shaw-push-component-1 Get to know local metal band Trashcan Symphony and find out where its playing.


Jess, vocals; Joel, vocals; Brian, guitars/keys; Axe, guitars; Bex, bass; Mike, drums.


Oct. 6 - Tailgater’s
Oct. 19 - Bannerman’s
Nov. 17 - America’s Bar

How did the band get its name?
We liked the idea of two conflicting terms. Also, we wanted something that lended itself easily to images and taglines.

What towns are each of your band members from?
Crystal Lake, South Elgin, Naperville, Streamwood and Hoffman Estates

How did the band get started?
Three college friends who played on and off over the years got the bug and decided to do it right this time around. The other three members of TCS were added over a three-month period and the band was born.

Describe the music you play.
Hard rock, rock and pop cover songs from the ’70s through today. We play many songs and artists true to the originals, but we like to “trash-up” some as well and make them our own.

What makes your act different?
The band limits the number of gigs it plays so new songs are added for almost every show. TCS has never played the same set list twice, and uses no pre-recorded music or backing tracks to create its sound.

Who are your three biggest influences?
There are a wide variety with our diverse members.Everything from Led Zeppelin to Pink to Metallica.

Discuss the best concert you’ve ever seen
The original “Monsters of Rock Tour” in 1988 at Alpine Valley is up there featuring Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken.

Why should people come see you (in 50 words or less)?
We try hard to play songs people love but don’t get to hear everyday. The shows are fun, and we put a lot of work into making the songs sound good and that everyone has a good time.

What is the best thing about being a musician?
It’s a great escape from reality. Also, the instant gratification from the audience is always a rush.

Pick one: Chuck Berry or Elvis Presley?

Pick one: Michael Jackson or Madonna?

What’s the strangest thing that has happened to you while performing?
Nothing that can be printed, I’m afraid...