a DIY fashion extravaganza rang in the latest Sick Muse release, number 9! With a runway show featuring Michelle Janayea, Harakaat Apparel + House of Ka, and An Authentic Skid Mark + Edaa Birthing, a performance by DIY rock star Richard Album, juke & house music selected by Shook Hips, ecstatic visuals produced by Nate Coleman, and a dangerously fun catwalk contest judged by Rae Bees and Kristopher Fraser.
Local rapper and President of Utopia + caught up with DIY stars Erin & Egon of the noise pop band DAYMAKER at Hostel Earphoria’s Halloween show The Last Refuge. Featuring a cameo appearance by Cedric Casimier of ZE’EV (and many other projects), this interview is a brief dive into how music changes lives and what makes a band cover another band.
Give it a listen:
Check out Daymaker (as Daymaker) tonight at Schuba’s 100% Off Bands alongside Black Sandwich, Kinobe, & Global Junction! 3159 N Southport, 9 PM. Free.
THE SICK M– USE ISSUE #9 RELEASE PARTY
Celebrate TWO years and NINE issues of The Sick Muse zine with a fun & glamorous party. We ask for your support as we continue to grow into a sustainable publication that promotes DIY music and art-making as well as dialogue in the written form.
☆ DIY CATWALK CONTEST ☆
Throw on your sickest, punkest, glammest attire and strut to the tune of DIY Chicago. Free to enter, winner takes home a PRIZE!
Judged by Glamhag & Rae Bees & Kristopher Fraser
☆ FASHION SHOW ☆
Chi designers will amaze and delight you with a showing of their very own creations!
Jupiter XI Apparel
An Authentic Skid Mark
☆ DJ SETS ☆
Prepare your hips to be shook!
☆ LIVE MUSIC ☆
DIY superstar performs a solo set with live projections!
☆ ART & MERCH RAFFLE ☆
$2 raffle tix
with items generously donated by:
Pages Per Content
plus Sick Muse merch and a 160 GB iPod loaded up with some of the editors’ fav DIY Chi bands!!!
☆ DEC 02 | ARCHER BEACH HAUS | 8PM ☆
☆ $10 ADMISSION COMES WITH COPY OF TSM #9 ☆
The space is on the second floor and not ADA accessible. Direct questions to email@example.com. Email for address.
Blood Licker was the featured band of TSM #8. If you haven’t heard em’, go take a listen and then come back to read this post.
–> Blood Licker bandcamp
Blood Licker is a duo, a melding of two minds, and possibly…probably…brains. BL’s shows are distilled magic. Seeing them in a concrete building, you’re immediately transported to a forest: you know that below that building’s foundation, there’s fungus, roots, and decomposing plant/buggo matter. BL helps you remember that soil is alive. BL’s Whitney and Mark are the kinds of spirits who reveal things in the shadows, replenish energies, and rock super hard. Also, they love rats; that’s why we did the r thing there, to get that in somehow!
Following are excerpts from Jolene(isha) W/E interview with Blood Licker and lyrics from their 2016 tape Malignant. For the full interview pick up a copy of The Sick Muse #8!
How is the forest connected to Blood Licker?
Observing the divine represented in Nature fuels what we make. She may be soft or harsh in Her instruction to us. We take solace in spending time in the woods, listening to the rhythms of birds, wind, animals, and plants. Much of the material on the demo cassette “Malignant” regards the destructive impact our culture has on Nature, and what actions She may take to exact retribution. We make a tiny humans’ attempt to show our gratitude and implore chaos.
Do you think it’s important to be comfortable with eeriness?
We do feel it is important to sit with, experience, and translate fear/terror into sound and performative gesture. We would not classify this as being comfortable with eeriness, but rather paying close attention to environment and confronting instinctual dread to strengthen empathy and capability to communicate through that dread. Comfort is never our objective. Comfort may kill the urgent need to express. We will never be complacent to the powers and currents we seek to confront.
Do certain feelings have sounds?
Most certainly. We are intrigued by lending sensation to the opposite sound of what we might immediately imagine a feeling to have – – such as a deadly dangerous soft coo, an ecstatic scream of delight, a plodding drum cadence that induces anxiety, or a tape loop of blistering static that represents calmness.
What things do you do to capture elements of horror in music?