Kickstand Productions Presents!


Tabah, Watching For Foxes, Over The Sun

Mon, August 14, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm



Tickets at the Door

This event is 17 and over

“TABAH is a new sound for Minneapolis to hear,” says Minnesota Public Radio’s 89.3 The Current. This spirited and dynamic group is committed to their pursuit of a sound that is uniquely theirs, alive in the present and grounded in the past.

The band found their roots when lead singer and guitarist, Cecelia Erholtz met bassist Charlie Bruber in 2013 at a benefit concert at St. John’s University in Minnesota. Fueled by a mutual interest in Crosby Stills, Nash & Young, they began writing original music together at their home studio in Minneapolis.

TABAH began to take form when drummer, Murphy Janssen joined the band and provided a tenacious rhythm to Cecelia’s haunting melodies. Shortly after, they were joined by Andrew Seitz on keys who added aptly placed cerebral tones between the heavy guitar and bass. Finally in the fall of 2014, the band was completed by Cecelia’s long time friend, Jeff Ley on guitar, who inspired a fluidity and spontaneity in the guitar harmonies.

Confident in the solidity of their newly established group, they dove into a torrent of creating, performing and recording their music. Their debut EP Time Will Come, released in June of 2015, reflected on their challenging and unique experiences of living in the increasingly tumultuous atmosphere of being a young adult. “Our method of creation is a process of destruction and perseverance,” says Jeff, which led to the creation of their name: TABAH meaning both destruction in Urdu and perseverance in Malay.

“TABAH’s sound is groovy, mystifying and soulful - a melting pot of sounds and feelings. The instrumentation accompanied by the earthy vocals of Cecelia Erholtz is first class,” says blogger Zachary Earley ('Honest Abe') from Mugatunes. It is difficult to place TABAH’s sound within one genre though they have been associated with experimental rock, jazz and psychedelia. They are largely influenced by Pink Floyd, David Bowie and My Morning Jacket among others. The band finds resonance in the growing idea led by musicians such as Kamasi Washington in creating music that is genreless, that exceeds bounds. “Music is more than the genres which people have boxed them into;" says Charlie, "it can live beyond classification.” At times languid, and others ethereal, TABAH’s music invites you on a multifaceted and winding journey through sound.

Moving forward, TABAH is working fervently to share their music with the world, and to be a resounding voice in the vast conversation of contemporary music. Tabah pushes to break musical barriers and communicate unity through music.

Jo ho gaya juda, ho jaunga tabah - “If I’ll get separated, then I’ll be destroyed.”

Their debut LP Symmetry Somewhere was recorded at Welcome To 1979 Studios in Nashville, TN during the summer of 2016. The album is set for release in January 2017.
Watching For Foxes
Watching For Foxes
Watching for Foxes is an apparition, an ode to tales of yore coming to vibrant yet elusive life here and now. Bending biography by infusing existential banter and folk motifs, the band is constantly pushing boundaries both sonically and lyrically in the pursuit of the portrayal of true feeling. Like a stack of old letters hiding deep in a drawer, tattered and rumpled from frantic use, the stories Watching for Foxes tells are equal parts cosmic myth and divine truth; memories you only unearth when you need to laugh, or cry, or on a rainy day lit up by a candle flame’s pyre, or on the day that your home is bleeding and on fire.

With the release of the band’s debut full length album, Undone Bird, Watching for Foxes brings new and exciting elements to their sound, one that is incapable of genre confinement. Lush with beautiful progressions, a dynamic roots rock feel, and resounding choruses, the album boasts the aesthetic of indie folk anthems coupled with the ethereal angst of modern rock. Drawing heavily from an intoxicating mix of poetry, personal experience and Beat literature, the songs of Undone Bird are diverse and distinguishable. At it's core stands a concept album delving into love and loss, transition and transcendence. Most importantly, the band never loses sight of the emotional platform great songs are built from.

“Undone Bird is really the rehashing of a tough stretch of time in my life, a time where I discovered a lot about myself and the people around me” said front man Joey Frendo. “Ultimately, the album is about the unity of our flawed human design, and about this continuous life cycle of death, transition and rebirth. Through all of this, though, even if we are all imperfect, we all have people who love us and care about us and we are able to keep living and doing what we love. Everyone has a place to call their own, to call home.”

Starting as a three-piece band in early 2014, Watching for Foxes consisted of friends that grew up together in Fremont, MI rehearsing in their vacant high school, in their old math classroom. With a move to Grand Rapids and the slow additional of extra guitars, strings, and keys, a cacophony of sound exploded, creating a unique and powerful sonic landscape in which their songs about heartbreak, rebellion, and discovery can thrive. Drawing from artists who seamlessly blend the genres like folk and alternative country with a hard-edged rock sensibility, including Band of Horses, Father John Misty, Noah Gundersen, Bon Iver, Bright Eyes, Ben Howard, and Manchester Orchestra, Watching for Foxes hopes their evolution and ambition, coupled with the incessant gigging that has allowed them to support throughout the Midwest the likes of Langhorne Slim, Larry and His Flask, Joseph, Saintseneca, and Roadkill Ghost Choir, will vault the band to new heights.

"We love playing music together,” said Frendo, “and we want this to be our entrance into doing music for a living; we work really hard at what we do. Our songs yearn to be heard, to tell our stories, and inspire others to do the same."
Venue Information:
2011 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60647