Loomis

Loomis

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As eclectic as they are talented, Loomis has a bare-bones three-man lineup and comes on with the energy and immediacy of one of today's emo-charged punk-pop outfits. But the heart of their music is in something more mature; a little more subtle and smart, and much more musically proficient.

Biography

Loomis, with its bare-bones three-piece lineup, comes on with the energy and immediacy of one of today's emo-charged punk-pop outfits. But the heart of their music is in something more mature; a little more subtle and smart, and much more musically proficient.

Talented singer-guitarist Tom Valenzano merges his slick licks with Beatlesque melodies and memorable tunes that have earned comparison to acts as diverse as the Beatles and Elvis Costello on one hand and Jimmy Eat World on the other. Melissa Kempfer's low-end bass lines and Alex Karan's seasoned drum work fit like hand in glove and provide a solid groove for the band's sound.

Together, they have unified their years of experience, skill, and dedication to their craft, and have given birth to Chicago’s newest – and perhaps most alluring – musical offspring. They are up front and relentless, dramatically intense and emotionally seething, with a voice that stands up and demands attention. As disciplined as only the son of three established musical talents can be, Loomis is the impossible to ignore child, born of the influences of experimental, progressive rock and matured within the Chicago rock scene. Now, with a conviction, passion and intensity that rock music hasn’t heard in decades, Loomis is speaking up.

Loomis' first full length release is entitled "Heavy Balloons Are Laughing At Us." It is a 13-song LP produced by Mike Hagler (Wilco, Neko Case, Mark Eitzel) and was released independently in June 2003.

Accomplishments:
• Garageband.com ranked Loomis as #1 band of the Top 200 Chicago bands listed (June 2003).
• The song Ember was featured as Garageband.com “Track of the Day" on June 14, 2003.
• The song Page was featured on 94.7 The Zone - WZZN-FM on James VanOsdol’s Local Zone show (2003).
• "Heavy Balloons Are laughing At Us" was reviewed favorably by Richard Milne and featured the song What For? on his show
"Local Anesthetic" (September 2003).
• Loomis was featured on WXRT’s "Local Anesthetic Capsule" (September 2003).
• The song It’s Too Hard was ranked #1 in Alternative out of 8,000 songs submitted on Garageband.com (September 2003).

Discography

Ashtray Tapes - released 2000
Heavy Balloon Are Laughing At Us - realeased 2003
Discmakers.com Independent Music World Series Compilation - released 2004

Set List

Our standard 60-90 minute set is comprised of originals listed below. The band currently provides up to 2 hours of music featuring originals and striking renditions of several classic tunes.

The audio contained in this EPK offers a good representation of the originals that the band performs. However, if you'd like to hear additional examples, please visit www.loomismusic.com.

Originals:
It's Too Hard
Page
Paint It Blue
I'll Pay
Cracks
Waiting For Guns
Ember
What For?
Lying Awake
1000 Ways To Die
Saints and Sinners
Duo-Jet
Lonely Sunday's
Famous
Instead
Spread Eagle
Too High
Valentine
Linda
Caboose
Son or Daughter
Comin' Back
Dead to the World