Conceived over beers at a watering hole, born out of the former band Polaski, and bred in a basement just up the street, Southside Chiefs bring a fresh take on Americana Rock. Consisting of five members, Southside Chiefs create songs about life, love, loss and social conscience that flow with melody, harmony, and straight to the bone guitar licks. Powerful enough to bring the crowd to its feet, yet meaningful enough to make even the most cynical of audience members close their eyes, think about a lost love, crack open another beer and nod in approval.
With influences ranging from Neil Young, to Chamberlain, to Drive By Truckers, and The Replacements, Southside Chiefs’ music almost seems to be throwback, which in itself can be appealing, until the meat of the music becomes apparent.
With Brad Hutson on bass, and Matt Potter rounding out the rhythm section on the drums, they create the driving beat that is the vibrating spinal column of Southside Chiefs’ music. Patrick Koch and Dustin Gross on guitar bring about the next level of the sound, occasionally delving into dueling solos and tight, well thought out riffs. The lyrics and vocals of Jake Westrick are heartfelt without being corny, harsh without being mean, and even at times, darkly humorous. Southside Chiefs is a band whose sound can penetrate even the thickest of silence.