Tuesday, November 17, 2009


with distribution by Burnside & Ioda
Check out the Giorgio Moroder meets Modern Lovers groove of The Prairie Cartel’s “Cracktown” revisited by Hey Champ! On this mighty slick digitized visual delight.

Every so often a debut comes your way, and it's possible to let it pass you by. Don't let this one be one of those mistakes.

"Let it be said that I came dangerously close to not even playing this album. Somehow it made it into my car stereo – and I got into this album in a big way over the past few weeks.
Where Did All My People Go, has elements of The Prodigy (the good shit – the back half of Music For The Jilted Generation), LCD Soundsystem and moments of Kasabian and other recent UK Britpop acts. The Prairie Cartel have found a way to marry sublime vocals over interesting loops and beats in a way nobody else I’ve heard in the past few years has been able to." -Fazer Magazine

"A mix between CSS and the Prodigy with the ubiquitous New Order influence present. From the get-go the band lets the listener know that its party time. "Keep Everybody Warm" has a bit of a Chemical Brothers vibe to it. The mood continues with "Homicide" which has all the panache LCD Soundsystem's "Daft Punk is Playing at My House" and "Jump Like Chemicals" which sounds like a techno remix of Black Sabbath's "Crazy Train". -Surviving The Golden Age
“A Dirty freakout that bounces grimy guitar, throbbing beats and distant screeches off each other until your body can barely stand it.” -Chicago Tribune

Since today is record release day, this Chicago outfit are offering you some tasty disco biscuits from their sonically diverse, and slow-burning addictive debut Where Did All My People Go. First up, is our free mp3 download that truly captures the anarchy and spirit of a mid-western band giddy to wrap their electronics with the necks of their guitars.

Rearranged, and tweaked into near perfection this remix is courtesy of Chicago newcommers Bright Lights. Cheeky and fun crank this one up, grab it here and feel free to post!

Another sizzling offering comes from the highly sought after Chicago duo Santiago and Bushido’s who’s tech house remix of Beautiful Shadow has been slammed in the local clubs and already a favorite from those who discovered it on the blogs. While Sensory overload says “For us they sound like the lead singer of The National fronting The Klaxons." We think it’s David Gahan’s Personal Jesus roped in with some mighty fine tech-tinged house beats and laced with acid synths. There's an undeniably organic sonic quality to their remix which pays tribute to the original version when the elements expand into spacier regions, but its core always remains punchy and solid.

What the Press Have been saying about The Prairie Cartel:

"Booming guitars freak out! A project both surprisingly accessible and disarmingly melodic. It’s about time!" -The Onion
"Raw, buzzsaw guitars grind against digital squeals and shouted choruses on "Suitcase Pimp" while tension builds in the hyper-local "Cracktown," as it name-checks the grimy streets of Uptown. Elsewhere, the band flirts with melody over fuzz-laden riffs on "No Light Escapes Here" while pseudo-Primal Scream cover "Fuck Yeah That Wide" builds into a spastic, psychedelic freakout." -Illinois Entertainer

“What sets The Prairie Cartel apart is an infusion of what we can only describe as the Midwestern work ethic into their tunes. The songs are solid, burly, and imposing in their approach. The members of The Prairie Cartel already have a long history crafting incredible rock and/or roll guitar hooks, so they meld that with their honest appreciation and manipulation of the dance genre to create a sonically monstrous hybrid. This flexibility, and intensity, mixed with the confident delivery of men certain of their pursuits, that makes Where Did All My People Go hold our attention for its duration, and it's those things that send up to the turntable as the needle scratches towards the label, turn the record over, and play it all over again." -Chicagoist
“The Prairie Cartel invokes what was great about the late 90s—industrial dance rock could top the charts, video games were gods, and we’d go anywhere as long as it meant we were out on Friday night. Gritty, tongue-in-cheek dancescapes. Sounds like: early NIN, The Faint, LCD Soundsystem.” -RCRD LBL

"An intelligent (and frankly quite talented) blend of high-energy electronic, dirty rock and unapologetic funk helps to create the soul of "Suitcase Pimp." Lyrically, Chicago's The Prairie Cartel seem to enjoy a lot of the same subject matter as fellow North-westerners, Electric Six. The music, however, is more pulse quickening. And while they're not afraid to wear their dj roots on their sleeves; The Prairie Cartel uses it's collective rock band past to create a danceable rock band future.” -The Daily Thread
The Prairie Cartel started as an excuse for Scott Lucas (Local H), Blake Smith and Mike Willison (both ex-Caviar) to do this in Mike's basement while playing their favorite records. Albums on DFA, Matador, Wax Trax, Modular andCreation were all in heavy rotation during those dark months except when the whisky came out and it went all Ummagumma on them.

Where Did All My People Go is set for release on November 17th

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