Week 2 at the Viaduct

Posted: September 23, 2010 in Uncategorized

For our second show at the Viaduct we teamed up with Stealth Like a Canoe.  This was the third time we joined forces to create awesome and combat boredom and it was glorious.  If you missed the show, fear not, you will soon be able to find their sweet saccharine tunes on the iTunes.  And, since they’re local, I’m sure you’ll be able to hear them around town.  We highly recommend it.

Also, I’m pretty sure someone at the show was taking video evidence of our existence and hopefully it will find its way to the internets soon.  If not, we’ll draw you a picture (or several) to show the giganticosity that was our show.

Here’s the set list:

  1. Patty Style all the Way
  2. Alien Underpants
  3. My First Slow Dance
  4. When I Met you in the Gas Station Bathroom
  5. W.I.J.T.O
  6. Some R Nuggin’
  7. More Than Words
  8. Kidney Stone Blues
  9. ______________
  10. Bra Strap Malfunction
  11. Stop Cheating on me, I Want you Back

Opening Night at the Viaduct

Posted: September 15, 2010 in Uncategorized

Boom, y’all.  We are officially open for business at the Viaduct Theater.  Our first show went well.  We had a great crowd and On Tap opened up with some stellar tap dancing.  They have got some seriously talented feet.

Here’s our set list from the evening:

  1. Brownie Cake
  2. Don’t Pick That
  3. Please Please Don’t
  4. Let’s Split
  5. General Hospice
  6. You are my favorite gummy Bear
  7. Unicorns vs. Puppies
  8. Circumcision Saturdaze
  9. Obatamy
  10. Hoot a Nanny
  11. Ralph the Vitner
  12. Sup’ B’rall
  13. Polka Your Pants Off

Not only are we planning on impregnating your ears with our rock babies but we’ve invited our friends to join in on the fun.  Allow me to explain.  Reset List will have a different opening act for each of our five shows in September at the Viaduct Theater.  While most bands just have other bands opening up for them we decided to be more inclusive and have invited a wide range of talents to join us in blowing your children’s children’s children’s minds. 

Here’s a quick look at the opening acts for our upcoming run

9/2 – On Tap
This group will tap your face off.  They perform a mix of choreographed and improvised tap dance numbers and we were blown away when they opened up for us last year at the Viaduct.  Here’s some video evidence of Matt trying to keep up with them.

9/9 – Stealth Like a Canoe
From their website “Stealth Like A Canoe is an alluring Chicago pop-rock band with lovely guy/girl harmonies and a magnetic intensity that can be both haunting and sweet. At its core, Stealth Like A Canoe is Nicolette and Adam, a couple for seven years, who combine driving guitar, old school organ and just a dollop of accordion to form a beautiful storm of charm and sway.”  This will be our third opportunity to play with Stealth and we think they’re sweller than swell.

9/16 – Kenny Metroff
Kenny Metroff’s brand of comedy can be described as “an eclectic post-modern hodge podge of both story-based observational hilarity and fantastical guffaws”. In essence, he shares that which tickles him in order to brighten your day. Kenny has been performing stand up professionally throughout the Midwest since 2005. He currently produces “Stand Up @ The BE” on Saturdays at 10pm Studio BE theatre in Lakeview. (www.stuio-be.org)
He can also be seen performing improv and sketch comedy at the same theatre with pH Productions (www.whatisph.com). For good measure he will list a final promotional site, www.youtube.com/kennymetroffcomedy – go there and subscribe!

9/23 – Becky Poole
1 woman. 1 saw.  Infinite possibilities.  Watch her demo.

9/30 – The Blue Ribbon Glee Club
The Blue Ribbon Glee Club is Chicago’s one and only punk/alternative rock glee club who are accompanied by a tambourine and a can of whoop-ass.  Monica Kendrick from the Chicago Reader has this to say about them. “The performances are enthusiastically, charmingly amateur, and the overall effect is akin to having a troop of carolers show up at your door singing songs you actually like.”

*Please note:  The only known contraceptive against rock babies is a good pair of earplugs.  We’ve tried condoms but they look funny.  Funny weird.

SHOWS SHOWS SHOWS!!!

Posted: August 19, 2010 in Uncategorized

Hear ye hear ye.  Every Thursday in September Reset List is returning to the Viaduct Theater to make sweet, sweaty rock & roll for the masses.  We’ve got new members, new licks, new outfits and a new show every night.  Bring a change of underwear because we’re singing all the songs you never knew you loved, and we’re only playing the songs that you request.  We won’t divulge which bodily fluid will cause you to change your underwear, but you’ve got at least 5 to choose from.

