20 Things from Makeshift Prodigy

Posted by Jason Petros on April 15, 2009

makeshiftprodigyMakeshift Prodigy, a friend of CIMR and one of the better acts coming out of Chicago these days has been previously reviewed by us here.  Their 5 piece hybrid rock band has a little something for all genre lovers – punk inspired rhythm, hip-hop synths, Radiohead effected piano, and rock guitar infused with tasteful, and original sounding riffs.  They’ll be playing at Metro this Saturday, April 18th for an all ages show.  They are headlining and judging from some of the videos on Youtube from their last show, you might want to show up early.  None the less,  the lead singer, Anthony, and lead guitar player, Jake, have been gracious enough to take the time to provide us with 20 things musical they enjoy:


20 Things from Makeshift Prodigy: 

Top 5 songs out Right now:


Radiohead – 15 Step

Incubus – Dig

Kings of Leon – Use Somebody

One day as a lion – Wild International

N.E.R.D. – Spaz




Kings of Leon – Sex is on Fire

Killers (new single)

Jason Mraz – Lucky

Katie Perry – Thinking of you



Top 5 Singers of all time:


This is a tough one due to the differences in pure talent and being innovative… but these work:


Ray Charles – One of the most unique & credible voices of all time. The people Ray Charles influenced throughout his long-lasting carreer are countless, and alot of our favorite artists wouldn’t have been without Ray’s influence.


Nina Simone – Nina Simone was quite possibly THE musical voice of the civil rights movement, her unique tone and powerful voice conveys the pain and beauty that many people we’re unable to channel during this time. Single-handedly changed my opinion on what makes a great singer.


Robert Plant – Granted, Robert Plant was also part of arguably THE greatest rock band ever, he was and still remains one of the most innovative and powerful voices throughout music. Led Zeppelin’s range from blues to rock and roll was always perfectly complemented and driven by the wailing and soaring vocals of Robert Plant.


Freddie Mercury – The flamboyant and ever present Freddie Mercury’s vocals we’re and forever will be one of the most powerful and moving influences in music history. The vibrato in Freddie’s voice is so strong it’s impossible not to recognize upon listening matched with his stunning stage presence in live performance he seemed unstoppable. However he would indeed be stopped by a losing fight with HIV/AIDS.


Janis Joplin – Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Patsy Cline could all be at the top of this list, but the voice that stands out in music more uniquely and untouched to this day is Janis Joplin. It’s not in the most beautiful voice, but the most remarkable tone. The heart and passion that Janis put into her voice was something that will echo throughout history forever. 



John Lennon (Beatles)

Paul McCartney (Beatles)

Thom Yorke (Radiohead)

Robert Plant (Led Zepplin)

Bono (U2)



Top 2 unsigned local bands (besides yourself)


Hmm I would have to say Everett Thomas & Owl City



Empires (Chicago)

American Taxi…i know i know they just got signed



 Top 3 Places to play in Chicago


The Metro

The Chicago Theatre

Aragon Ballroom



Top 3 places to play





Top 5 Reasons We should come to the show Saturday



If you’re looking for something that is innovative and thought inspiring and  if your want to hear something genuine and out of the ordinary, Impulsive, radiant, passionate, and an unforgettable live experience, then you need to come out. 



It’s our first Headlining gig @ Metro and we’ll be debuting some new material from our new EP Mathmatica.  Also, the music is far more articulate then we could ever be.  Not to mention hitchhiking is dangerous & Radiohead just isn’t in town.  Besides all of this, would be honored to have you.


I’ll definitely be there at the show, if you are there, seek me out, I’ll buy ya a beer while we enjoy an emotionally driven rock show. 




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