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A Sleeping Village 5 Year Anniversary Celebration:

Squirrel Flower

w/ Dearly Somber, Soft and Dumb

Ages 21 and up
Thursday, January 26
DOORS: 8pm | SHOW: 9pm
ADV $18 / DOS $20

Squirrel Flower’s heart-rending sophomore album Planet (i), following her 2020 debut I Was Born Swimming, is exactly that. A singular planet, a world entirely of artist Ella Williams’ making. The title came first to her as a joke: it’s her made-up name for the new planet people will inevitably settle and destroy after leaving Earth, as well as the universe imagined within her music. “Planet (i) is my body and mind,” Williams says, “and it’s the physical and emotional world of our planet. It’s both.” Buoyed by her steadfast vision and propelled by her burning comet of a voice, the record is a love letter to disaster in every form imaginable. Tornadoes, flooding, gaslighting assholes, cars on fire—these songs fully embrace a planet in ruin. As Williams rides from melancholy to jubilance to complete emotional devastation over the course of twelve songs, she carves out a future for herself and those she loves. Planet (i), out June 25, 2021 on Polyvinyl and Full Time Hobby, is at once a refuge, an act of self-healing, and a musical reflection of Squirrel Flower’s inner and outer worlds.

Dearly Somber is a fairycore band from Chicago consisting of Sebastian Sabatin on vocals/guitar, Nick Gonzalez on bass, Noah Leechuy on drums, and Matt Weyandt on Guitar/Keys.

Splaying dissonant chords against pop melodies in odd time signatures, Soft and Dumb explore gendered expectations, disembodiment, tenderness, and hardness. The art rock duo met at college in Urbana, Illinois, where they gathered a dedicated following in the eclectic diy house show scene. 

Taking inspiration from Mitski, Soccer Mommy, Protomartyr, and Palm, guitarist Elena Buenrostro and drummer Travis Newgren fuse singer-songwriter heartfeltness with jarring punk angularity. Ferociously diy-minded and freshly returned to their hometown Chicago, Soft and Dumb do all of their own recording, mixing, booking, video making, and bio writing. The duo released their debut, self-titled album in September followed by a first-ever tour through the Midwest.

21+