Anarbor – Tickets – Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL – November 13th, 2017


Kickstand Productions Presents!


Sundressed, High Wire

Mon, November 13, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm


Tickets at the Door

This event is 17 and over

Junior high: a time for first dances, first crushes, first dreams. It's a time when what you realized the future you couldn't wait for - whether it be high school aspirations or beyond - is within your reach more than you knew. Who knew that in eighth grade, a group of friends would embark on a first dream that sees no end in sight - their first band.

Anarbor is living proof that sometimes lofty childhood aspirations work out to be not so lofty after all. Since the fateful onset of the grade-school friendship between vocalist/bassist Slade Echeverria and guitarist Mike Kitlas, the band has been an actuality that has not only survived beyond the pitfalls of high school, but is thriving more than ever. "When we were in eighth grade, calling it a 'career' wasn't even in the picture. The shows we played were mainly to just our friends and classmates," the band says. "We weren't very good at first but we stuck with it cause we loved playing music and playing together." Seven years after their initiation, Anarbor is releasing their first full-length, The Words You Don't Swallow, this spring on Hopeless Records.

Armed with the familiar soulful pop-rock that defined their breakthrough EP, Free Your Mind, a year ago, the new record ups the ante with more confidence, wit and sheen. When you consider that Anarbor signed a record deal while still in high school, and recorded this LP at the ripe age of 19, it's imperative to know these are artists who have still only begun to scratch the surface. A band who have grown up together not only in their band roles and as young adults, but have grown with their fans as well.

"We write about what its like becoming an adult, the temptations we face, the fact that we all have problems and habits, but at the end of the day we are all human beings and we are all flawed," the band says. "With this record, we have the chance to get our music out to a whole new audience, so we're going to say exactly what we want to say. We all are going through such different stuff as we're getting older, so we all contribute to the lyric writing."

Boldly going where they've tread before (clever and defiant tracks such as "Drugstore Diet" and wayward relationship tales such as "Contagious" and first single "Gypsy Woman") and where they haven't (foraying into ballad territory on the retrospective "Useless"), the LP is the ideal format for Anarbor to display all areas of their expertise. Producer Mike Green (Paramore, Set Your Goals, The Spill Canvas) once again coaxed the best from this foursome, working to keep the patented chemistry intact but evolving. Including guitarist Adam Juwig and drummer Greg Garrity, the band is comprised of four individual songwriters working in sync. Using each other as sounding boards to their melodies and lyrics, the number of influences and tastes coursing through each of the record's 11 tracks is reflective of that unity.

Anarbor will get the chance to show the nation (and the world) the extent of their growth when they embark on their first full Vans Warped Tour this summer, as well as a debut venture overseas to the UK and Japan. As the band says, "We signed right out of high school. All throughout high school, we had to play with tons of older bands, and kind of got looked at as just a bunch of kids. Now we're traveling the world with our best friends." Beginning as a garage band, just a group of friends who wanted to create music together, it seems their junior high ambitions have come full circle after all.
High Wire
High Wire
Every coming of age story starts somewhere. For Chicago, IL quartet High Wire, the story started in different places. In 2012, Iowa natives Cameron Jones (bass, vocals), Mark Nussle (guitar, vocals), and Chris Rymer (guitar) migrated to Chicago together in pursuit of their musical ambitions at the same time Adam Harrington (Drums) left Sydney, Australia to chase his own dreams in music. Since then, the band has made a name for themselves in a thriving Chicago punk scene establishing a dedicated fan base and sharing stages with the likes of Real Friends, You Me and Everyone We Know, Sleep On It, Knockout Kid and more.

With the release of Different Places, High Wire pushed themselves to their creative limit both musically and lyrically, the EP is very much a step in a new direction for the band with a handful of new songs, but still retains a familiar sound that fans have grown to love since their debut. Different Places, produced by Seth Henderson (Real Friends, Knuckle Puck, Sleep On It) is a collection of songs that tell a story of personal changes and growth. It’s the journey from who you were, molded by the irrevocable changes in relationships to where you are presently, and who you aspire to be in the future. The EP is a representation both literally and physically for the band and embodies where High Wire started, where the band is presently and where they’re headed in the future.
Venue Information:
Beat Kitchen
2100 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL, 60618

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