The annual Rock Against Racism concert at the Chicago Fire Match featured Atom Meets Bomb with opening acts All Our Fans Are Cats and The Dyes.
28-May-2016: It was a surprisingly sunny day that saw three great bands take the stage to play the fifth annual Rock Against Racism fundraiser concert. The event is organized each year by Chicago Fire Fans as a celebration of diversity.
Rock Against Racism has been a great opportunity for some of Chicago’s best underground bands to raise money for charity and to entertain Chicago Fire Soccer Supporters before the match. This year’s lineup did not disappoint.
Kicking off the day was Chicago’s own, The Dyes, a three-piece playing an updated and edgy form of rockabilly. They played a 30-minute set of raw guitar and pounding snare swing rock that riled up the crowd and left them wanting more. Vocalist Lisa Louise worked the crowd like a pro making new fans.
The Dye’s first album, Stomp, is due to drop next month on July 16.
Up next was All Our Fans Are Cats from Racine, Wisconsin. The band plays a unique post-hardcore sound with a touch of noise rock and early punk. The four-piece group grabbed attention with the explosive performance from lead singer, Carly Anne Ravnikar.
One highlight of their set was “Pepperoni Valentine,” their new track which is available to stream on Bandcamp.
Atom Meets The Bomb finished the gig. Hailing from Chicago, the indie-rock artist plays an alt-pop sound the band compares to Jesus and the Mary Chain. Lead singer, Raquel Geverola, voice has an edgy, but refined quality; think Natalie Merchant meets Gwen Stephanie.
The band played a mix of covers and original music, to which attendees responded positively. Their infectious pop rock guitar sound perfectly echoed the vibe of this outdoor concert, as fans danced, cheered, and waved arms in the air.