Growth with no reward. Finding strength in your less desirable traits. Coming up with the perfect comeback hours later in bed, glaring at the ceiling. Asking yourself: am I improving, or am I just changing into something unrecognizable? Chicago quartet Ganser probe the futility of striving for self-growth during the chaos of our times for dark comedy and jagged sounds on their potent latest album, Just Look at That Sky, released July 31, 2020 on Felte.

Nadia Garofalo (keyboards/vocals) and Alicia Gaines (bass/vocals) met in art school, bonding over their shared love of The Residents, outsider communities, and transgressive filmmakers like John Waters and David Lynch. The hands-on, DIY craftsmanship honed in those years has carried over into a group that shares writing duties, collaborates closely on music videos and album art, and crafts Brechtian visuals to accompany their maximalist live show. Visceral gnashing guitar by Charlie Landsman and punching drums from Brian Cundiff make up the remaining parts of the No Wave, Art Rock and Post-Punk’s sound that is known as Ganser.

Equal parts Space Odyssey and Ghost World, Ganser released their debut LP Odd Talk in 2018 to favorable coverage from The New York Times, Billboard, and Stereogum. Building on their dissociative disorder namesake, the album’s tone vacillated between frenzied and contemplative, probing on questions of communication, intimacy, and avoidance.

On Just Look at That Sky, Ganser further explores the personal inner climate of uncertain times. Co-produced with Electrelane's Mia Clarke and engineer Brian Fox, this is an assured, fully realized triumph of a record from an art-punk band that’s figured out how to focus on making great art, even if everything else around them falls apart. The album drew critical praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, The Quietus, Sound Opinions, Bandcamp, Brooklyn Vegan, CLASH Magazine, and more.

The quartet is back now with a series of remixes. Their remix EP, Look at the Sun, will contain remixes from artists the band admires, has played with, or met online during quarantine and drops in full in the spring of 2021. Sadie Dupuis’ (Speedy Ortiz) transformative Sad13 remix of “Bad Form” follows December’s “Bags for Life” remixed by Andy Bell (Ride) under his dance moniker GLOK.

Upcoming Shows


Sep
13
th
Fine Line
Sep
13
th
Fine Line

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

'Shake the Sheets' 20th Anniversary
with Ganser

Past Shows


Apr
28
th
2024
7th St Entry
Apr
28
th
2024
7th St Entry

Gustaf

with Ganser and MURF
Mar
16
th
2024
First Avenue
Mar
16
th
2024
First Avenue

Mclusky

with Ganser
Mar
17
th
2022
7th St Entry
Mar
17
th
2022
7th St Entry

Naked Giants

with Ganser
Aug
31
st
2021
Turf Club
Aug
31
st
2021
Turf Club
postponed

Modern English

(rescheduled + moved to Fine Line)
with Ganser and DJ Jake Rudh
Dec
2
nd
2020
Turf Club
Dec
2
nd
2020
Turf Club
Cancelled

Algiers

with Ganser

More Shows

Aug
8
th
First Avenue

Washed Out

Sep
19
th
7th St Entry

Under the Rug

with Basic Printer
Oct
15
th
7th St Entry

Healy

Sep
14
th
Turf Club

Gable Price and Friends