The Dyes
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The Dyes

Chicago, Illinois, United States | SELF

Chicago, Illinois, United States | SELF
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"Student musician masters guitar and grades."

Self described as a dirty blend of Rockabilly infused garage rock n' roll with hints of punk and surf, local band The Dyes are finishing up recording their album and looking ahead to their second summer tour.

Heavily influenced by Dex Romweber and other rockabilly acts like Flat Duo Jets, The Dyes are a three piece band with Jill Olchawa on bass, Lisa Manson on lead vocals and guitar and Charlie Crane on drums.

Hailing from the Chicago suburb of Westmont, the "home of beanie babies and Muddy Waters," according to Olchawa, The Dyes are heavy on the bass and thick on the sass. Playing together for over 5 years, The Dyes began when Olchawa and Manson met in junior high and quickly bonded over their love of music and desire to start a jam session. Two years later, Crane recorded their first demo and found himself in the band after the original drummer left.

Olchawa, a junior Public Relations major at DePaul, runs the Thursday night shows at Brownstones while playing with her own band at venues like the Beat Kitchen, Martyr's and Subterranean.

"The music we play has a small group in Chicago," said Olchawa. "But Chicago has a cool scene, very tight knit."

Though not widely known in the mainstream music scene, Rockabilly is a growing underground movement of sorts, a throwback to simpler times of pre-auto tune and overproduced hype. Once Olchawa and Manson discovered Rockabilly, nothing else would satisfy their musical tastes.

"It's like a sickness," says Manson. "You find something you like and then you want to find the roots of it. And you just go deeper and deeper and deeper."

Last summer The Dyes traveled across the Midwest in a minivan for their summer tour, hitting cities with large underground music scenes like Detroit, Nashville and Kansas City with tour mates Muddy Udders-something they hope to repeat this summer.

"We're going to Texas sometime in June," said Olchawa. "Then back in the van."

Support has poured in from both family and friends throughout the band's years. "Every once in a while, my mom reiterates the whole 'school should be your main focus' thing," said Olchawa. "But she comes to almost all of my shows and secretly enjoys it." Crane agrees, saying "the parentals haven't ever asked us to turn it down when we're rehearsing in the basement."

Olchawa's longtime friend Alex Schulle, also a DePaul student, is a proud supporter of the band.

"They have done a tremendous job of developing their own fresh Rockabilly sound," Schulle said. "And they always look incredibly adorable while performing it!"

Stemming from a lyric Manson wrote some time ago, the band's name has been the source of some billing trouble over the years. "Once we were billed as The Dykes," said Crane. "That was fun."

Catch The Dyes this summer as they return to their summer tour route. Information can be found on their Facebook page or MySpace profile. - The DePaulia

"No laptops needed: The Dyes play rockabilly, rock ‘n’ roll - without the gadgets"

Young and unsigned, The Dyes are fueling the local music scene with the melodic sounds of '50s rockabilly, '60s garage rock, blues, punk and even country. Even more impressive, they are doing it all without the use of a laptop stage presence.
The Dyes create and play a rock ‘n' roll fusion of music all while self-managing and producing their new self-titled album.
The trio of guitarist and vocalist Lisa Manson, bass guitarist Jill Olchawa and drummer Charlie Crane has been making music together since 2005.
Musical influences of the band include Hank Williams, The Cramps, Wanda Jackson and The Flat Duo Jets. Manson's sultry vocals intertwined with the often-heavy drums and rhythmic bass offer a raw high-energy performance at live shows across the city.
Drummer Charlie Crane, 23, recently graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a bachelor's degree in audio arts and acoustics.
Crane says he is aware of how playing the Chicago scene can unfold.
"Unless you find a niche, playing shows as a young band is basically an indirect way of selling alcohol," Crane said. "Bands are just something a bar will use to increase traffic, and your job as a musician is to create an enjoyable environment for patrons to drink in."
Not to be entirely labeled a rockabilly band, The Dyes have certainly found a niche and following on the rockabilly scene. They played Big C's Jamboree regularly this year at Martyrs' on Lincoln Avenue. The jamboree is a dedicated night of bowling shirts and retro skirts and swing dancing to the tunes of pompadour rockabilly musicians every first Thursday of the month.
The self-titled album of 14 original songs was recorded at Mystery Street Recording Company in Lincoln Park. The Dyes describe their song writing process as "organic." Typically, Manson will bring a newly written song to rehearsals, and they arrange the music.
"We're just a rock ‘n' roll band – guitar, bass and drums," said Crane. "As a young band that doesn't have a laptop on stage with us, I suppose that makes us an anomaly."
The band's future plans include new material, more shows and a music video. More information is available at - The Roosevelt Torch


The Dyes released a self-titled, 14 track album in June of 2010, available now through Bloodshot Records "Drinking Buddies":

The album is also available through iTunes:

A music video to the single "I Don't Know" can be found on our YouTube channel: (along with many tour-diaries and various live performances!)

We also released a 10 track cassette of live studio recordings of all covers titled "Teenage Dance Party" in July of 2010.

The Dyes have been featured on DePaul University's (Chicago) radio station, Radio DePaul; WPGU FM 107.1 (Champaign-Urbana), and UIC (University of Illinois in Chicago) Radio, and



Chicago-based trio, The Dyes, infuse 60s inspired garage-rock with infectious 50s rockabilly undertones to create a punchy and melodic, yet raw rock n' roll sound. By digging up the roots of influences such as: Hank Williams, The Cramps, Wanda Jackson, and The Flat Duo Jets, this female-fronted trio is sure to catch the ears of a wide-spectrum of music lovers as they toss hints of punk, surf, blues, and country into the mix, and stir it up with their own unique twist.
Though the two front-women of the band are just 21, The Dyes have been performing together for the past four years and have become established in the Chicago rockabilly and rock n' roll scene, and have been touring the south and midwest for the past two years.