Chicago Singles Club

April 2015

Soddy Daisy

Better Run, the A-side of Soddy Daisy’s CSC single, opens with an unaccompanied guitar riff. It’s catchy and deceptively simple: comprised of a two-note, one-and-a-half beat motif that is repeated down the major scale. The whole band joins and recontextualizes the riff, then the vocal melody presents a closely-related variation. The track continues this way, taking a straightforward idea and continually developing it in ways that are novel, but readily apparent to the listener. It’s an incredibly effective approach and it’s what Soddy Daisy does best: write songs that are simple yet nuanced, dynamic, and perfectly crafted.

The quartet’s sound is indebted to 90s indie rock staples like The Pixies and Dinosaur Jr, who, in turn, were reclaiming sounds from older genres like surf, rockabilly, and 60s-70s classic rock. Their songs build to intense highs, whether it’s Maureen Neer belting out the last chorus of Better Run, or the guitar breakdown at the end of the Sabbath-esque When The High Subsides. Chris Lee’s drumming is compelling and full of variation unique choices, such as the snareless motorhythm of the A-side. Joey Eichler holds it down on bass and provides gritty, highly stylized vocals. Christian Swafford’s guitar lays a heavy foundation that compliments and supports Neer’s surfy and occasionally dissonant leads.

Members of Soddy Daisy are also huge supporters of the local music and art scene, helping book and run the relatively new and already much-beloved relocated DIY venue / collective Young Camelot.

Soddy Daisy is

Maureen Neer
Vocals / Guitar
Joey Eichler
Vocals / Bass
Christian Swafford
Guitar
Chris Lee
Drums

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