By the time English troubadour Frank Turner performs in Chicago this January, he will have had over 2,000 shows under his belt…and probably a few more tattoos as well. His sixth album Positive Songs For Negative People is filled with full-throated proclamations of betterment, defiant fists raised against tragedy, and charging songs meant for pushing past heartbreak. His purist fans might’ve scoffed at his use of electric guitars on the album, but there’s no way those same critics haven’t shout-sang “Mittens” in the shower. We here at Chicago INNERVIEW spoke with Turner about the art of telling others to “fuck off” and buffalo wing aromatherapy.
Amanda Palmer has worn an increasingly ridiculous number of hats over the course of her genre-spanning career including musician, street performer, author, public speaker, controversial poster child for crowdsourcing, ukulele queen and, as of fairly recently, mother. But when asked how she thinks of herself, the veteran singer/songwriter/provocateur better know as Amanda Fucking Palmer has a simple answer: “I’m an artist.”
Yeasayer is a band that puts as much creativity, thought, and care into the process of making music as visual artists put into creating their next masterpiece. While they are fans of art, its history, and what drives good art, the incorporation of this appreciation is splattered throughout every element of their music from the songs themselves to the album artwork to the way they view the changes in the modern-day music industry. Having recently dropped its fourth album Amen & Goodbye on London’s impeccably curated Mute Records, Chicago INNERVIEW spoke with Yeasayer’s Anand Wilder to get the lowdown of one of Brooklyn’s preeminent experimental rock groups.
One of the most influential indie rock bands of the ’90s, Built to Spill has for the past two decades served as the primary vehicle for Doug Martsch’s multi-layered guitar orchestrations that have spearheaded the Boise-based band’s sound and creative direction ever since 1993 debut Ultimate Alternative Wavers. Existing around the fringes of mainstream success for much of their career, the longtime Warner Bros. act most recently released 2015’s Untethered Moon after a six-year silence following 2009’s There Is No Enemy. Chicago INNERVIEW sat down with Martsch to chat about making a Built to Spill record, the painful process of penning lyrics, and not wanting to be remembered only as a “band from the ‘90s.”