Chicago’s Common Allies is a psychedelic roots rock band inspired by the sounds of all of the greatest contemporary musicians of the 20th century. Led by brothers Conor and Ryan Ashe, the band’s mission is to carry on the torch and modernize the inspired styles of bands from decades past.
Conor is the leading songwriter and accomplishes a poetic lyrical style with co-writing assistance from his brother. Greatly intrigued by the lyrics of Brian Wilson, Sixto Rodriguez, Bob Weir, and Paul McCartney, the band’s content is traveling in several exciting directions. Lyrical melodies are meshed with robust tones inspired by the likes of The Who, and most notably the Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd. Songs explode with vocal harmony, heavily phased guitar, crunchy bass, as well as thunderous drum beats provided by drummer Nick Tatro, and electrifying synth sounds from keyboard aficionado Mario Duenas.
Conor and Ryan have been writing songs since age 11, amped to learn the intoxicating ways of rock after first seeing Richard Linklater’s film School of Rock. The music seemed to be going nowhere until they rocked Naperville’s Ribfest Main Stage with their band Runaway Freight Train in 2009, opening for Huey Lewis and the News. Nick Tatro is a self-taught drummer, natural jammer, and die hard Queens of the Stone Age fan. Originally from Ecuador, Mario Duenas plays an assortment of instruments and makes his living as a jazz musician.
Common Allies serves up a colorful stew that will be quickly devoured by audiences eager to drink up the new sounds pouring from Chicago’s vast and vibrant underground. They’ll perform the evening of Black Friday at the city’s renowned Double Door. Details are linked here.