The show starts at 10 p.m. with a different opener every night (TBA).  Tickets are $10 and can be bought through the Viaduct Theater box office at 773.296.6024, online at www.viaducttheater.com or at the door the night of the show.

That’s 5 shows, 5 opening acts, 60+ new songs, and an incalculable amount of hitch kicks (unless, of course, you count them).

See you there! 

There comes a time in all great rock bands where a drummer steps forth and says, “I wrote some songs you guys.  Wanna hear?”  At that point in time the said drummer is promptly beaten with beer bottles, kicked to the curb and rapidly replaced.

That didn’t happen to us.

Aaron Rice (a.k.a. Toby) is a multi-talented fool of a man.  We took his epic ass into the group at our first and only auditions in 2009 and he has contributed so much to the band in the time he was with us.  Not only did he play drums, but he also played guitar, pan flute, recorder, keys, kazoo, lead/backing vocals, and probably the sexiest saxophone you’ve ever heard.  He’s also an awesome dude and friend.

Well, Aaron has realized that LA is the place for him.  He has moved there to pursue a career in tv/film/writing/improv/music/and the sexiest saxophone you’ve ever heard.  Though we were all sad to see him go we are all happy to see him going after what he wants.  Plus, no one had to be beaten with a bottle.

Andrew Graves played with us for our CIF performance and rocked out on the drums and acoustic guitar.  He is a talented mofo (a lover of women of child-bearing age), a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, and he has agreed to play with us for our next round of shows.  Needless to say, we are stoked to have him aboard the good ship Reset List.

The 2010 Chicago Improv Festival showcased some of the best improv groups in the United States and abroad.  Between April 19-25 the City of Chicago became even more jam-packed with improv goodness and shows spread throughout the city in 12 venues.  It was great seeing so many friends performing in one week, a real testament to all the talent that is already here in Chicago.  Reset List also made new friends with the group KISSprov, who borrowed some of our instruments for their show.  Picture the members of KISS dressed in their full regailia, doing longform improv and peppering the show with actual KISS songs.  Yes, it is as cool as it sounds.

Reset List also had the joy and honor of playing the closing night festivities of CIF at Martyr’s.  We opened up for a roast of Mark Sutton, a Chicago improv staple as a teacher and performer (Bassprov).  Since our set was shorter than usual we changed up our song suggestion strategy and created a set list from a hat filled with audience requests.  It worked well – even though we failed to provide the press with a song request slip (facepalm) – and we had a really fun show.  A big thanks to the CIF Executive Director Jonathan Pitts for having us.  We’re looking forward to the 2011 CIF.

Also, Israel had just gotten married and was off galavanting on his honeymoon so we had the very talented Andrew Graves fill in for him.  Aaron switched from drums to the keys and Andrew rocked out on the drumset providing a fun new dynamic for us.  Did we miss Israel?  Yes.  Did we welcome Andrew with open arms?  NO.  We’re butt slappers, not huggers.

Here’s the set list!

  1. Haven’t You Always Wanted a Monkey
  2. Aqua Net Queen
  3. Rock the Cradle of Love
  4. So Much Pain 2 Ca$h in on
  5. She Fucked my Uncle

Please Note: any resemblance of our song titles to lyrics of the Barenaked Ladies or Billy Idol is purely coincidental.  The only covering we do is your face with the sweet sounds of rock.

Reset List Rocks the Holidays!

Posted: December 15, 2009 in Uncategorized

We were hired by the Duane Morris law firm to play their non-denominational all-inclusive holiday party at Hotel 71 in downtown Chicago.  We played in the penthouse of the hotel which had insane views, a killer buffet and great company.

One of my favorite parts of the night was playing an epic pre-show song called “Dinner Music.”  We’re so meta.

Here’s the set list:

  1. Too Much Orange Juice in our Vodka
  2. I’ll Never Sleep With my Boss
  3. Rachel in Red Shoes
  4. The Law is a Jealous Bitch
  5. Blow Up Doll
  6. Northwestern/ University of Chicago/University of Michigan
  7. Bars on my Heart

We ended the night with a rap-reading of a mad-libs version of The Night Before Christmas.

Thank you so much to the Duane Morris Agency for having us.  If you have any need for us again we’re game.  And if you have any friends…you know…yeah.

p.s. We’ve got a PA system so this show can travel anywhere now.  Anyone need a wedding band?