A Lull does NXNE
Chicago is known for producing a lot of good things: Chicago deep dish pizza, architecture, wind (aka. The Windy City) but it’s also known for producing a lot of good bands. One of those bands would be A Lull, an indie rock / experimental band that I had the chance of interviewing at NXNE during the Slapback Media BBQ at the Analogue Gallery on Thursday June 16, 2011.
Thankfully, I tried to take it pretty easy on Nigel Dennis, Todd Miller, Mike Brown, Aaron Vincel and Ashwin Deepankar who had just driven in from Cornwall, Ontario (where they had stayed over night via their trip from the States) to play NXNE.
So here is the straight goods from A Lull:
File alongside: Yeasayer, Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear?
The skinny: A Lull have been on tour for awhile both on and off festivals. They’ve been through the good, the bad and the ugly. For example, while in Pittsburgh – one of the band members got struck by lighting and lived to play the show. Now that is rock & roll. But in all reality, A Lull tells me the greatest thing about getting to play festivals (such as NXNE) is the general atmosphere and acceptance of different genres. Oh, plus – when they travel to Canada, they get to have Sesame Seed Pizza, which is pretty rad.
Must hear track: Weapons for War
What to expect from their shows: The band tells me that not only do they put on an energetic live show but they have a very unique sound. They try to make each and every single show different from the others.
Favourite band they’ve seen live while touring: Group of the Altos – apparently this is a group of 11 people and they put on a hell of a show. A Lull said, “It’s an experience not to be missed”. Group of the Altos is from Millwaukee and the AV Club has described them as, “a surly high-school orchestra”.
Photos by Lucia Gracia