Barely into their mid-20s, local suburbanites The Redwalls have already released three albums, something that a lot of bands don't even do in their entire career. Comprised of brothers Logan and Justin Baren and two other members, the guys started the band before they were even out of high school. In 2003, they released their debut, Universal Blues, a melange of Beatles classic rock, blues and alt-country. After releasing the successful De Nova in 2005, they were dropped from Capitol Records. The Redwalls returned last year with their critically acclaimed self-titled record. The guys have been dormant lately but came out for the release party for their latest music video "Game of Love" featuring the Windy City Rollers.
Download: The Redwalls - "Summer Romance"
Before the video screening, the band mingled with friends and guests over $2 PBRs and other spirits. They were approachable to the point someone even handed them their demo and they gladly accepted it saying, "We promise to listen to it." Several of the Windy City Rollers were present to celebrate their music video debut. After the video screened, the band took to the stage for a performance. They played "Modern Diet" from the new record and great covers of the Velvets "White Light/White Heat" and a bass heavy rendition of "Bizarre Love Triangle" that got the crowd dancing (afterall, Redwalls started out as a cover band). The guys have a definite stage presence as they jauntily chewed gum, railed on their instruments and catered to the crowd. The Redwalls could easily be Chicago's version of the Strokes, which is a good thing. If you missed them, don't worry--they'll be back for Belmont Arts fest in July and West Town fest in August.