February 12, 2014
January 27, 2014
With Chicago sucking at an all time high on the Chart of Truly Horrible Living Conditions, the inaugural Deep Freeze Festival couldn’t be landing at a more appropriate time. Next weekend, a two day festival from the guys at Epitonic bangs around the cold corridors of Wicker Park’s six-corner intersection at the Double Door, Subterranean, and Public Works. Catch us with Bloodiest, Czar and Pink Avalanche on the Double Door bill Saturday night, Feb 1st. Tickets here.
December 8, 2013
Normally our official Beak photographer supplies the images featured on this site, but here we have some from the KEN Mode show at the bottle by local Chicago metal show veteran John Mourlas, who covers nearly every show of note in the Windy City. The full set is here.
November 25, 2013
Beak is back for a Chicago show before the end of the year. This Sunday, December 1st, with the mighty KEN Mode, promises to be an awesome end to November. Be on the look out for new tracks from our upcoming record. As always, art by our drummer Chris Eichenseer.
June 23, 2013
We’re playing with our good friends Arbogast, Scientist, and Columbus, OH’s Behind the Eyewall this Friday night at the Empty Bottle, Chicago (Free with rsvp here). It’s a record release for Scientist and it’s sure to be a serious night of the kind you’re aren’t supposed to be involved in, the only thing moderately freakish and non-digital about your buttoned up life, in the current year of our great country, and of this heaven on earth and so on. We are kicking mostly-understood-by-all-members new songs from the upcoming record, but not all mind you, because we’ve been mixing them for the past 6 months, but we sure haven’t been playing them.
March 26, 2013
This Friday, March 29th, we open for Jucifer, the loudest two-piece I’ve ever seen, at Reggies Chicago. They celebrate their 20th year. We celebrate nothing. Except the will to go on. And a set with more new songs from our upcoming record. With Scientist and Of Wolves. Facebook event. Come by and pick up some vinyl and get freaked out that you’re still here and stuff.
February 19, 2013
Timeout Chicago has declared the rock concert we are headlining at the Beat Kitchen is the pick of critics. Come down Saturday night and see what this picking is all about. Beak, The Swan King, Mares Of Thrace and Sun Splitter. It’s going to be “punishing”, they say. Indeed it will. Read it here and be swept away into our arms and a sea of hype.
February 14, 2013
There is a serious show coming here and we are stoked to be on this bill. Jason put this one together with some of our favorite bands and people – The Swan King, Mares of Thrace and Sun Splitter. This takes place in Chicago. This takes place at the Beat Kitchen, a small room with a legitimate sound system. If you’re not a fan of these bands, start now. In my mind there are no better bands in Chicago. We’re going to have some songs from our upcoming record on hand to try out. Come look at Scott, an old friend and drummer for Mares, who is about 10% less grumpy now that he has found the love of his life standing a mere three feet away from him, the lady singing vocals in that band. See if he’s changed. And imagine being in that band, where it’s just the two of you, keeping that fight from yesterday morning going. Saturday February 23rd 2013. 9pm. Buy tickets.
January 23, 2013
With great foresight, a pen, and a calendar we devised an adventurous plan: book time at a studio, record our next record, and f*cking release it. Sounds simple, but it is far from it for this band. Step one is direct and easily understood – 2 sessions at Electrical Audio, the finest in the land, with our infamous “Eyrie” engineer Neil Strauch on the boards.
The first session, completed in December, went down without a hitch beyond spurting thumb blood, endless belittling, one frustrated I-can’t-f*cking-play-this-song moment, and a few you-can’t-play-this-f*cking-song moments. None of us knew that the esteemed Steve Albini was so into poker and cats and Jason was so into something called “pee parties”. It felt good to be in the same room as Neil again. As first timers at Electrical, we were in awe of the cavernous drum room: a nearly three-story tall behemoth with a Dr. No style descending staircase around the perimeter. The room is responsible for the larger-than-life sounds on many Electrical records. Man, it’s cool as shit.
