The Apple Store in downtown Chicago is at once a genius and completely absurd place to host a concert.
On the one hand, you have a dedicated base of indie hipsters and innovative minds already tapped at the store. On the other hand, you’re playing a show enveloped by gray wall space and an audience mostly unsure of who you are and what your music is about.
None of that seemed to bother California Wives Saturday afternoon as they breezed through a 40+ minute set of material mostly off their new EP, Affair, to be released in September.
Some of the songs had to be rearranged for the setting, as Apple didn’t allow a full drum kit in the store. California Wives’ drummer, Joe O’Connor, made the most of what he had to work with, rocking a tambourine, cymbal, some maracas and single snare.
He also treated us to some great handclaps, which caused lead singer Jayson Kramer, who was so impressed, to forget to turn down his keyboard.
Overall it was a very good show. Not entirely representative of what a true California Wives show would be, however, due to limitations set by Apple.
I’d definitely recommend getting to Schubas on September 3 for their record release show with special guests Panda Riot, Color Radio and Gemini Club. The gig is also an official North Coast Festival aftershow.
California Wives performing “Photolights”