Trakan
Gig Seeker Pro

Trakan

Chicago, Illinois, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2006 | SELF

Chicago, Illinois, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2006
Solo Rock Singer/Songwriter

Calendar

This band hasn't logged any future gigs

Aug
18
Trakan @ Websters Wine Bar Chicago

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Jun
24
Trakan @ Uncommon Ground

None, Illinois, USA

None, Illinois, USA

May
25
Trakan @ Lizard's Liquid Lounge

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Chicago, Illinois, USA

This band has not uploaded any videos
This band has not uploaded any videos

Music

Press


Tombé amoureux de la Belle Province il y a quelques années, le chansonnier originaire de Chicago Trakan fait référence aux bars de la Vieille Capitale sur Rue St-Jean, chanson tirée de son premier album. Axé sur les guitares électriques et le chanté parlé de Trakan, Opening Soon Under New Management emprunte au folk rock des années 90. Le chanteur rappelle parfois Mellencamp... sa choriste, Andrea Bauer aurait peut-être dû l’accompagner sur plus de chansons. Trakan a certainement une belle plume... On apprécie la ballade A Fool’s Lament, la fin musclée de Chronic Dyslexia et High In The Bathroom.

- Nicholas Lavallée, 'Bang! Bang!' - Bang! Bang!


Tombé amoureux de la Belle Province il y a quelques années, le chansonnier originaire de Chicago Trakan fait référence aux bars de la Vieille Capitale sur Rue St-Jean, chanson tirée de son premier album. Axé sur les guitares électriques et le chanté parlé de Trakan, Opening Soon Under New Management emprunte au folk rock des années 90. Le chanteur rappelle parfois Mellencamp... sa choriste, Andrea Bauer aurait peut-être dû l’accompagner sur plus de chansons. Trakan a certainement une belle plume... On apprécie la ballade A Fool’s Lament, la fin musclée de Chronic Dyslexia et High In The Bathroom.

- Nicholas Lavallée, 'Bang! Bang!' - Bang! Bang!


This stripped down rock band with dual male/female vocals does have a good sound that's a cross between X, Social Distortion, Swingin' Utters and Tiger Army, but with a bit less punkabilly.

-- Grog Mutant, The Chicken Fish Speaks - The Chicken Fish Speaks


This stripped down rock band with dual male/female vocals does have a good sound that's a cross between X, Social Distortion, Swingin' Utters and Tiger Army, but with a bit less punkabilly.

-- Grog Mutant, The Chicken Fish Speaks - The Chicken Fish Speaks


Trakan is truly an emotional and gifted songwriter. As a performer, he keeps his angst at a controlled simmer, riding the cusp of a boil throughout his live show, thus keeping the audience on edge with him. Stylistically, he carries the torch of Lou Reed, Billy Idol and PJ Harvey into the new decade. - Brad Cole's Blog


"Love the wide spectrum of sounds… songs ranging from story songs to guitar jams to country to contemplative love songs... writing continues to be first rate... rock and roll singer/songwriter vibe with a punk edge... check them out." - Blog "Does He Still Shit In His Pants?"


"Trakan handles a microphone the way a cabernet-drunk, aging punk talks too closely in your ear. On his Powder Kegs Beneath Dagger Trees mini-album, he marries a Billy Bragg-meets-Nick Cave veteran angst with the occasional foray into Irish-tinged insurgent country. Trakan’s best when he takes another swig and breathes a layer of sleaze onto your nape." - Illinois Entertainer


"The songs have a slick sound and yet the rockers retain a nice gritty sounding edge. Trakan's vocals are the real treat here. This guy has a cool breathy dark vocal style."
--- babysue.com - babysue


Rating: 8.8/10

"The lyrics are very passionate and the use of the acoustic guitar really complements the vibe of the album... [Their] ability to successfully transition the tempo from one song to the next really displays how dynamic Trakan is," and "while many of the songs are very emotional and expressive, there are some tracks which display Trakan's comedic aspect... With such an interesting and unique sound, it will be hard not to check out this Chicago band."

- The Music Appraisal. - The Music Appraisal


"An excellent surprise! A very nice mix of elements of 80s college rock with distinctively gruff vocals."

- Audio Lunch Box - Audio Lunchbox


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZdrm3OaHDs

"Really, I think this video effectively captures the mood and feeling of chicago this summer - busy, congested, noisy, transitional, border-line risky and not entirely clean. I felt right at home."

- Julie Samuels, Green Party Candidate for Lieutenant Governor - Direct Email



- Press Coming Soon!


