Dubbed "rock n’ roll classicists" and "an eclectic synthesis of psychedelic grunge and classic rock" by Chicago press, Model Stranger's sound has pleased rock and roll purists, indie rock fans, and casual listeners all the same.
The band has built its reputation primarily on its high energy live performances and the variety of its sonic influences of which fans have described as ranging from Tom Petty, David Bowie and The Beatles to Pearl Jam, Radiohead and Muse.
Their music has been /is spun on two of Chicago's finest rock/alternative radio stations: WXRT and Q101. Most recently Model Stranger performed at notable Chicago Festivals the Taste of Chicago (2009,2010) and The Taste of Lincoln.
While gaining a dedicated following in Chicago, Model Stranger have remained arduous to the road over the years play over 80 dates outside of Chicago as far west as Colorado, east as Maryland and south as Arkansas. Embarking on several self-booked and self-funded semi-national tours in support of past releases, the trio has begun to make a name for itself in the Midwest.
During the recording of their brand new release "Dreams & Bones", Model Stranger also had the privilege of playing live shows with popular national acts such as Our Lady Peace and Local H.
Taking a live performance driven approach into the studio to record "Dreams & Bones" like so many of the great classic rock bands of the 1970s, the band - made of singer/guitarist Stephen Francis, bassist Kevin James, and drummer Vincent Joseph - captures an energy and excitement in their music vacant in most indie rock releases today. While the record exhibits an intoxicating raw and authentic quality in part thanks to an analog recording process, the band utilizes their production skills and chops to deliver a record with a twist of modern finesse.
While the phrase "making a record" is usually used in a figurative manner these days in a digital world, Model Stranger is taking it literally. Following through on a record that began with an organic recording process, the band is planning a special release with select material to be released on vinyl as well as their full length CD.
Beyond their recording prowess and sonic diversity, Model Stranger has really begun to build a reputation based on their energetic and magnetic live performances. Jay Madey of popular Chicago blog "The Steam Engine" had this to say about the band's live show:
"Model Stranger have really had my attention lately. Live, they really kick it up a notch (multiple notches are kicked actually) and the songs get Mark McGwire'd with this power that's quite remarkable."
"[Model Stranger] has technical prowess and front man Stephen Francis appears to be progressing into a unique and passionate song writer that is inspired by more than just love and heartbreak. It's refreshing and exciting and I cannot wait to see what they do next."
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