Featured in the Chicago edition of the Waterloo Sparkling Sessions, presented by Waterloo Sparkling Water.
As Chicago’s four-piece rock group Discus share their 2019 debut full-length, Something Has Happened, it is unsurprisingly furnished with a variety of garage-pop staples, acknowledging the group’s shared memberships in longstanding Chicago groups Varsity, Pool Holograph, and Clearance. The Stolz brothers exhibit a plastique routine between guitar arrangements they’ve formed over the many years spent playing together since their early teens in Oak Park. Combined with the infectious, buoyant rhythm section led by Kevin Fairbairn (bass) and Arthur Velez (drums), the songs are granted with distinct mobility and pop-forward charm.
As a whole, Something Has Happened is a bewildering but funny, sentimental but cryptic, portrait formed via collaged features. A folded note that leads the listener from the melancholy haze so common to the Midwest, towards the fleeting, orange afternoons we could not forget.