Chicago's Dead Rider has released three distinctly different albums since forming in 2008. But frontman Todd Rittmann says that's not the result of any sort of definitive game plan.
"It's not really like there's some bit, sit-down meeting where we draw a target on a map and set our sights on it," explains Rittmann, 44, who founded Dead Rider after the demise of his previous group, U.S. Maple. "It's more of an organic thing that's jsut kind of taken on its own evolution. It's just more of a coming together of the four of us and where we're at and why we play music."
Sonically experimental and dynamically adventurous, Dead Rider's new "Chills On Glass," which came out in March, is the most ambitious of the group's three albums so far. Rittmann says its 10 tracks combine existing ideas -- including some created in live performance -- with new creations in the studio, but what they all share is a defiant goal to not conform to standard musical approaches.
"That's something that wasn't a conscious decision, either, but has just kind of developed into a pattern that now seems to be the M.O. of, 'Let's come up with a different way of coming up with stuff every time,' "explains Rittmann, who also operates a house painting business and an audio mastering operation in the Windy City. "It should be interesting and fun and surprising and challenging.
"That's what this group is all about to us. I wonder just how long we can keep it going, how many ideas there are -- hopefully a lot, you know?"
Dead Rider, Child Bite and Clay Rendering & Lizerrd perform Wednesday, May 21, at the Pike Room in the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.
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