photos by Zach Pollack, words by Jamie Gooden
Glass Candy @ Lincoln Hall last night (1/11/2012)
Tomorrow Never Knows is a staple in Chicago's music scene. The annual festival has only grown in popularity and has now spread across four venues and attracts some of the year's hottest up-and-coming bands. It came as no surprise that Italo Disco label Italians Do It Better hosted an evening with Desire, Chromatics, and Glass Candy (all three of which IDIB co-founder Johnny Jewel plays in.)
Desire, who along with Chromatics recently gained popularity by having been featured prominently on the soundtrack to Drive, started the evening with an intensity and sexiness that carried through the evening. Singer Megan Louise coyly smiled behind a thick dark fringe and sparkled in a sequin dress. Her playful charm on stage relieved some of the seriousness of the other members who were absorbed in their instruments. Politely and sweetly thanking the crowd for coming out, they ended with "Under Your Spell," which instantly sent the crowd into a dazed state of awe and dance as they swooned over the tunes.
Less playful, equally as serious, and very unassumingly, Chromatics took the stage, sweeping the audience away from the bars and towards the dance floor. Announcing that it was their first time in Chicago, it was almost immediately apparent that it would be the first of many. The room swelled with bodies completely entranced with the music, so much so that the pretty blonde girl behind me shouted, "This beat is sickkkk!" as Johnny Jewel tapped away at his synthesizer.
Between sets and before headliner Glass Candy, Johnny Jewel intensely cleaned the floor, taking the shirt off his back to wipe it down. This was probably due to the sweat he worked up during the first two sets, and partly because his Glass Candy bandmate Ida No doesn't wear shoes. Finally, the lights lowered, the colored stage lights beat down, and taking his place behind the synthesizer Jewel cued up "Digital Vescolour" and Ida No danced out onto the stage (barefoot), dressed in primary-colored red tights and a blue, knit dress. The crowd reared with excitement, pushing forward with longing faces and eyes closed, hands stretched out toward the stage. Ida screeched a long "wooooo" into her mic, "It doesn't register as a word in the English language, but you can say it to me as much as you want," the crowd wooed in response, "Woo is my favorite word." Again this time, all together.
Despite Ida No's wild stage antics, her sexually charged comments concerning our beautiful Chicago faces and our miles of hands that never end, the real treat of the evening was Johnny. Having performed with both Desire and Chromatics, it was a wonder he wasn't too tired to take up dancing with Idaon stage. The two were a vibrant and dynamic duo. Then having played their entire repertoire, they enthusiastically cycled back around to dance-hit "Candy Castle," after audience pleas for more.
Tomorrow Never Knows continues. More pictures from the Italians Do It Better show, below...