Identity Crises Inc.
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Identity Crises Inc.

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Identity Crises Inc. @ Cornerstone Festival

Marietta, Illinois, USA

Marietta, Illinois, USA

Identity Crises Inc. @ The Double Door

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Identity Crises Inc. @ The Cubby Bear

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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"Chicago band Identity Crises Inc. takes its name seriously: It must be the only band in history to cite both John Mayer and Swedish prog-metal band Opeth as influences. Just like a real identity crisis, it's got its compelling freak-outs and its indifferent lows, but its sheer willingness to mix things up is usually an asset. The songs bounce from mannered pop to jazz-informed breakdowns, from dynamic hooks to light jangles. All this genre-juggling can distract from the songwriting as much as it helps, but even some of the band's more indecisive tunes find logical ways to blend disparate sounds."

Note: this article references a review of mp3s made available on for a headlining show on 12/6/2009 at The High Noon Saloon of Madison, WI. See - The Onion A.V. Club (Madison)

"Identity Crises Inc. is another Windy City outfit with a Wisconsin pedigree -- keyboardist Jay Barbeaux is a Badger. His band-mates come from warmer climes like Bolivia, Florida and Puerto Rico (and Chicago, but that's not especially warmer). These diverse roots give the band a globetrotting, world music sound." --Bobby Tanzilo, managing editor of

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Postcards Home (EP)



Identity Crises Inc. is a Chicago-based musical project launched by lead singer and guitarist, Jacob Heiss, during a cross-country road trip about five years ago. The group reflects his experience growing up in a diverse, urban community seasoned with frequent travels abroad in the continued exploration of life. Identity Crises Inc. features a dynamic stylistic focus on rock, jazz, roots, and world music with a standing but also semi-permeable roster including guest artists from virtually every corner of the globe. Functioning as less of a band and more of a musical movement, the group balances project continuity and collaborative experimentation to attain the highest caliber of artistry through stylistic fluidity and genre command.

As Identity Crises Inc.’s consistently growing fan-base can attest, no two concerts are exactly alike, yet all are equally, mind-blowingly memorable. For a more conversationally dictated biography, please see our last interview with at To explore our current web presence beyond, please visit:

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Recent Performances:
* The Cubby Bear (Chicago, IL)
* Reggie's Music Joint (Chicago, IL)
* Goose Island Wrigleyville (Chicago, IL)
* The Red Line Tap (Chicago, IL)
* The Elbo Room (Chicago, IL)
* The High Noon Saloon (Madison, WI)
* The Y Not III Tavern (Milwaukee, WI)
* The Heartland Cafe (Chicago, IL)
* Uncommon Ground on Devon (Chicago, IL)
* The Andersonville Arts & Home Weekend Festival (Chicago, IL)
* Uncommon Ground on Clark & Grace (Chicago, IL)
* Cornerstone Festival (Bushnell, IL)
* The Coffee Cat (Santa Cruz, CA)
* Cafe Trieste (San Francisco, CA)
* The Chelsea Hotel (Chicago, IL)
* Bill's Blues (Evanston, IL)
* Princeton Theological Seminary (Princeton, NJ)
* St. James United Methodist Church (Kansas City, MO)
* The Oak Street Coffee Shop (Kansas City, MO)

Rock Influences:
- Classic: Jimmi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Santana, The Rolling Stones, The Resurrection Band
- Indie: Blonde Redhead, David Bazan / Pedro the Lion, Jeremy Enigk / Sunny Day Real Estate, Belle & Sebastian, Death Cab for Cutie, Unwed Sailor, The Appleseed Cast
- Alternative / Modern: U2, The Smashing Pumpkins, Jeff Buckley, Nirvana, Jimmy Eat World, Radiohead, The White Stripes, Bruce Springsteen
- Pop: The Beatles, John Mayer
- Metal: Opeth, Living Sacrifice

Jazz Influences:
- Straight Ahead: Miles Davis (Blue and "2nd Great Quintet" periods), The Jazz Trio (Jarrett, Peacock, DeJohnette), Billie Holiday, Herbie Hancock, Kurt Elling
- Fusion: The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Lifetime, Pat Metheny
- Gypsy: Django Reinhardt

Roots Influences
- Blues: B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Glenn Kaiser
- Soul: Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, Curtis Mayfield, Van Morrison

World Influences
- Reggae: Bob Marley
- Bossa Nova: Astrud and Jao Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim
- American Folk: Bob Dylan, Alison Krauss
- Various: Simon & Garfunkle, Sting / The Police