Jen Dot is a one-woman scene and force of nature. After cutting her teeth in Chicago local faves Swimsuit Addition, she’s stripped it down and seems to be having fun with her new outfit BEASTII. With her bandmates Chris Lee (Soddy Daisy) and Dom (Atomic Love, Dom’s Rock Fantasy) in tow, they’ve crafted a full length full of beachy garage pop party hits where the oddball psych flourishes abound. But just as in Swimsuit Addition, Beastii’s secret weapon is often in Jen Dot’s vocal. There’s a new wave element to a lot of this stuff that sets it apart from the pack. Think Missing Persons / Toni Basil / Devo, but it’s more psych/garage than that. Don’t take my word for it, we’ve got the full album streaming exclusively so go check it out! And if you’re in Chicago, hit up Reed’s Local FRIDAY August 4th for Beastii’s tape and video release for “Can’t Wait” on Dark Circles Records.
(Reed’s Local 3017 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618. 9pm-2am)
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