Ne-Hi, w/ Younger, Bull Black Nova
The Mill — Friday, Jan. 30, at 9 p.m.
Chicago band Ne-Hi heads to The Mill this Friday, coming here after a career-changing year for the group. In 2014 they went from playing sweaty basement shows, to packing sizeable Chi-town venues, to successfully touring the country and being described by the Chicago Tribune as Chicago’s new favorite band.
Much of their reputation has been built on the raw energy of their live performance. That said, their self-titled debut album was met with resounding critical praise when it was released last spring. It is a brisk nine-song record, packed with smart, polished, guitar-driven indie rock. Their music is chock-full of surf rock elements yet still feels born of the Midwest. It is the kind of music you might throw on during a late January afternoon while daydreaming of the summer.
Joining Ne-Hi on Friday will be Iowa City band, Younger. The trio consists of Amanda Crosby, Rachel Sauter (both formerly of Emperors Club) and Sarah Mannix (Wandering Bears/a million other projects). They’ve spent the past year amassing material and supporting national acts like Speedy Ortiz, Perfect Pussy, Black Lips and The King Kahn and BBQ Show. Younger is currently in the process of laying down said material for a record that may see the light of day sometime this spring.