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An Interview with Robby and Ziyad of Fine Prints

A new label, two years in the making, launches this weekend with a triple cassette release at Empty Bottle. The label is Fine Prints and is run by Robby Haynes and Ziyad Asrar. The two, accomplished musicians and producers in their own right, have hand selected three bands, Wage, Mayor Daley, and Desert Liminal, to kick off what promises to be an outstanding local label.

We recently had the opportunity to ask Robby and Ziyad a few questions about the label and the bands they have chosen to work with.

The Deli (TD): You guys, along with Jordan Tepper, recently launched line of liqueurs called Apologue. That alone has to take a lot of time and skill. What prompted the two of you to also launch a record label just a few months later?
Robby Haynes (RH): Ha! We've actually been working on the label for a couple of years now. I think the first WAGE recording sessions at Skye Sound took place in 2016. We really wanted to take our time with the first wave of releases and get things right on our end.

TD: Looking at the three bands you have chosen to work with to launch the label the clear commonality is the presence of strong female musicians. This is refreshing to see and something the local scene has been calling for awhile. Is this something the label sought out and do you see it continuing in the future?
Ziyad Asrar (ZA): I've never really looked at the label through that lens until this month. Faced with the impending releases and as it's become more real, it's dawned on us that we have a lot of female represention in the Fine Prints roster. It's something that was an accident (these artists are our friends) but looking at it objectively, I guess it is refreshing. There are so many incredible women in music- people I really admire and personally look up to- so it makes sense that, when piecing together our initial releases and seeking out good music, there were women involved. We just want to support people making art and do what we can to keep pushing things forward. Seeking the point where it's no longer refreshing and that's just how it is.

TD: With that said, acknowledging the label is brand new, but is there a certain sound or aesthetic that you are seeking from a band? What makes a band a good fit for Fine Prints?
RH: We like working with people that are passionate about what they are doing. Genre isn't really a consideration. What's most important is vibe and personality.

TD: All of three of these bands are also local, do you see the label focusing of primarily Chicago talent or do you see it branching out at some point?
RH: There's such a strong scene in Chicago right now. It's pretty exciting. We'll branch out at some point but for the time being we want to do whatever we can to contribute to the conversation here. All boats rise with the tide and I feel like people making music in this city geniunely understand that. Folks are helping each other out supporting each other. It's really refreshing. Fine Prints is really about us trying to be responsible and do our part.

TD: Ziyad, You have a great track record in Chicago music with your contributions to bands like Smith Westerns and Whitney. Will this label be an outlet for your own music at some point?
ZA: For sure. Robby and I are both constantly making music and the right projects from the two of us will definitely end up on Fine Prints. I have so many works in progress, batches of songs that have a totally separate aesthetic from one another, so its exciting to have the label to help bring these different faces to life. The structure of the label is also creatively fulfilling in and of itself. Robby and I both work really closely on every release. At the very least we're mixing or mastering and at most involved we're producing and engineering recordings start to finish.

TD: We know the first three tapes are dropping on August 26th in conjunction with an event at Empty Bottle, but what is next for Fine Prints?
ZA: After these first three, we're going to keep it rolling. We don't really plan on slowing down. Our next immediate releases will be from Ruins and Robby's project, Ulta. Also exploring other release formats. Not married to tape. Looking forward to 2019! Thanks again!

The Fine Prints launch event, “Everything Is Fine”, takes place on August 26th at Empty Bottle and will feature performance from Wage, Mayor Daley, and Desert Liminal.

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We just want to support people making art and do what we can to keep pushing things forward.
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Real Friends Announce Headlining Fall US Tour

Last month Real Friends released their latest LP, Composure, and just wrapped up a headlining spot on the final Warp Tour.

Last week they announced a headlining tour kicking off October 17th in support of their album. Below is the video for the album’s lead single “From The Outside”.

You can catch Real friends at House of Blues on November 25th with Boston Manor, Grayscale, and Eat Your Heart Out.

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The Marías share video for new single "Cariño," new EP due out in September

Let The Marías seduce you with their latest single, "Cariño." On the video for the track, the indie-pop quintet wanders in a frolicking manner with the same improvisational flair of a classic French New Wave film. The song's smoky, yet alluring arrangements are the perfect soundtrack for velvety leader singer María to put forth her inner yé-yé as she rides a Vespa across a barren paradise. María may sing "Cariño" in her native language (it translates to sweetheart in Spanish), but there's no need for a translator to enjoy the band's limber guitar strums and swooning brass melody.

"Cariño" is the first single off of The Marías' forthcoming EP, Superclean Volume II, which is due out sometime in September. Catch them at the Lodge Room Highland Park on September 29. Juan Rodríguez





Indie Rock

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Dan and the Wildfire
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Indie Rock

Time: 
11:00 PM
Band name: 
Dan and the Wildfire
FULL Artist Facebook address (http://...): 
https://www.facebook.com/danandthewildfire/
Venue name: 
Rockwood Music Hall
Band email: 
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