For a lesson in Midwestern bootstrapping, look no farther than Chicagoland shoegazers Carbon Tigers, the Columbia College alumni who built their band from the ground up despite typical blitzes of bad indie-rock weather — empty shows, emptier coffers — only to have their $25,000 vanful of musical equipment filched off a side street in Uptown. (Whoops!) Luckily, Carbon Tigers aren’t your typical pack of Millennials. When any other band of fickle post-collegiates would’ve called it quits and buckled down on those grad school apps, these ever-devout space-rockers took the next most-Millennial route: an online crowdsourcing campaign. Two months and ten grand later, Carbon Tigers were back on the road (and in the studio) with fresh gear in tow. The result is a much-matured sound and, most recently, the band’s self-released sophomore EP, The Wars at Home — five atmospheric anthems that date Carbon Tigers well beyond their years both sonically and psychically. Catch the guys (and that shiny new gear) at Beat Kitchen this Friday.
Friday, December 13 @ Beat Kitchen :$10
– Matt Pollock
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