Photos by Geoff Henao.
Antarctigo Vespucci is the love child made between Jeff Rosenstock (ex-Bomb the Music Industry!, Arrogant Sons of Bitches) and Chris Farren (Fake Problems) following a recording session this past spring. Initially envisioned as a one-off project, the duo’s style of power-pop caught fire, propelling the duo to embark on a tour that featured a stop at Chicago’s Beat Kitchen this past Saturday. Their debut EP, Soulmate Stuff, instantly grabbed me with its infectious, energetic sound and insightful lyrics about breakups, death, and disdain for hometowns – the type of lyrics that are just as attractive at 27 as they were at 17. Just ahead of their first tour, the duo released a surprise EP on Halloween, I’m So Tethered, which picks up exactly where Soulmate Stuff ended with even more powerful pop songs. I dare you to listen to songs like “I’m Giving Up On U2,” “Come to Brazil,” and “Guest List Spots” without wanting to sing along.