Trakan has the Frank Black thing down on his bilingual surf-and-shoegaze debut, Opening Soon Under New Management. The multi-instrumentalist even looks the part, helping the most Pixies-like of the CD speed along without a hitch ("Summer," "Here Comes Julie"). When Trakan slows for "A Fool's Lament" and "Anne-Marie," his peppy Teenager Of The Year vibe erodes, and he whines like a French Billy Corgan over naked twang. Thankfully, "High In The Bathroom" restores teen spirit. ([6] www.trakan.com)
– Mike Meyer - Illinois Entertainer


While Molly Malone's has a way of taking us back to the old country, it also knows how to provide some good old American music. Bands such as Trakan have left crowds standing and chanting for more.

- Molly Hanrahan
Nov. and Dec. 2007 Edition - The Post - Forest Park, IL


You guys have something special happening. You remind me of the
Velvet Underground. But with more upside. - Mike Sharp, Sound for FitzGeralds


"Creepy roots music with panache."
- Waymon Timbsdayle, Rocktober magazine - Roctober Magazine


"Creepy roots music with panache."
- Waymon Timbsdayle, Rocktober magazine - Roctober Magazine


Discography

2012 - Powder Kegs Beneath Dagger Trees, Independent Release (DTM002)
2007 - Opening Soon Under New Management, Spade Kitty Records (SK025)

Photos

Bio

Trakan (pronounced "TRAY-kin") is a community-oriented multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Chicago with a growing catalog of indie rock releases. His first record, Opening Soon Under New Management was a DIY full-length album from 2007, and his sophomore effort, Powder Kegs Beneath Dagger Trees, was a mini-record released in 2012. A new record is in post-production and scheduled for release in 2015.

=====================
Style and Comparisons
=====================

Trakan’s throaty vocals, intensity, poetic complexity and sardonic wit have led to a number of comparisons. Tom Waits, Frank Black (The Pixies) and Nick Cave are frequently mentioned. He also lists Bruce Springsteen, Paul Westerberg (Replacements) and David Lowery (Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven) as inspirations.

Stylistically, Trakan’s songs are rock-forward and passionate, occasionally dark, and usually introspective, with plenty of pop hook, country twang, and exotic instrumentation to keep things interesting.

Lyrics on both records are in English, but to the delight of some in Canada and France, he also likes to add French lyrics to his stories from time to time. Female vocal cameos regularly sweeten his agitated growl.

==============================================
Do It Yourself Spirit, Alliances with the Music Community
==============================================

Trakan is a multi-instrumentalist who embodies a quintessential do-it-yourself “indie” work ethic. He writes the songs and performs much of the instrumentation on his recordings. Even more, Trakan produces and engineers many of his professional-quality recordings, codes the website (he is a techie by trade), provides most of the graphic design, and organizes the project’s largely web-based marketing.

When a promotional or musical task does venture out of his comfort zone, he enjoys tapping Chicago’s art community and building collaborations. The recordings for Powder Kegs Beneath Dagger Trees feature 17 different cameos, and include notable performances by Deanna Varagona (Lambchop, Vic Chesnutt, Yo La Tengo, M. Ward, Bobby Bare Jr.) and Rocco Labriolla (Joe Pug, Van Ghost).

The live line-ups also tend to fluctuate show-to-show. When full-band, the project currently features fiddle, piano, and banjo, whereas in the past, cello and accordion rounded out the orchestration. Combined, over 35 musicians have helped Trakan record and promote his two records. Many others have supplied artwork, including his wife Veek, who contributed paintings to both albums’ liner art.

==================================
Trakan’s Causes and Community Service
==================================

For a stretch, Trakan referred to his street-level approach toward community building, music, and art as “ROGUE,” an acronym for "Representative of Grassroots and Underground Entertainment," but he became discouraged by the sudden and coincidental overuse of the term in the mainstream media, corporate branding campaigns, and in the political arena. So now he simply walks the “grassroots” walk without a fancy acronym.

Some of Trakan’s songs were written while volunteering sound design and songwriting for Livewire Chicago Theater, a storefront theater company on Chicago’s north side.

He also actively supports community-level causes. For instance, he worked with Chicago Public School students, as teacher/volunteer/map maker, during the production of Powder Kegs Beneath Dagger Trees, culminating in a role as co-producer, promoter and organizer for a benefit concert that successfully drew funding and attention to non-school tutor/mentor programs in the summer of 2010.

========================================
In his own words on his www.trakan.com website:
========================================

“I am a community-minded rock musician and songwriter from Chicago. My songs are a dynamic mix of stories that wander from love lost and workplace oppression, to innocent observations on the weather - all forged with deep supernatural and psychological curiosity. My new CD tells the story, in my own very personal way, of the adventure I had while assembling my new second collection of songs. I genuinely hope you like it.”

=====================

For more information, contact trakan at trakan@trakan.com, and visit the well-stocked and maintained website www.trakan.com , a website he built and maintains with his own two hands.

Band Members