How do you live in two worlds at once? On Chico, Santah’s second full-length record, the Chicago dream-pop group looks inward and pretends it’s possible. The resulting work is a tonally rich, cryptic self-inventory, where it’s possible to both be yourself and see yourself.

Santah identifies themselves by contrast in the world of Chico. They have conversations with various incarnations of themselves, or their “twins”. Former lovers & future children, cousins & crushes, parents & partners all wind up smeared and strewn about the record, appearing as both opposites and same spirit as frontman Stanton McConnell, who sings to them with equal parts adoration, frustration, lament and libido.

This self-examination sinks Santah into some of their deepest grooves to date. Drummer Steve Plock and bassist Mike Winegardner pin down the arrangements, allowing the band to become substantially more dynamic than previous efforts. The songs are tonally rich and are elevated by Tommy Trafton’s warm layers of synths and by stacks of blooming vocal harmonies from Vivian McConnell, who further blurs the record’s imaginative sightlines.

Though muscular and texturally dense, Chico’s arrangements still feel light and summery. Floating between two planes of the mirror, Santah manages to both find and escape themselves in the lush landscape of Chico. They’re singing two hymns and believing every shiny contradiction.

Chico is available November 6, 2015 on vinyl, CD, and digital via Yes Club Records.

2015 Shows

1/17 - Chicago, IL @ Tomorrow Never Knows Fest
2/20 - Rock Island, IL @ Rozz-Tox
3/6 - Milwaukee, WI @ Club Garibaldi's
3/9 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
3/12 - Champaign, IL @ Cowboy Monkey
3/13 - Carbondale, IL @ SkiHaus
3/14 - Bowling Green, KY @ Tidball's
3/15 - Chattanooga, TN @ JJ's Bohemia
3/17 - Nashville, TN @ The Basement
3/18 - Nashville, TN @ Stone Fox
3/19 - St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
3/20 - Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi
3/21 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas
3/22 - Madison, WI @ The Frequency
3/24 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
3/25 -  Lincoln, NE @ Zoo Bar
3/26 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
3/27 - Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose Tap
4/11 -Beloit, WI @ Coughy House
5/30 - Chicago, IL @ Do Division Festival
6/2 - Champaign, IL @ Highdive
6/3 - Indianapolis, IN @ White Rabbit Cabaret
6/4 - Louisville, KY @ New Vintage
6/5 - Lexington, KY @ Best Friend Bar
6/6 - Bowing Green, KY @ Tidball's
6/7 - Chicago, IL @ Remix Festival
6/28 - Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Festival
7/3 - Martha's Vineyard @ Stars & Stripes Festival
7/19 - Chicago, IL @ Taste of River North
8/8 - Appleton, WI @ Mile of Music Festival
8/17 - Rock Island, IL @ Rozz-Tox
9/19 - Chicago, IL @ Hideout
10/1 - Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi
10/2 - Chicago, IL @ Township
10/3 - Dayton, OH @ Blind Bob's
10/4 - Detroit, MI @ Elijah's
10/5 - Cleveland, OH @ TBA
10/6 - Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness
10/7 - Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub
10/8 - Louisville, KY @ Tim Faulkner Gallery
10/9 - Bowling Green, KY @ Tidball's
10/10 - Nashville, TN @ 5 Spot
10/12 - Asheville, NC @ Tiger Mountain
10/13 - Washington, DC @ DC9
10/14 - Baltimore, MD @ The Crown
10/15 - Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall
10/17 - Brooklyn, NY @ King's County Saloon
10/22 - Milwaukee, WI @ Club Garibaldi's
10/23 - Peoria, IL @ The Red Barn
10/24 - Champaign, IL @ High Dive
11/18 - Cleveland, OH @ Mahall's
11/19 - Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
11/20 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
12/5 - Dixon, IL @ Rosbrook Studio
12/29 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall

201 6 Dates

2/6 - Chicago, IL @ Hideout
2/11 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Founder's Brewery
2/18 - Dubuque, IA @ The Lift
2/19 - Iowa City, IA @ The Mill
2/20 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
2/25 - Kalamazoo, MI @ Bell's Brewery
3/16 - 3/19 - Austin, TX @ SXSW
4/8 - Champaign, IL @ The Accord

See all past shows HERE

Has shared stages with the likes of San Fermin, Twin Shadow, Sylvan Esso, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Young The Giant, Surfer Blood, Woods, Alvvays, Gardens & Villa, The Hush Sound and more

Chico Album artwork

"[Santah] added serious doses of punch and fire to an already powerful sound, giving them the ability to swarm and destroy with their harmonies and blistering wall of sound" - Paste Magazine / Sean Moeller of Daytrotter

"Dreamy folk-pop from a Chicago quintet that rides the beautiful vocal interplay of brother/sister singer-guitarists Stanton and Vivian McConnell, nearly threatenig to build to Arcade Fire-level intensity" - Spin Magazine

"Young and ambitious with the chops to match their swollen hearts, Chicago's Santah creates richly textured rock songs with delicate, resonant emotion." - KDHX

"There's a certain amount of loving that goes into all of the drops of Santah songs, that turns the concentration into a gossamer drink that goes down smooth and leisurely." - Daytrotter

“They can and undoubtedly have crafted some of the most solid indie-pop coming out of Chicago today” - Loud Loop Press

"[Santah] should also garner comparisons to a more folksy version of Vampire Weekend or a younger, slightly more poppy Wilco and/or Whiskytown. However they got their sound, it's definitely one worthy of lengthy exploration- Consequence of Sound

“It’s not often that songs this versatile come along.” - MTV Hive's Exclusive Premiere of "Indigo".

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