Monday, August 20, 2012

2012 Artist Feature: Sybris

It's Roast Week! Yes, the 2012 Rock and Roll Pig Roast is THIS SATURDAY the 25th, and what better way to start things off than with an artist feature with Chicago's own Sybris?

Sybris was one of the first local bands I started to follow in Chicago after coming back from college and playing with Bully in the Hallway. Their albums and 10 years of live shows were always a huge inspiration and equally as memorable to myself and many others. We're lucky to have them join the Rock and Roll Pig Roast, fresh out of recording their newest album, "Gold on Hold." Check out the interview with guitarist Phil below and the song "Quiet, My Stories Are On" a deep cut from their self released EP 'A Time For Hollerin' circa 2003!!

Based on what you've told me, the Rock and Roll Pig Roast might be your first gig fresh out of the studio from recording your new album. Can you share any details about the album? Songs? Title? Direction?

Yeah, the pig roast will be our first show out of the studio. You can't turn down getting paid in delicious pork cheek.  We're calling the record "Gold on Hold".  It is, in a nutshell, about the end of the world. A kind of chaotic haze that ends up leaving a fine film around the edge of your brain.  We've definitely stretched our song writing more than in the past

Your bio says it best - you've "been around," including US tours, opening for big acts, the works... which is part of what has made Sybris so special to see and listen to over the years. With the new record coming out, are you planning to hit the road again? Or are you just making music? Do you feel obliged, or inspired to do anything in particular?

We have some plans but they're top secret.  I can say I think we've stopped trying to 'do it' and really embraced doing it for us.  The only obligation we feel anymore is to ourselves.  If we're making Sybris happy then everyone on syb island will be happy too.

I saw on your Facebook page you recently asked your fans to comment on their favorite Sybris shows and memories. What did you think of the answers? Any laughs? Did you come up with any on your own?

What stuck me about that is the passion and volume of responses, it's really heart warming.  We've been around for almost 10 years now, so there's been allot of adventures, miss-steps and hilarity so it would be hard to pick just one.  It was a trip down memory lane in the nicest sense, especially before going to record.

Sybris - Quiet, My Stories Are On by RockPigRoastChi

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