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Based out of Chicago, The Struggs released their debut record, The Way Things Used To Be, on October 4, 2016 to a positive response. Straight forward, sincere, catchy, pop-rock with a touch of folk and alt. country is what this 6 piece does best. Inspired by artists like Butch Walker, Counting Crows, The Lumineers, and Dawes, the band is excited to have their original music released to the world.
Throughout late 2016-2018, the band played shows in Illinois and Iowa tweaking their live show along the way. Playing mostly music from their first record, the writing continued. On January 5, 2018, the Struggs released a 3 song acoustic EP called 3 In G. Their 2nd LP, Laundry List of Ghosts was released on May 3, 2019.
Vocals, Guitar / Bryan Adamick
Vocals, percussion / Jennifer Fletcher
Lead Guitar / Keys, Harmonica / Adam GF
Bass, Mandolin / Matt Straub
Drums / Adam Metcalf
Chase Ventrella is singer/songwriter and a multi-instrumentalist currently based in the greater Chicagoland area. With the lyrical influences of Bob Dylan and Colin Meloy of the Decemberists, Chase’s music falls in realm of Americana, or Indie Folk Rock. His lyrics are sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, and always relatable. Musically, he draws from many influences, some of these are The Beatles, Brian Wilson, CAKE, The Mountain Goats, Nathaniel Rateliff, Ben Folds, Shakey Graves, Elliott Smith, and Jeff Tweedy (Wilco).
Chase, originally inspired by his grandfather, started playing saxophone in band in elementary school. He picked up a guitar starting at age 12, and subsequently moved to piano six years later. Since then, he’s dabbled at just about every instrument he can get his hands on.
Chase released his first album, Sabotage the Guillotine (under the name Chase Bowman), produced by Jeremy Ellingsen at Swingset Sound, in June of 2015, shortly after his daughter was born. He took a short break from the music scene when his son was born two years later, but now with two toddlers at home, he has found new motivation, and a plethora of new material, to dive back in to his creative musical endeavors.