by Whitney Lerch
Itching for some indie folk rock, I headed out to Get Hip Recordings on February 24th to catch Essential Machine and Some Kind of Animal. Always looking for new music, I was anxious to hear The Black Six for the first time, too!
This was my first trip to Get Hip and it took about 30 seconds to be completely in awe of the massive amount of music they had for sale and in storage at the North Side warehouse. I wasn’t there to shop that night, but I will surely be back soon for that. It wasn’t long after I arrived that Essential Machine opened the show and scratched my itch for indie folk rock. With their newest EP, Poison Control, released just six weeks ago, I was pumped to hear some new tunes from the trio and honestly I could have listened to them play The Outsider on loop all night. Its a real jam and you should give it a listen.
Some Kind of Animal was up next and brought their own ambiance with them, with fluorescent lighting laid out on the floor just before they took the stage that made them appear to be floating in a sea of white. SKOA had just debuted their new single “Good Ol Days” earlier that week on the WDVE morning show and gave the Get Hip crowd a glimpse with a live performance of “Good Ol Days”, complete with the quintessential, brutally beautiful and despondent melody that is SKOA. The Black Six took the stage next and picked up the tempo with a high energy and quite literally at some points, head banging set. It was my first show of theirs and I’m looking forward to hearing more!
Some Kind of Animal
The Black Six