Liam Hayes and Plush bring “Slurrup” to Schuba’s

In support of the new album “Slurrup” Liam Hayes and Plush will be performing a record release show Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Schuba’s. Marty Lennartz featured “Fokus” on The Big Beat as the song of the week.  Watch the video here:

If I haven’t lost your attention to Facebook I will tell you how I first fell into the stars over the music made by Liam Hayes and Plush.

In 1998 I went to visit a friend who lived on the third floor of a building in Chicago. As I made the usual climb to the top of the spiral staircase I could hear music coming from the apartment. It sounded as if the musician was inside the apartment. I was hearing  “More You Becomes You” for the first time.  This album was recorded as if Liam is so close and clear that he may just ask you for a cup of tea.  I feel I should mention that two impressive names sit within the liner notes of this record: Steve Albini and Robert Weston.

A few years ago I read in the paper that Liam was opening the show for The Clientele and Field Music at Lincoln Hall. I contacted Liam asking if I could design the promotional poster for the show. The posters turned out well and the show: file under fantastic.

I wanted to see more performances so I booked a residency at the Hideout spanning four consecutive Sundays in one month. These shows were brilliant. Morris Jennings on Drums (Curtis Mayfield), Bernard Reed on Bass (Syl Johnson, Jackie Wilson), Steve Gerlach on guitar (Tommy Keane, Sons of The Silent Age), Jimmy Rowland on keyboards (Bobby Bare Jr.). With two of the performances included a full horn section led by Willie Woods playing arrangements by Tom Tom MMLXXXIV (Earth, Wind & Fire, Jacksons). The shows were well attended.

Over the years I caught as many of his performances as possible. He performed solo opening for Laura Marling at The Chicago Antheneum in 2014. Other venue performances include Schubas, Lincoln Hall with Rodriguez, The Park West with Christopher Owens… and now back from a tour overseas Liam Hayes and Plush perform a show for Chicago Saturday night 1/31/15 at Schubas.

With a handful of records already on the shelves, Liam has been ridiculously busy for the past couple years. He completed a soundtrack for a film “Inside the Mind Of Charles Swan III”, directed by Roman Coppola, starring Bill Murray and Charlie Sheen. Following that was the Japanese only release of “KorpSOle Roller” = a beautiful record recorded and produced by Pat Sansone. His latest recording “Slurrup” was engineered and mixed by Nathan Cook. Slurrup was recorded the good old fashioned way. The CD comes with booklet with drawings and art direction from the artist himself.  I feel this record was recorded with his most fitting and current band John San Juan on bass, guitar, background vox and wurlitzer, and Eric Colin Reidelberger on drums, percussion. Liner notes also mention he is a Scorpio.

Currently signed to Fat Possum records, Liam is in good hands. See you at Schubas 1/31/15.

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