Daemon Familiar

Daemon Familiar

Chicago , 60614

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About Daemon Familiar: Daemon Familiar is a power-pop trio from Chicago dedicated to reviving the lost art of the catchy pop/rock song. A tight meld of their musical roots Cheap Trick, Hüsker Dü, and Sloan creates their raw riff-driven compositions. Infectious hooks, vocal harmonies, and crunchy guitar melodies are their stock in trade. Not since Cheap Trick has a band from Illinois set out to deliver songs so unforgettable they'll be tattooed on your cerebral cortex.

Formed in 2006, Daemon Familiar has built a following both locally and online, playing shows throughout Chicago at venues such as Double Door, Abbey Pub, Beat Kitchen, Elbo Room, Reggie's Live, The Empty Bottle, and Underground Lounge, as well as other locations in the Midwest. They were also recently one of four national finalists in the George Killian's Irish Red Ruckus Contest featuring Dropkick Murphys.

The band is currently promoting its latest album, Brontosaurus Rex, which expands their repertoire of catchy power-pop and rock. Their debut album, Dawn of the Albatross, was released in 2009 and received strong reviews, with The Big Takeover declaring that "the band keep melodious, hook-filled gems... coming non-stop", and the Illinois Entertainer proclaiming, "...there’s no denying the crunchy sweetness of Daemon Familiar’s Dawn Of The Albatross." Daemon Familiar has also appeared on two compilation CDs, including Fabsound Records Fights Autism.

Frontman and guitarist/vocalist Pablo Mena has much experience in the power-pop genre as the bass player for Unibrow. He formed Daemon Familiar with a desire to step into the spotlight as both performer and songwriter, and has been churning out a wide range of power-pop inspired riffage ever since. Pablo's influences include Cheap Trick, The Police, Sloan, and Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four.

Drummer/vocalist Wendi Freeman comes to Daemon Familiar from a number of years in the Philadelphia punk scene. She slaved as a recording engineer for Chicago Trax, where she escaped her brush with R. Kelly without getting peed on. And, no, her drum kit's not set up wrong, she's just left-handed. Wendi's power-pop ambition is to become the 4th ex-Mrs. Matthew Sweet.

Bassist/vocalist Brent Willems popped his cherry with the alt-country outfit The Pralines, worships at the altar of the Stax/Volt sound, and, yes, is undressing you with his eyes.