She Past Away with Twin Tribes and Wingtips - DJ's The Pirate Twins - Thalia Hall - Chicago - 12/1/21
Writing and Photography by Bobby Talamine
Talk about a dark dance party- even on a late Wednesday night in Chicago, at the gorgeous and intimate Thalia Hall in Chicago.
The music? Provided by the headliners She Past Away, with support from Twin Tribes and Chicago's Wingtips.
And if that wasn't enough, before and in between bands and also after- DJ's Willam Faith and Sarah Rose (The Pirate Twins), with a splendid playlist from them as well.
And the faithful came out in droves, with what looked like a pretty crowded Thalia Hall, from the main floor to the balcony, everyone enthusiastically responding to all three bands throughout the night, making this event even more special, considering that Volkan Caner and Doruk Ozturkcan come all the way from Turkey- and considering the times that we're in, pandemic related and all, that getting visas to tour the USA ain't easy.
So that's what makes this a special night, with no hiccups, considering the last time She Past Away came through town, it was anything but easy- the poor band having to drive non stop from the east coast to make it in time for their show at the Chop Shop in Wicker Park.
As far as this night is concerned, the revelry between audience and band was high strung and enthusiastic throughout from my vantage point, with most of the audience within earshot reciting all lyrics to every song.
And the same can be said for Twin Tribes and the Wingtips sets as well. making this a memorable evening of some of the finest and polished Dark Wave and Post Punk music currently on the scene today.
And it goes without saying how cool this is between all three bands, considering that they're all duos.
All three bands visually had beautiful background lighting, with striking vertical white strobes from the ceiling down, twisting and turning to the melodic and hypnotic voice of Volkan from She Past Away, and Luis Navarro of Twin Tribes, and the same can be said for Vincent of Wingtips as well.
She Past Away- some 15 songs in total, all sung in there native Turkish- and that didn't matter. The Chicago faithful in attendance ate it up, from the opener "Durdu Dunya", into Katarsis", all the way to the end with "Insanlar".
Volkan and Doruk bring sophistication to their hypnotic performance, with eerie background visuals to make things even more exotically sinister.
Such a splendid set by them.
As far as Luis Navarro and Joel Nino, Jr of Twin Tribes- the same can be said for there set as well- all dark and mysterious, with dancing in place throughout from the faithful on the main floor of Thalia Hall.
And again from my vantage points- everyone within earshot knows the lyrics to every song, and were singing along enthusiastically in shadowy bliss.
All the way up to their heavy duty set closer- the song "Fantasmas", which in my opinion, is a captivating tune from beginning to end, with a swinging dark and sinister beat throughout, with added punch from Luis and his heavy and dark baritone. All songs- memorably crafted and throughout- no filler- just killer beats, and to the point. Twin Tribes is the kind of duo that get down to business, with memorable songs and lyrics to boot.
And as for Hannah Avalon and Vincent Segretario of Wingtips: These guys just keep on getting better and better and better, from their confidence and presentation while performing, down to their crafty songwriting, with the Chicago faithful spurring them on with chants and dancing from beginning to end.
And it should be said how cool it was to see the main floor packed for Wingtips set as well, and that the Chicago faithful arrived nice and early for their opening performance.
So all n' all, a wonderful and captivating evening of Dark Wave bliss, holding court in the perfect venue for accompaniment- Thalia Hall.
Bobby Talamine - JBTV Music Television Chicago