Friday, January 16, 2009

10 Jan 09

“…wanna start a revolution…” Makeshift Prodigy

Hey, Fearless fans, you missed another spectacular all-ages show at the famous Metro. However this wasn’t your ordinary show either. It was live and in 3D color! The first five hundred in attendance were given special 3D glasses to see the cool images on a screen. Fearless bands such as A Birdsong Valentine and Simplistic Urge rocked the stage in front of a near sold-out crowd. Also included in the lineup were Minus the Girl and Makeshift Prodigy with Moxxy headlining.

Though it wasn’t a CD Release set as billed for Minus the Girl, this band opened the show with a strong performance. Fans were enjoying the images of space and underwater seas on the screen while jamming to the music. Meanwhile, Eric of Heavy the Fall was an excellent replacement filling in Oscar’s guitarist role for A Birdsong Valentine’s set. Dan, lead vocalist also of Heavy the Fall, sang backup vocals with Brian during Sink or Swim and Rest in Peace. Chris, lead vocalist of Moxxy, joined Simplistic Urge during their final number which totally rocked down the Metro. Despite having some minor technical difficulties, Moxxy proved they had star power to headline the Metro stage. Overall, each band performing Saturday certainly didn’t disappoint their fans. However the highlight of this all-ages show was the awesome performance by Makeshift Prodigy.

Stating that SouthSide was impressed by their set would be a gross understatement. She was absolutely blown away by Makeshift Prodigy’s performance at the Metro. Think of them as the indie version of Coldplay in the local scene. Their songs criss-crossed all music genres that quickly won this reviewer over. It had a unique combination of experimental sounds and powerpop rhythms fused with some hiphop/lyrical rap and rock too. It was the type of music that touched your senses and sparked the imagination. Fans instantly felt that energetic vibe after the opening song, Sirens. Performing other songs off their new EP, Welcome to the World, Makeshift Prodigy not only in fused the listener with music but also with a timely message. They could have started a revolution the way the crowd responded one song nicely titled Revolution. Never had SouthSide seen a band energize its audience in the way they did. Fearless fans, it was a totally incredible show from start to finish. Even their new song, This Is the End, fired up the fan momentum for more when the set was over. SouthSide highly recommends experiencing the sights and sounds of Makeshift Prodigy at their next performance. For more information about this band and their music, visit them at or

Until next time, Fearless fans, support local indie artists and music


  1. Makeshift Prodigy has been entertaining me with their music for years. Every show is remarkable and it just keeps getting better and better!

  2. I second that! Just when I think it can't get any better-it does!! The highlight of my week is the moment Anthony, Jake, Joe, Dave, and Brandon step on stage. The music they create is magical-and sweeps you away into another world. Can't wait to see them again at Reggie's this weekend!

  3. God, little did i know what I was getting myself into when I went to my first makeshift prodigy show. I was instantly sucked in to their passion and eagerness which is something the local scene in chicago is known for. But besides that, and what makes them stand out, is their energy and outstanding talent. This band will go really far, and I'm glad you (and everyone else) can see that from just one performance.


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