Follow Friday is an interview series in which each Chicago artist we talk to recommends a fellow local act.
This week's guest: Actor Slash Model
Recommended by: Love Raid
Actor Slash Model is the collaborative effort of activist-slash-educator Simon Strikeback and artist-slash-filmmaker Madsen Minax. When the duo isn't making gender-bending music together, they're on the movie scene, having released the recent rockumentary Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance. Strikeback tells us a little more about the duo.
Describe your sound in 140 characters or less.
We call ourselves a homo indiegrass duet. Our sound is influenced by a wide range of sounds, from far-reaching indie to very traditional bluegrass.
Where and when was your first show - and what was it like?
Our first show was in fall 2006 at the Prop Theater on Elston. We played the opening of a porno that Madsen had done some music for and I had a little spot in. We knew a lot of folks in the film and at the performance, so it was a nice introduction to playing out - everyone clapped and probably would have no matter what we sounded like.
Name three of your favorite Chicago spots (bars, restaurants, venues, parks - whatever).
Red Line Tap in Rogers Park. Jackhammer in Rogers Park. Women & Children First bookstore in Andersonville
What Chicago artist/band should we interview next and why?
The Homoticons - its Madsen's new band and they are really making headway through the Chicago indie scene.