4 songs were tracked and successfully recorded with one noted by Jason as “needing his parts to be punched in starting with measure 1.” The new songs feel meaner, more precise and concise. On “Eyrie” we were working through the end of a two year period of honing in on the way we approached songwriting. Coming from the Timeout Drawer, where everything was possible, it took us some time. In fact, we recorded 10 songs for “Eyrie” and tossed away the 5 that weren’t right. This time that work feels done and we can get on with gettin it on.
January 21, 2013
Making records around the busy schedules of four men in a famous rock band is a trick to say the least. With all of the performances, appearances, music videos, and interviews; fulfilling mail order from the back corner of the practice space, with our own private stash of boxes and stamps, writing each and every “to” and “from” address by hand; it’s a miracle of sorts that there is time for the basics of songwriting, that thing you signed up originally to do. When all of the houses are bought, and vintage car collections amassed, divorces signed and mailorder postage printed and paid for, what’s really needed from this band of bickering man-childs is another record.
With a fresh batch of songs under our arms, from countless nights in lockdown under ground, in a new practice space buried deep in the bowels of Chicago, in a structure originally built for housing gunpowder, with walls thick enough to sustain an accidental blast, we’ve booked time in December and January to lay the foundation for the new recording, at none other than Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio, in Chicago, over there on Belmont and California, where all your favorite records have been made, right across the street from Devry, a large police station, and the sight of the former Riverview amusement park. With “Eryie” engineer Neil Strauch on hand, the new record is underway, god dammit.
January 17, 2013
The album art for “Eyrie” was crafted from photographs shot by our drummer, Chris, in the Sierra Madre mountain range, in Monterrey Mexico, a mountain range that’s truly impressive: 610 miles long, and home to the Zone-tailed Hawk, a bird of prey that swarm the tops of the mountains there. It’s an incredible place, breathtaking during the often cloudy, dense mornings. He was visiting there as a guest teacher, teaching a class on designing record covers, of all things, with a clear view of the mountain range from the classroom. The sight of the lingering, moody fog across the mountain tops eventually got the best of him.
Having no idea how to get anywhere, nor having any means to do so, he asked his students to meet him at 5am the next morning, when the light would be the best and the fog was sure to be thick. 3 of 20 showed up, escorting him into the mountain range, and one of them, Sarai de la Cruz, captured the above photo of him shooting the now infamous cover.
The hawks were circling a tall rock outcropping that closely resembled a beak made of stone, a peak if you will, nearly the very definition of “Eyrie” as a “high inaccesible place or a nest of a bird of prey”. An almost perfect and serendipitous converging of elements. All it needed was a gargantuan pyramid of interlocking triangles hovering atop the whole scene, but you can’t ask for everything.
January 15, 2013
All of our limited edition LP’s come with a free 8 page zine that folds out into a giant 24″x36″ Beak poster. Designed by Someoddpilot. Grab one from us at our shows or pick one up with a vinyl purchase here.
January 10, 2013
Thanks to the support of our people via Kickstarter, we manufactured gorgeous vinyl 12″ editions of “Eyrie” complete with 4 color artwork on a beautiful sleeve designed by Someoddpilot, and an inner B/W sleeve with liner notes and lyrics. As an added super-bonus the record comes with a Beak “Zine”: an 8 page short form magazine dedicated to us, naturally, that folds out into a gigantic Beak poster. This shit is hot, ships directly from us, and we still have some left. Super limited edition. Buy it here.
October 18, 2012
September 18, 2012
Watch the new Beak video, our third from “Eyrie”, premiered by Metalholic magazine. This is anxious mastery – with levels of analog distortion that are truly hallucinogenic combined with digital film experiments from post-editing effects artists. Christopher Rejano directed this piece, with editing by Glorily Velez, visual effects by Dan Zabinski, and playback by Eric Anthony. Huge thank you to all of them for their beautiful work.