New York’s Uniform are among Dumpsters and band vehicles in a darkened alley, the loading area of Chicago’s iconic music venue the Metro.
They’ve just opened a night of their package tour with Drab Majesty and Deafheaven. Across the street at Wrigley Field, Foo Fighters are performing for over 40,000 people; the sound of their anthemic choruses and Dave Grohl’s impassioned vocals waft over the baseball stadium walls, adding occasional distraction – and a hint of absurdity – to the evening. Foo Fighters are one of the most commercially successful bands of this century whose roots are in hardcore and punk culture. It’s the same breeding ground where Uniform come from but, without knocking the Foos, the contrasts between the two groups seem like night and day right about now. Though the fans at Wrigely are likely having the best night of their summer, it feels like that they’ve missed out on something truly special across the street.