Obsessives, Household | Subterranean | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Obsessives, Household 17+ Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Wed., Feb. 3, 6:30 p.m. 2016

Think-piece writers often utilize a great list of scapegoats, and some of the targets currently near the top are millennials, that amorphous collective of youngsters who get thrown under the bus anytime someone makes an argument about dwindling attention spans or Tinder’s erosion of historical dating patterns. Thank goodness for the Obsessives, who on their 2014 debut, Heck No, Nancy (Near Mint), show that youngsters today have the capacity to see beyond their phones and get the bigger picture. The Philly-via-D.C. emo duo employ euphonious guitars that ache and droop, sturdy drums that stay the course like a speeding car splitting lanes between semis, and yearning vocals that hold on like a mountain climber ascending a cliff. They’re barely out of high school, but the Obsessives have thought about the world beyond the reaches of sleepy suburban D.C. On “Nodding Off” front man Nick Bairatchnyi sings “Nodding off to pictures of you that decorate my room / High school sucks when you’re stuck on someone who’s given up.” The performance evokes soul-slaying langour but is informed by the wisdom of someone who knows how to move forward.

Leor Galil

Price: $10

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