When: Mon., Dec. 14, 9 p.m. 2015
Local four-piece Mama have been kicking around since 2011, initially busting through with a handful of self-released tapes of over-the-top, shredding cock rock. But during the last couple of years the band have cooled their jets on rock ’n’ roll crammed with guitar solos and developed a brilliant, tough-guy power-pop sound. On March’s Night Shoot double seven-inch and the brand-new Speed Trap EP—which was recorded a year ago but is just now getting proper vinyl treatment by HoZac—Mama combine skuzzy licks, glitzy guitar melodies, and arena-ready choruses to walk the line between the street-tough glam of the Sweet and the small-town bravado of Cheap Trick. Together these songs provide a soundtrack for a careless, reckless youth, and go well with leather jackets, hot rods, and quarts of cheap beer—bands in Chicago haven’t captured this type of spirit for years. Onstage Mama loosen up a whole lot as their liquor-fueled guitar onslaught pushes them into louder, meaner Thin Lizzy territory. This show is a release party for Speed Trap.