Sometimes, when you go to a show for the headlining band, and you're early, you want to (discreetly) roll your eyes at the opener's charming, but clumsy enthusiasm.
But other times, you walk in halfway through a local opener's set, and suddenly the room seems different. Maybe it's the lighting, but it's probably the sound. The band is on fire. Your brain is chanting an involuntary but relentless mantra, and it won't quit until you hear more, more, more.
Bailiff--an emerging indie Chicago band--is counting on just that.
The band released their first album, Red Balloon, in 2011. They have been touring and amping up their fan base ever since. Red Balloon showcases their talent very clearly, but this ten-track groove-packed rock fest is not their last song.
Bailiff has their next album banged out, and they're ready to get in the studio come April. But here's where the fans come in.
As Bailiff is operating independently of a record label, they are asking for pledges that will fund the making of their next album. They are not the first band to do this, but they sure have gotten creative with the idea. $10 will land you the digital album before it's available anywhere else, and $10,000 will get the band's van named after you. Check out their Kickstarter page for a lot more options, like autographed merch and private shows.
The page shows a short documentary-style video of the band working on that second album, along with interviews with the band's three members: Josh Siegel on guitar/lead vocals, Ren Mathew on drums, and newest member, Owen O'Malley, on bass/vocals. The trio individually discuss their excitement for the upcoming album, and what they hope to accomplish this time around.
If that's not enough, and you want to see some live music madness, their first headliner show is coming up Mar 2, at The Hideout.