Indie Chamber Rock band Renegade Lightning Rebellion is hitting the Chicago music scene with its debut album "Four Statues." RLR's sound combines a modern Indie rock aesthetic (Fleet Foxes, Dirty Projectors, Sunset Rubdown) with elements of classical counterpoint (Bach) and a hint of early progressive rock (Genesis, Yes) for a collection of bizarrely singable melodies. In live shows, audiences have been captivated by the constant switching of instruments among band members, and further drawn in by paintings that illustrate the characters and themes of each song.
The songs are inspired by four statues songwriter Brian Stark saw while passing through Bern, Switzerland on a backpacking tour of Europe. They explore themes such as conquest, the capriciousness of nature and the nature of personal integrity.
RLR has packed out shows at the Pig 'n Weasel in Evanston and Tonic Room in Chicago. Look for their interview in the Evanston Round Table set to print in late September or early October.