Fri, May 24 - 9:30pm - $8
Furious Frank performs a high energy gypsy-carnival rock that is neither traditional nor nostalgic, but instead a fresh fusion of familiar styles re-imagined for listeners demanding something new. Dance rhythms, frenzied mandolin riffs and soaring horns combine to create an incomparable but irresistible sound. Sharing the stage with The Wailers and Buckwheat Zydeco, regularly compared to Calexico, Tom Waits and Gogol Bordello, the band defies simple description. But rest assured, they are far from subtle.
Mooner plays power-pop for the 21st century. Melding their signature double lead-guitar attack with deceptively simple pop songwriting that pays homage to Elvis Costello, Big Star and Warren Zevon, Mooner has become a favorite in the Chicago rock community since forming in 2011. Despite an undeniably huge sound–engineer Mike Hagler (Wilco, Neko Case) records the band live in a converted warehouse–they tear with punk-rock economy through nimble arrangements, which turn on a dime from towering solos to candy-sweet Thin Lizzy guitarmonies to moments of swirling noise. Mooner has been featured on the airwaves via Chicago’s WGN and WXRT, where they were nominated for Best Local Artist. In the Midwest, they were featured on Iowa Public Radio, Milwaukee’s WMSE and WCBR. They have collaborated on compilations with Kimya Dawson and Andrew Jackson Jihad, shared the stage with The Flamin’ Groovies and played to fans at hallowed Chicago venues like Lincoln Hall, The Hideout and Schubas as well as others across the Midwest.
"...(Secret Science) is really more of a Frankenstein creation. And I do mean that in a good way. These basement technicians dug up the freshly-buried forms of punk rock, shocked them with a thousand jiggawatts of raw human energy and infused some late ’90s rock sensibilities about how far noise alone can carry an idea. This is post-punk: the don’t-give-a-[flip] recklessness of Skulls (Misfits, 1982) tempered by the compelling pop-logic of My Name is Jonas (Weezer, 1994)." Kevin Whelan, Indie Monday