NE-HI, a four-piece band from Chicago, will be shaking the stage in Gardner on Saturday. They’ve maxed out at Chicago big rooms Lincoln Hall and Thalia Hall, establishing themselves as one of the city’s most emerging acts who can bring a unique energy and atmosphere to any crowd.
A driving bass and drum concoction provides the baseline to NE-HI’s sound that grips the listener and holds them there, entranced by a mixture of the raw and precise. Strong guitar work keeps the songs interesting and alive through structure and chaos. The vocals are laid-back and catchy, sometimes sung as a group, serving to elevate the melodies and supplement their indie rock vibe.
The band relies on a spirit of repetitive themes to keep their mood going, and there is no doubt that they will bring a high level of energy to Saturday’s performance.
A good example of NE-HI’s edge is “Haunted Summer,” which band member Wells says is a song he particularly likes because he gets “to shred [his] balls off.” The different instruments play off each other and blend together, bringing new developments as it goes along, all the while keeping the buzz alive.
Since the band is comprised of four dudes who met at DePaul University, NE-HI feels like a college band that has matured with a little time, seasoned itself, softened its rough edges, and still retained that pure, wildly refreshing noise that makes you want to nod your head and move your legs.
And the best thing is, NE-HI is emerging into the national scene, and we at Grinnell College get an intimate look, just for us, that will surely lead us to say in a few years – “Yeah I saw them before they were big.”
Below you can watch a video of “Since I’ve Been Thinking”, which rather interestingly profiles the attendees of a house party.
Basin, the opening act, has put out over two albums of music on bandcamp since September 2013. Basin’s music can be defined through the genres of shoegaze, rock, and folk. There’s an experimental flavor to Basin that uses noise and a variety of instruments to create an art that is magically fused.
Sat, Jan 31
9pm, Gardner Lounge
Free, all ages, open to the public