Spectators is a three-piece Indie-Space/Dance-Punk (ISDP) band from the Suburbs of Chicago. Since the band's formation in 2012, they've become well-known in the Chicagoland area through their invigorating live performances with a unique blend of experimental rock and stimulating pop. Spectators has been featured on radio interviews/performances, opened for bands/artists such as Saints of Valory and Chris Medina, and have performed in New York on VH1.
The band's live set includes mostly originals along with re-imagined covers. Spectators has performed anywhere from sold-out House of Blues shows and festivals to more intimate weddings and graduation parties.
Price Range: $400 and up
Gig Length: 25 - 90 minutes
What to Expect
When an audience comes to see a Spectators show, they can expect around 1-1.5 hours of a music set filled with original music (and covers upon request). You can expect a lively music set filled with fan favorites such as "Retro", "When My Humanity Starts Showing Through", "Wire", and more!
Spectators will also rent, setup, and tear-down any needed PA system for an event. During the advancing of a show, promoters can request Spectators to take care of all the production needs at an additional cost dependant on what's needed for the event.
Spectators is a three-piece Indie-Space/Dance-Punk (ISDP) band from the Suburbs of Chicago. Since the group’s formation in 2012, they have built a strong following through their invigorating live performances with a unique blend of experimental rock and stimulating pop. Their first full-length album, Paranoia, was released on April 5th, 2014.
As a result of Paranoia’s release, the band became well known in the Chicagoland area appearing on radio interviews, opening spots for bands/artists such as SAINTS OF VALORY and Chris Medina, and ultimately having the opportunity to perform in New York on VH1.
During a 2016 hiatus, lead singer Josiah Viland enjoyed a season in professional baseball whilst guitarist Walter Halliwell toured with the Christian pop band, Citizen Way. In the meantime, drummer Tayler Buck played at home with his cat.
The three remaining Spectators reunited in the summer of 2017 to begin laying the foundation for a new record. Working alongside producers Zach Kranz and 12th, Spectators released their latest album, The String and the Bow, in the Fall of 2018.
Additional Booking Notes
IN-EAR MONITOR SYSTEM:
Spectators tours with (3) in-ears, a rackmount console, and a 24-channel XLR splitter. The on-stage inputs would plug into our XLR splitter and it splits so that the 24 channels go to the band's monitor console AND the venue's FOH console (or whatever patch bay is at the stage). Whoever is running FOH will be able to mix the house and monitors as they normally would for all other bands in the lineup after Spectators patch in their in-ear system - but when Spectators come up to perform, he/she will just need to mute all the wedges and the band will control their own in-ears.
All live tracks output from the rackmount via XLR and include bass (if none live) and stereo tracks.
Stereo output from a Kemper (no on-stage guitar amps).
ORIGINALS INCLUDE (current releases and anticipated releases [Spring '18]):
When My Humanity Starts Showing Through
Give It All To You
I Don’t Mind
Carry Me Home
Let You Go
... and more
Bennie & The Jets
Build Me Up Buttercup
Locked Out Of Heaven
Brown Eyed Girl
... and more
Influences & Inspiration
U2, The Cure, MGMT, LCD Soundsystem, Animal Collective, of Montreal, My Bloody Valentine, Needtobreathe, Thelonious Monk, The Cars, Rev. James Cleveland, David Bowie, Etta James, Simon and Garfunkel, Franz Ferdinand, James Brown, Swans, M83, Nine Inch Nails, Pink Floyd, T-Pain, Charles Mingus, DJ Rashad, A Tribe Called Quest, Smith Westerns, Michael Jackson, TW Walsh, Joe Lambert, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Eddie Murphy, John Coltrane, Dann Huff, Smashing Pumpkins, Pixies, Nirvana, Spiritualized, Sufjan Stevens, The Clash, Toro y Moi, The Bravery, Brian Eno, Greg Calbi, The Beach Boys, Bon Iver, The Velvet Underground, The Glove, Crystal Castles, Gorillaz, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Igor Stravinsky, The Killers, Isaac Hayes, Mr. Bill, Snoop Dogg/Lion, Sly and the Family Stone, Foals, Elvis Presley, Beach Fossils, The Black Keys, Warren G, The Strokes, Acappella, Sigur Ros, Fela Kuti, Stereolab, TV On the Radio, The Huntingtons, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Daft Punk, Earth Wind and Fire, The Temptations, King Crimson, Sea Wolf, The Flaming Lips, The Beatles, Spacemen 3, Talking Heads, Fleetwood Mac, James Blake, Panda Bear, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Arnold Schoenberg, PJ Harvey, Stereolab, Sonic Youth, Kraftwerk, Neil Young, Steve Reich, Marvin Gaye, The Rolling Stones, Portishead, Yes, Tortoise, Neu!, MuteMath, Krzysztof Penderecki, Devo, Lindsay Lohan, Marty Robbins, Captain Geech & the Shrimp-shack Shooters, Seal, FIDLAR, Shakira, Wavves, Stevie Wonder, Slowdive, Selena Gomez, Gyorgy Ligeti, Blaster the Rocket Boy, Tinariwen, F.O.G., Pavement, DIIV, Rick Astley, Björk, Josh Garrels, Ric Ocasek, Enya, Christopher Tin, Arcade Fire, Spoon, Portico Quartet, Lorde, Peck Kelley, I.K. Dairo, The Residents, Common, Elbow, Cher, Nate Dogg, Al Schmitt, Neil Finn, Dave Fridmann, HAIM, Noah Shebib, Cheval Sombre, Rock Kills Kid, Renaldo & The Loaf, Spike Jones, Damon Albarn, Rainbowkittensurprise, Mercy Beat, Passengers, Rammellzee, K-Rob, Beck, Danielson Famile, Syd Barrett, 107.9 La Ley, and The Skeletons in no specific order.
FOH Digital Console (32-channel)
P.A. System capable of 110dB SPL (A-Weighted) minimum at F.O.H. or 100’ in front of P.A. without distortion and buzz and hum free
Grand Rapids, MI
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