Last Friday, October 25th, I pushed my way through the Chicago streets filled with costumed goons to get into Double Door (1551 N. Damen Ave), only to be surrounded by a livelier horde of costumed goons. Stepping through the doorway, I was rocking cargo pants and a long sleeve knit covered in a grey coat. “Normally” dressed, I was the most out of place dude there. The dance floor was packed, with witches, ghosts, ghouls, slutty nurses, and middle aged blood suckers, all getting down to the sound of a band called The Choir.
The Choir is actually a rockin’ coed quartet made up of two ladies ( Josefina Asconapé doing lead vocals/keys and Dina Simone filling in on bass) and two gents (Trevor Prichard on vocals and guitar, and Paul Grill on drums). Josefina and Trevor are totally into the duet thing, combining their alto and tenor voices on most of the tunes. These two singers decided to go modal on the melodies, giving their song a quality of distinction on the Chicago circuit. The sound of The Choir covers the 1970’s through the 90’s, having a nostalgic sound with folk roots. Trevor impressed many with his whistling skills, whipping them out on the tail of several tunes.
You should listen to The Choir’s new single “To Act Right”, it’s streaming down at the links below. Also, you’ll be able to check out some other non counterpuntal melodies.