Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes

Harmonica Dunn Presents:

Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes

Nice Motor

Sat, December 2, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes
Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes
Daniel Ellsworth + The Great Lakes is the sound life makes when it becomes ecstasy. It is the noise childhood makes when it surrenders to itself and becomes an ecstatic life. It is somehow simultaneously sweetness, energy, softness, and seduction. A strange alchemy that comes about in a town like Nashville — where they formed in 2010. It’s a place of internal Peter Pans. But there are a rare few who can be born from Nashville’s island of youth, insanity, and silliness only to survive and age into a continent of thirty-something honesty and humanity. DE+TGL is one of those rare few. Wise Lost Boys with a conscience, but still a thirsty, boyish spark. That is Daniel Ellsworth (lead vox, keys), Joel Wren (drums), Timon Lance (guitar), and Marshall Skinner (bass). A silky, organic monster made from the remnants of pop swagger, sunglasses, self-aware grown-up realism, road trips, anxiety, and just plain, pounding fun.

Their first full-length album, 2011’s Civilized Man, was recorded and co-produced with Mark Nevers (Andrew Bird, Yo La Tengo, Silver Jews). Here they showed the beginnings of that stylized magic, combining intricate rhythms and challenging melodies yet never straying from pop pleasantness. And it also here that they established that unique insistence on working and recording together as a group – a cohesion and independence that always comes across in their recordings and their boisterous performances. Civilized Man went on to be listed in the top 100 albums of 2011 by Amazon. The single "Shoe Fits" debuted at number seven on Amazon’s top 100 songs of 2011. DE+TGL was named one of the 15 Bands to Watch by Esquire Magazine in 2014. In March of that year their sophomore album, Kid Tiger, was recorded at Sputnik Sound by Vance Powell (Jack White, The White Stripes, The Raconteurs). Bemidji, a companion EP also recorded by Vance Powell, was released in March 2016, followed up by appearances at SXSW and ACL Fest.

And now, the future. Their new album, Fashion, is due out fall 2018. It is to be released in three parts – Chapter One in winter 2018, Chapter Two in spring 2018, and the full album to follow — reflecting the process by which is was crafted. It was recorded over the course of a year at Elephant Lady Studios in Nashville, Tennessee – engineered, co-produced, and mixed by indie-pop-mastermind-and-wizard-like Kyle Andrews. DE+TGL was already no stranger to building big sounds with only four human players, but this album takes that tendency even further. The scope, the sweep, and the height of the sonic space they could reach being stretched more and more – as if it were a scientific experiment in how captivating, euphoric, and pounding pop can be. The lyrics themselves are grand, as well. Here we see themes of: a) growing older in a place and time that makes it easy not to, b) the impact, power, strength, beauty, and wisdom of the women in their lives, c) the apparently-breaking world, d) the apparently-thriving world, e) the inevitability of doubt, f) the inevitability of discovery, and g) the inevitability of death. All-in-all, life plus pop equals DE+TGL. 

(words by DJ Murphy)
Nice Motor
Nice Motor
Nice Motor is a Rock n' Soul band from Chicago, forming in late 2014. With Brian Webb on Vocals and Guitar, Seth Webb on Drums, Dave Swick on Guitar, and Neil Krajenta on bass, the band began recording music during the summer of 2015. Their first releases, "All the Neighbors" and "Turn to Stone" were made available for free on Soundcloud in the fall of that same year.
Nice Motor formed after the break-up of Chicago veteran band "Jonny Rumble", freeing up Brian and Seth for new adventures, and Dave's departure from another Chicago band, "Super Happy Fun Club". Neil was waiting in the wings, bought a bass, and off they went. Beginning with acoustic writing sessions on a balcony, and impromptu electric noise-making, the band quickly began to write tunes as a well-orchestrated unit. After pocketing a hand or two full of songs, the band began recording in May with their good friend Chris Mason manning the controls of a make-shift home-studio. The month of May also saw Nice Motor play their first show, selling out Alive One in Chicago, to benefit Team High-Life and bring awareness to suicide prevention. They quickly followed up by selling out a show at Tonic Room in June.
Nice Motor has plenty more to come, with more music on the way, and more shows in the works. Visit Soundcloud to hear, download, and share with your friends!
Venue Information:
Tonic Room
2447 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL, 60614