By: Aaron Gi
Another chilly January night in Chicago filled with gusty winds, icy rain, and bundled up ragers. A sold out crowd was in attendance at the Bottom Lounge Volcano Room for Cherub, with Ghosthouse, and Jib ‘n’ Jab. The Volcano Room is located at the upstairs of the Bottom Lounge; it has a 400 person capacity (compared to the downstairs that caps at up to 900) and makes for a quaint little lounge and a very personal place to see a performance. Excitement was buzzing through the building from the start and once music began at 10pm it was a non-stop disco inferno from there on out.
Starting off the night in style was Jib ‘n’ Jab, a brother-sister duo consisting of Allison Barinholtz, A.K.A. DJ BLS and Jake Barinholtz (from The Coop) on the drums. Their sound was reminiscent of Chicago natives, Orchard Lounge with a deep housey feel that definitely got the night off to a great start. Their set was about forty-five minutes long and consisted of deep grooves, smooth drops, and dancey beats. The live drums brought a whole new aspect of realness to the set, and the melodies gave off a very disco funk feel. Look out for the Chicago based Jib ‘n’ Jab because I have a feeling this is a name we’ll be hearing a lot more of real soon, they were truly impressive.
Next up was Ghosthouse, onstage around 11pm in full shiny disco ball attire. Their sound was comparable to Chromeo, but with a very 80’s dance band vibe to it. They really got into their set, and as the crowd started filling in, the dance party really started. They got people moving and their music went right along with the disco vibe energy that seemed to be prevalent throughout the entire event. They played for about an hour and left the stage right around midnight.
By this time the excitement in the room was absolutely buzzing, the floor was packed, and the crowd was officially rowdy. People were ready for the stars of the night to come out and give us a show.
Cherub is a Nashville based duo signed to the Elm & Oak label. They’re sound is, as described on their website, an “electro-pop duo that is the dance love-child of 80’s funk, and pop-music from the future.” To put this into my own words I would say their sound is a combination of dance electronic music, guitar riffs, and deep groovy synths making for one of the sexiest sounding soulful disco experiences that one can possibly have. The duo consists of Jordan Kelly and Jason Huber, with Kelly on lead vocals and guitar, and Huber on background vocals, guitar, and a custom abelton midi-controller. The blend of their upbeat dancey tunes with their brilliantly captivating love themed lyricism combines for a live show like none other. With high-pitched vocal notes and heavy 80’s themed disco synths they get your heart pumping and feet moving simultaneously.
Coming out with their classics like “Disco Inferno”, “Dirty Cockroaches”, “Love You Right”, and “Monogamy” the packed crowd was grooving, and the whole place was getting down. Everyone was singing along, and the show definitely got emotional, there was a lot of love in da club.
These guys are some of the nicest and most humble musicians around and with their poppy yet funky vibe, the sky is the limit for these boys. Popping a “Ray John” bottle of Moet towards the end of the performance the party was literally popping off, and everyone was smiling ear-to-ear. They closed with their hit “Doses and Mimosas” only to be wooed back out by cheers for an encore in which they dropped a new track off their upcoming EP “100 Bottles” to be released sometime in late February. Look out for these guys on the festival circuit this summer, and make sure to catch ‘em anytime they’re around, these cats are the real deal. Thanks to all the artists who threw it down, and to Silver Wrapper for the putting on one of the best events of the year so far.