reppin: detroit, usa // urinal cake records // 2012 - present
sounds like: sitting on one of those white picket fences in the middle of nowhere, lighting up a cigarette and sinking into your "space"
last album drop: messes (jan, 2017)
featuring: stef // ryan // alex
In the midst of a jam packed concert week at the beginning of May, I walked into my favorite sweaty rock club in Chicago, The Empty Bottle, to take in lady rocker Stef Chura. Hailing from detroit, much like most of us midwesteners, she wears her emotions on her sleeves. Her latest album, "messes," is a true emotional rollercoaster of life, lessons and what humans can learn from simply fucking up. I love her quote she told somebody at some point when the album was released: “It’s about emotional mess, not physical mess,” Chura says. These are two very different things, something we all experience and music can teach us a lot about funneling both types of emotions. Now, the actual music she is making definitely portrays that up and down sort of feel...grungy, off-tuned guitars, yet very clean and poppy (weird, I know). Vocals that honestly I cannot describe as she combines words and sometimes makes it hard to understand what she is saying. In a really good way. She really nails the whole blending of pop and garage rock worlds.
Her message with this debut album are quite simple: don't be afraid to fuck up because it is the only way we can succeed later on. Life never goes as planned and the sooner we figure that out and let go of fears of trying to do everything right all the time, the quicker we can be free. Stef is no stranger to music as she has been in and out of bands for almost ten years now. Each song in "messes" really hits on different different types of feelings, coming together in a montage of attitudes and beliefs. Something for everyone to relate to. It makes sense that her debut is full of these lessons as it was years of experiences that built up to it.
The garage rock, slightly pop vibe seeps through her vocals and guitars. Her set appears simplistic with three band members, but it really is layered with depth as the album comes to life. Her vocals and tangled guitar riffs makes you think about what can be right in the world for a few moments. Again, that calmness seems to take over from a physical standpoint, but you can see and hear the emotion in her vocals as she moves through the set list. I was luckily enough to be surrounded by a decent size, yet responsive crowd that was really paying attention. The journey is just getting started for Stef and I dig how she has created an identity for herself already. Be interested in how this one evolves over the coming year with new music to come.