Written by: Mac Sullivan
On Sunday August 15th I woke up on the floor of my uncle’s house, a pulled pork sandwich on the floor inches from my face which I ate while facing one of the worst hangovers I’ve ever experienced. After that as I sat waiting for the red line at Cermack/China Town, staring at my feet and regretting all the things I’d done the night prior, I remembered that I was supposed to see a concert that night. Corn On My Dinner Plate at Beat Kitchen… “fuck” I as I dry heaved and almost yacked on my Janoskis.
Later, when I finally woke up from my nap, I decided that maybe I’d go stop by; that proved to be a great decision.
Maybe it was because it was the first time that they’d played in over a year due to the pandemic, but everyone seemed to be in an incredibly ecstatic mood, and that (plus a couple of whisky shots) somehow made me feel better than I did all day.
Full cander: I’ve seen Corn before, they’re my friends, their bassist, Roan, is one of my best friends. But I’m not lying or just trying to blindly promote them right now, this show was genuinely special. It’s not like they really need the publicity but I wanted some people to know about this.
The new music that Corn on My Dinner Plate played at the show made me genuinely excited for Chicago indie music for the first time since high school.. With Ointment Appointment’s genius keyboardist, Branden Ma, on keys, it has freed up frontman Colin Kolasny to really shine and turn this band into a legitimate rock outfit, paired with electric riffs from guitarist Jack (Turkey) Harris, and reliable rhythm from the talented Roan Quinn, and Rick Wilson drummer - Chris “Crispy” Sanchez, all that plus some saxophone thrown in: the band is unstoppable.
I am incredibly excited to see what they will do next. If you want to see them, they will be at my favorite venue in the city, Martyrs, on September 9th with the New York band Melt. If you’re vaccinated and cool with being in a crowd, I hope I see you there.