From the Band
Model Stranger hails from the Windy City where they have been a staple of the Chicago independent music scene for the past 7 years, playing to larger and more raucous crowds each time out.
The band is made up of lead singer/guitarist Stephen Francis, bassist Kevin James and drummer Brad Elliott. The trio is occasionally joined on stage by Tom Miller (keys) and Aaron Hosek (guitar/vocals) of Chicago band Bullet Called Life as well. Model Stranger grew their initial following under the band name “Reverie” prior to announcing a switch early November 2009. The change came in anticipation of the release of their new album.
In November 2008 alongside Bullet Called Life and 7 other bands, Model Stranger (then Reverie) formed “Chicago Noise Machine”, a musical collective hell bent on better promoting the city’s talented local musicians. After a sold out launch party at the Cubby Bear last year, Model Stranger and CNM hosted “I AM FEST” at the Congress Theater - a 25-band, 2-stage affair that saw a massive crowd of over 2800 people.
Since I AM FEST, Model Stranger has been playing and touring nonstop, including shows at the Taste of Chicago and Chicagoland Speedway, a 15-show-in-16-day summer 2009 swing out to the East Coast and a swing down to Little Rock, AR.
Model Stranger has built its reputation primarily on its high energy live performances and the variety of its sonic influences. Their sound has drawn comparison to bands as diverse as The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Elliott Smith, Bright Eyes, Silverchair, Radiohead or Muse.
Recordings with dates:
Shaky Coma (2007)
A Boy & His Crown (2008)
New Record (TBA) (2010)