MMATRS, Honey & the 45s, Hiber
My name is Herf Yamaya, and I am Mother Mary and the Ritual Sadness. As an iteration of the self, MMATRS /ˈmæ-tərs/ is the sensory internalized and made tangible again through performance, music, and word. Influences range from Catholicism to Buddhism, and include messengers like Emerson, Gandhi, Vonnegut, Cobain and Robert Kennedy. Life is accentuated by terrifying love and awesome pain, but ratified by the determination to rise in spite of them. Some say the world is a reflection of our thoughts. If so, then MMATRS is an experiment in which that reflection is digested and fed back into itself.
Chicago's own Hiber is a brand new pop-rock band, nodding to influences in electronic music, indie rock and R&B. The group's name plays off the inevitable hibernation of Windy City-dwellers every winter. This year, Hiber opted instead for a studio den filled with frenetic creativity, emerging with a project that is the vision of frontman and primary songwriter Danny Surico (Chicago's The Future Laureates - US top 10 alternative rock specialty radio). Performing live as Hiber, Surico is backed by an extremely strong supporting cast, including bassist Theodore Berry IV of Krystal Metcalfe and post-punk soul outfit, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound (Bloodshot Records); drummer Dan Lieber of Latin/Afrobeat collective, ESSO and formerly of Lovers in Arms; along with guitarist Evan Pinter of indie rock band, Glam Camp. Producer Yoo Soo Kim propels Hiber's movement from the studio to their first EP release tour this spring!