A.F.T.A. TASTE: The Night Of Synth & Sounds...

Empty Bottle Review 10/22/2018

By Hope Taylor | A.F.T.A.

The Empty Bottle lineup on Monday took dystopia-synth pop and 90’s Industrial electronic to a new level! I enjoyed the eb and flow of each artists performance not only in matching sound, but in each ones intricate style and setup as well! Let me explain further...

Z. Soniat

This heavy hitting act nails down the term EBM - “electronic body music”. This is the first time I am hearing of this genre, “EBM” and I can only describe it as sounding industrial in nature with Kraftwork resembling beats, mixed with Dark Detroit Techno. The live performance was awesome, as well as intricate and left me curious as to how she hot wired up corded phones to change the pitch and frequency of her music!?

Check out more here: https://soundcloud.com/z-soniat


This guy really took me by surprise…In a good way! His quiet demeanor and look coming to stage does not prepare you for the intense industrial edge he brings. It’s like NIN mixed with Prodigy, mixed with every electronic 90’s heavy industrial synth influence all packed into one. For his performance he really went all out using a mix of live complex drum sequences, aggressive synths and a strong partially modularized vocal effect throughout the show. If you don’t know him yet, you’re missing out!

Check him out on bandcamp here: https://profligate.bandcamp.com/?fbclid=IwAR0P7sa6e_FN40yBZCpXNbN3K7wDyK-w8sAgPvGvqZqS4rmPyHOJZXQ0CYs

Jenny Pulse

This evening’s main event was Jenny Pulse, she was celebrating her Record Release show for the new album, Marmalade (out Friday, October 26, via New York label Drop Medium).

Her vibe is very synth-pop, meeting in the middle with an electro-indie house feel. The performance was definitely more calm compared to the other acts that evening. If your looking for smooth beats and breathy, dream-like vocals then look no further.

Check out her Soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/spamoans?fbclid=IwAR1VEWHxqVA1xwGpZpxacN8OPJ1R4XG1LHOXDkZNiwFn1AtHCsb7rAM9JoQ

Gel Set

This artist has a beautiful, airy and subtly eerie voice that rings throughout her tracks. She combines this with a new wave feel, heavy synth sounds and hard experimental/industrial beats.

Check her out on bandcamp here: https://gelset.bandcamp.com/?fbclid=IwAR2-E8mCDn45IMPok5Z-Zspq_rRP67Aog5iMxsJIwrenri7dgTnycpXt2qY

A.F.T.A. Taste: "Hotdogs & Happy Hour with Zimmermann"


Oct 19th - Nov 10th
Second Floor Exhibition Space
Curated by Sergio Gomez

Video/Photography: by Digital Distortion Productions & A.F.T.A.

By Hope Taylor | A.F.T.A.

If you don't know local artist Jeff Zimmermann, just spend a day strolling around Chicago and you are sure to see some of his nostalogic work. Living and working in the Pilsen area, I was taken back by seeing such works of art covering the buildings and alleyways.  His use of modern pop culture, bright colors and grandeur portraits silently speak for themselves while leaving the final narrative up to you.

I find it a real talent he uses local faces as his characters to paint a story that is so raw, in-form. The subjective and subliminal messages take on a life of their own as he intertwined his passion for local community and informing us of the past and present.

Zimmermann uses the faces of the everyday person leaving us to think within ourselves, is there even such a thing? In leaving out the idolized identities we are oversaturated with in today's media, he opens up new doors for a personalized and universal story to exist in his work.

Bells of symbolism ring throughout his collection with a bright color scheme and three-dimensional attention to detail. Guns, Lips, Lollipops, Chicago Style Hotdogs as well as his series of “Love Knots” all nail down an implied meaning while keeping a playful edge. Zimmermann’s larger collage elements seem to dance in the negative space of his canvas so well, leaving the the right amount of breathing room in between.

I could go on and on about Jeff Zimmermann’s work, BUT you should just go check it out for yourself!


Zhou B Art Center

1029 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609

Second Floor Exhibition Space

Oct 19th - Nov 10th