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Chicago, Illinois, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | SELF

Chicago, Illinois, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2015
Band Rock Avant-garde


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"Obligatory Response,In Music,In Person,In Love"

(When the press was published we were known as Cottonseed. The band name is now Obligatory Response.)
Obligatory Response, a band consisting of Vince Allen on lead guitar and Maria Diamantis on vocals and electronic sound, blend synthetic noise, guitar riffs and licks, and contra alto whaling to create rhythmic, heavenly chaos . Obligatory Response’s stage presence displays why Vince and Maria not only make a great couple but also a rocking musical duo. Vince, stoic yet comical, is a talented statue behind a guitar wielding rhythms that feed off of the sound patterns emitting from Maria’s amp enriched laptop. The combination of guitar and synthesized vibrations convert Maria into a possessed whaling siren beckoning patrons towards the stage to watch as she expresses herself through melodious lamentations and physical gyrations.....Obligatory Response is a yin and yang , a great force, free to experiment with sound at their discretion and provide audiences with the results.

Marcus Bailey - Chicago Music Examiner - Chicago Music Examiner


Obligatory Response (EP)
We've enjoyed radio airplay on Chicago area station WLUW 88.7. and had music streamed on Afro Punk , and Funk Gumbo.



Both band members listen to a wide variety of music. Maria's musical influences/favorites are. Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath,16 Horse Power,Tori Amos,and Orbital. The bands that make Vince happy are Fishbone,Screaming Headless Torsos,VanHalen,Billy Strayhorn,Wes Montgomery, and Bad Brains.

What we think sets us apart is the fact that during the song creation process we don't aim for a specific genre we allow the song to create itself. And for two people can be surprisingly powerful enough to play an arena.

Obligatory Response has been together for seven years starting out performing at acoustic open mics in the Chicago area then evolving from there. Adding programmed bass, drums, and ambience to complete what Obligatory Response is today.

Band Members