A “symphony of synths” is how Russell Baylin, founder, singer and songwriter of Chicago’s beat-driven pop band My My My describes their new single “War Party,” and for good reason. The band overdubbed 123 tracks of keys upon keys to create a wall of danceable sound that is the next evolution of a power pop group that has been a North by Northeast Selected Artist for two years running. But “War Party” isn’t all synth. Baylin and Sarah Snow’s powerful vocal interplay bring the song’s themes of social alienation and belonging poignantly across. The single release show is set for Friday, October 15th at Subterranean in Chicago. Secondary Modern and The Hudson Landing will also play.
My My My, who have been favorably compared to The New Pornographers, released their latest full-length in May. Leather Silk poetically explores Sex, Love, The Apocalypse, Designer Clothes, and PMS. And along with shout-along choruses, listening to the album is like being at a self-help retreat in a sweaty hotel banquet hall, where you forget about your life while you jump up, sit down and sing out. Deli Magazine says their third album is “filled with finely tuned electronics, sweeping guitar riffs, and dueling vocals.”
Through the grace of Craigslist and sheer timing, My My My formed on the heels of a Chicago winter in 2007 when Baylin set out looking for artists to share his musical vision. He found singer Sarah Snow, and together, their shared vocals capture life’s playful frustrations and satisfactions. Johnny Szymanski adds sonic subtleties that highlight the sarcastic, yet good-natured undertones in the music. Guitarist Ante S. Gelo brings multifaceted rhythm, riffs, licks and nuances that accentuate the dynamics as drummer Bill Skafish and bassist Jake Bartolone drive the mood with forceful, yet vibrant beats that sound like flirtatious revenge. Together My My My creates a vivacious depth to refreshing songs that seduce with a sly, witty intensity.
Since their serendipitous inception, My My My has captivated audiences with their magnetic boy/girl vocal dichotomy, sonorous and buoyant melodies, and dynamic, resonating beats at the Sundance Film Festival, Milwaukee Summerfest, North By Northeast (NxNE), and clubs throughout the Midwest and as far as San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Friday, October 15th
2011 W. North Ave, Chicago, IL
Single Release Party for “War Party”
With Secondary Modern and The Hudson Landing
Doors: 8:30 PM
Show: 9:00 PM
Purchase tickets: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3205515&REFID=subtcal