Saturday, March 28, 2015

Chicago band The Orions adding to vibrancy of music scene, will perform at The Abbey


Chicago band The Orions is adding to the vibrancy of the local music scene through its unique sound.

The Orions will perform March 29 at The Abbey, 3420 W. Grace St., Chicago. Friday Pilots Club, The Dead Seeds and Out the Car Window also are on the bill.

The all-ages show starts at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $10, available at

I had the chance to talk to Orions guitarist Yeyzy Varas, singer Federico Vargas, bassist Ahmed Forero and lead guitarist Phil Kubisz about the band.

Q - Great talking to you. I understand that the band started as a trio, and has grown into a quintet. What is the musical chemistry like between the members?

The musical chemistry has been amazing, Phil and Yeyzy quickly got the flow of our music and helped create two of our latest tracks “Just Like You” and “Goodtimes,” which were just recorded on March 21 and will be debuted March 29 at The Abbey Pub.

Q - The band released a self-titled EP in November. In sitting down to make the record, what were your goals and do you think you accomplished them?

Our goals were to track down songs that we felt had potential and to finalize the lineup of the band. With both main goals we succeeded, and are strongly pushing into new content and gigging.

Q - What is the meaning behind the band's name? 

Federico and Yeyzy’s mom is considered to be a bit of a mystic and does Tarot reading. A while back, the band was having trouble finalizing a band name, so their mother came to the band one day and told them that one of her cards had spoke to her. 

She said that the card told her that the band should be called The Orions. So we stuck with it. 

Q - To me, the band's sound is reminiscent of Chicago band Urge Overkill? Would you consider that band or other bands to be an influence on your music? 

That’s great, I can’t say Urge Overkill has been an influence, but yes some Chicago bands have contributed in the way we put together our sounds. Bands like Smashing Pumpkins, Rise Against, and more lately, The Orwells. 

Q - What do you think of the Chicago music scene and how do you think you fit into it?

Chicago’s music scene has a lot of more rock/indie/alternative going around and we feel are confidently stepping into the scene. The Chicago music scene has a lot of great bands such as The Orwells, Ay-OH, and Friday Pilots Club (with whom we’re playing with on March 29). 

We blend in well, but we still have our own unique sound. 

Q - What are the band's short-term and long-term goals?

Short-term goals were to record an E.P. that we felt confident about and get the entire lineup on the same page with the music.

Long-term goals are to build our fan following so that we may get the opportunity to go on tour, continue to innovate our sound, and reach a wider audience with our music.

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