitar riffs, grooving rhythms and dynamic songwriting.

Algren has hit the ground running, quickly building a repertoire of songs that are difficult to label into one specific genre. Known for their inspiringly energetic sets, Algren has played gigs at numerous Chicagoland bars and clubs, including highlight performances at Double Door, Elbo Room, Cubby Bear, and the Downers Grove Heritage Fest. The band is quickly building up a devoted fan base with the help of various media outlets, such as Q101, 97.9 The Loop, Fearless Radio, the Red Eye, Rock Chicago on CANTV-19, and The Local Tourist. Algren is also a member of Chicago Noise Machine, the consortium of local bands that also includes A Birdsong Valentine, Bullet Called Life, Echoson, Heavy the Fall, Lucid Ground, Reverie, 72 Hours, and Simplistic Urge.

Although just formed in July 2006 the members of Algren bring with them a rich musical history that has aided their rapid development as a band. Vocalist Aaron Priest, Guitarist Jonathan Iseman and Bassist Jason Holly played together for three years in the band Amici, a group out of Valparaiso, Indiana that received numerous accolades and significant regional radio airplay for tracks on the 2003 release, “801 EP�. After a two year musical hiatus, the three friends reconnected in Chicago last year and formed Algren with new drummer Ben Brown.

All four members are dedicated and driven musicians, performers, and promoters looking to make a name for themselves in the regional and national market while performing the music they love. The group just finished recording their first full-length album, "A Wayward Sound Floods the Streets," and will release it in early May 2009 along with a an accompanying graphic novel that expands on the themes of the music.

Lyrics

Bled

Written By: Algren

The words come hard now
As they stumble over his tongue
As they race to ask him from his love
On the way towards their freedom

Enrapture my soul
He had so much to give

But he carried the world’s songs
He bled them for so long
Painted glass he saw through
Something’s going wrong
He’s got the grace to carry on

A light, a hope, a dream
Compromise the painted face’s masquerade
And he bled what he bled as investment
And he swam on to judgment

Enrapture my soul
He had so much to give

But he carried the world’s songs
He bled them for so long
Painted glass he saw through
Something’s going wrong
He’s got the grace to carry on

Exposed

Written By: Algren

a nation exposed
the bare bones don’t lie
they tell us everything
that was kept on the inside

and i
feel
alone
when i tell the truth

so come
join this platform i
am screaming from
this soapbox
this dressed up cliché
don’t give your life away
for old men’s dreams
cause these young kids screams
will keep you awake

these times have got to change
i won’t rearrange old lies
it’s time to tell the truth
and console those we cast aside

and i
once felt
alone
when i told the truth

don’t give your life away
for old men’s dreams
cause these young kids screams
will keep you awake
don’t give your life away
for old men’s dreams
cause these young kids screams
will keep you awake

My City

Written By: Algren

My City
Wakes
Shakes off
Silence
A Broken
Nose
Throws
It's arms
Around me

Cold air
Fills
My City
Lungs
Miles of
Sidewalk cracks
Draw Maps
To guide me.

A wayward sound floods her streets
Broken Glass Symphony
Never knew the song she sings

Listen to her lies.
Listen to her cries.

End of the World

Written By: Algren

Welcome to the End of the World...
Welcome...

This is the end of the world
Life's a waiting room.
Your hands up in the air,
Apocalyptic cartoon.
Panic too soon.

Welcome to the End of the World,
Where no one dares to look inside.
Welcome to all that's infernal,
Where no one dares to raise their eyes.

Prepare yourself for a war,
You're not safe from anyone, anymore.
Keep your shelter clean,
So these concrete walls can save you.
We're all done for.

Welcome to the End of the World,
Where no one dares to look inside.
Welcome to all that's infernal,
Where no one dares to raise their eyes.

Suspicion weighs on my eyes, there's terror in disguise.
My nerves are shot, a victim of my own thoughts.
If you're running to the ends of the Earth,
You'll be running 'til it ends.

Welcome to the End of the World,
Where no one dares to look inside.
Welcome to all that's infernal,
Where no one dares to raise their eyes.

Discography

Tracks for streaming are available and ever changing through www.myspace.com/algrenmusic. We have formally released the "Bled" EP and are planning a full album release in early 2009. Radio airplay includes WKQX Q101 and WLUP FM 97.9 the Loop in Chicago IL, and a number of college and Internet radio stations.

Set List

Typical set ranges from 45 minutes to 2 hours. We focus primarily on original material but covers are constantly rotated in and out of sets. Recent covers have included The Doors, The Frames, Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, Muse, and Silverchair. Original songs of ours include:

Morning
Crowd Control
On and On
Bled
Feedback
Sex I Regret
Dark Cathedrals
A-OK
Exposed
Amends
Bad Fiction
A Solution
We're Right, You're Wrong
My City
End of the World
White Floor