Bakelight 78 is practically the house band over at Chicago’s Hideout. They, along with Devil In a Woodpile, have found a second home in this out of the way hole in the wall. It’s somewhat fitting that the bands name comes from an early form of plastic used to make records since they strive to emulate that early jazz/folk/blues sound.
Bakelite 78 has been recording their new album in Como, Mississippi with Jimbo Mathus of Squirrel Nut Zippers fame. In interviews with the band it’s clear that they see themselves as a punk rock type entity and on “President Can’t Be Reached” you can hear some of that fire and brimstone anti-Bush rhetoric shining through. This song will be on the new record, due sometime this winter. The band plays tomorrow, Friday, at Old Town School Of Folk Music.