The Evening Attraction and Joe Bordenaro & The Late Bloomers Shake Up Schubas

The Evening Attraction lit incense on stage at Schubas. They brought out a vintage Farfisa organ, plenty of Vox amps, and even a Danelectro bass. The five-piece band was going to take us to a different time. They were one of the two headliners that evening for the local recording studio Treehouse Records' music showcase. Joe Bordenaro and The Late Bloomers played later in the night, who also fused garage rock songs with surfy tones. And from both artists, it's clear that Treehouse Records are working with some of the most exciting rock 'n' roll acts in the city, if not the country.

A full crowd shook along to The Evening Attraction’s more energetic numbers, like “Love So Fine” and “All You Got Is Money.” It's hard to describe their sound not saying "tight." And they didn’t lose any steam during their hour-long set. They've recorded singles at Treehouse Records before and they just wrapped up recording 9-songs there for an album entitled “The End, Again” that they plan to release early this summer.

The showcase felt like one big but intimate party. Members of The Walters walked around, who were on a very short break touring their 2-month tour. Members of Lucille Furs hovered around the front of the stage, absorbing the tunes. Both headliners are much more than just a band's band, but so much of their attentive audience were made up of fellow musicians.

Longtime friends Matt Geiser and Barrett Guzaldo have been running the all-analog studio officially for about three years, though they've been at it with Tascam recorders since they were teenagers. Since they opened the studio on the West Side, they’ve worked with Twin Peaks, Whitney, The Orwells, Modern Vices, and so, so many more bands.

But they've also been cultivating the rock 'n' roll community in the city — and no doubt owning the Trident console that Pink Floyd used attracts many aspiring artists. Joe Bordenaro has been playing with the likes of The Orwells and Whitney, and it's easy to imagine that we'll hear his name more often once he releases a full-lenth LP. The Late Bloomers felt like one unit, which includes keyboardist Max Loebman of Yoko and the Oh No's. Though Joe doesn't have much music released, he headlined and played for an hour to an enthusiastic and large audience who even demanded an encore. As his band set down their instruments, Joe took off his Telecaster, swept his big hair, and shrugged. He told us they had no more rehearsed material, but he told us about his next few shows. And there's no doubt he'll be playing many more shows.    
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Colin Smith

Colin Smith thinks that Chicago right now is the place to be for music. He works for Illinois Humanities, is a freelance writer, and plays psychedelic-pop songs with his band.