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Pedal Faster: COD Student Band “Borrowed Bicycle”

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A dozen dreadlocked hippies walk into a Wrigleyville bar. It’s not the beginning of a joke- in fact, according to the doorman, it’s not even unique anymore.

Borrowed Bicycle, the band they’re there to see, is a product of the changing music scene in Chicago, one shifting away from whiney pop-punk and full-charge bluegrass, into a more mature and, ultimately, more interesting sound. From the first note, it is obvious that they grew up on the Grateful Dead- their meandering grooves reminiscent of jam bands and old school jazz. But unlike the Dead, there is definite form to every song, “We know where we’re going,” says drummer Brad Kodak, a COD student, “We just kind of…noodle.”

The four soft-spoken, boozy 20-somethings that comprise Borrowed Bicycle look like any other collection of neo-bohemian hipsters, recently coming of age in Chicago. Along with Kodak, keyboardist Katie Bogle, guitarist/vocalist Trevor Clark, and COD student Aaron Kenny on bass, the group represents an exciting, growing segment of local music. They’re playing the music they want to hear. Their show has the vibe of a late night, back porch gathering. There is a casual honesty to their extremely dance-able tunes – air flew as hippies twirled to the crunchy grooves.

Technical skill, a unique sound and a cover of “Get Lucky” which sounded like Jerry Garcia’s Daft Punk fever dream makes Borrowed Bicycle a band to watch. Chicago needs more bands like them, so here’s hoping their ride is just getting started. Check out their new EP, set to be released towards the end of February.
–Parker Rechsteiner

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