They’re lies a subculture in Chicago, amongst other cities, which can’t be defined as “hipster” or any other metro-tag our youth generation is categorized by today. Sure, go ahead and try to categorize it, but you’d have to find it first. It is 6 a.m. at an undisclosed location in a happening part of the city. The hours previous have been filled with dub step, drum/bass DJs, a little bit of house music, hula hoops, and belly dancers. The scene includes smoking rooms, ‘chill’ rooms, hallways for painting the walls, and several nooks for private conversations.
By 6 a.m., many of the party goers have departed and barely a few have trickled in. Taking the stage is Chicago indie-folk band Good Evening. Joining Weston Rose on ukulele and guitar, vocals, and Alyssa Martinez, vocals, violin, and tap dancing, is Davis, the bass player/guitar player, who’d been at home all night.
The strong contrast to the night’s earlier mood and music makes a welcome change. Most of the audience takes seats on the floor; others stand with their last drinks of the night. The trio breaths into a cover version of Radiohead’s “I Will.” An interesting choice to begin with a cover, but with a 6 a.m. show it surely sets the tone. It’s a beautiful beginning to bring in the cold light of morning. There’s a bit of background conversation, though not nearly enough to distract attention from the stage.
The trio eases in to many tracks from their latest album, In Public. Songs such as “We Agree” and “The Secret to Everything” are examples of what sets this indie-folk band apart from others in their genre. They have the gift, similar to Andrew Bird, where they can be dark and beautiful lyrically at once. Yet, it is aloof and casual tone of Weston’s lyrics and voice that add a distinct loungy sentimentality. Then as Alyssa course in between singing and violin, there is that extra dimension of fine composition. And hearing a violin bow course back and forth over the strings at this hour is hauntingly exquisite.
As the sun continues to rise, as the sun crawls over the highway beyond the window, more making their exits, Good Evening doesn’t lose pace. They banter back and forth and uniform themselves in a composed budget of time and pacing. Other covers such as Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams” and “Dream a Little Dream” picked up momentum for the wired and tired audience. There was even a half version of “Dance Magic Dance” for a musical breakfast.
Overall, it is a unique experience to be in that moment of a band playing at 6 a.m. in an undisclosed location, especially when you can feel the talent and character of that band shine through, just like the Sunday sun.