ODE - Triumphant Return to Montrose Saloon w/ The Bon Mots

Event Information

Date & Time:Sat, 10/05/2019 - 9:00pm - Sun, 10/06/2019 - 12:00am

ODE at Montrose Saloon with The Bon Mots

Saturday, October 5th; 9 pm to midnight
$5 cash money / 21+


Ode is an indie rock band that specializes in combining elements of Balkan folk music with hints of Dark Americana and World Punk.

Davor Palos-Vox
Robert Palos-Guitar
Nikola Dokic-Guitar
Elliot Taggart--bass
Daniel Crane-drums

Brothers Robert and Davor Palos decided to name their Chicago-based band Ode, Bosnian for “to leave,” as a way to memorialize their roots. They grew up in Bosnia, but sought a new life in Chicago, and this five-piece rock band decidedly embraces the sound of America in its smoldering grooves and moody atmosphere, with deft propulsion offered by drummer Daniel Crane, bassist Elliot Taggart and rhythm guitarist Nikola Dokic.

As heard on the band’s recent debut album Hotel Bristol, Ode draws influences from a variety of alt-rock icons such as Alice in Chains and Nick Cave, but there’s no missing the fact that the Palos brothers retain the strong flavor of their homeland, particularly in the nimble melodic guitar patterns played by Robert, which tap directly into a rich legacy of Balkan folk, while singer Davor mines a theatrical style somewhere between vintage Scott Walker and Bono.

Together the quintet moves seamlessly between shimmering balladry and muscular hard rock, as a dynamic lattice of guitar work pivots between airy arpeggios, beefy power chords, and elaborate unison runs in unusual time signatures. Ode doesn’t wear its Eastern European influence brazenly, but enfolds those ideas naturally within its highly tuneful, unapologetically dramatic attack. It’s no wonder its recent record release concert touched on a wide variety of multimedia elements, as the music seems to convey the full impact of a theater piece rather than a simple rock concert.


The Bon Mots have recorded three albums receiving ace reviews in: SPIN (A-), Chicago Reader, AllMusic (5 stars), Chicago Tribune, Amplifier, Jack Rabid's Big Takeover, Magnet, The Chicago Sun-Times, Chicagoist, New City, and many others.

The Bon Mots have shared bills with Son Volt, Nada Surf, Cracker, Bob Mould, The Church, The Minders, and many great bands local to Chicago - as well as playing Lollapalooza ('06).

Bon Mots are one of the most promising new bands out there. A-

Jangly psychedelic/power-pop draws on Byrds and Zombies but rises to the top of this always-overcrowded genre by virtue of strong songwriting, swirling production.

Understated irony frequently underscores bittersweet melodies.

Bon Mots just may be Chicago's best-kept secret. Four Stars.

Mike Coy - vocals, guitar, bass
Eric Chial - vocals, guitar, bass
Chris Frantisak - bass, keyboards, vocals
Neal Ostrovsky - drums, percussion, vocals

(1) le Main Drag
(2) Forty Days and Forty Nights with The Bon Mots
(3) Best Revenge

Venue Information

Name:Montrose Saloon
Address:2933 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago, IL 60618
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