Our in-house record label is a unique example of an evolved relationship between music venue and artist. Beyond just providing a stage for bands to perform on, we've taken the relationship one step further by providing some of our favorite local artists with the means of producing, distributing, and promoting their music. Much like the music on our stage, Whistler Records' catalog features an eclectic mix of everything from rock and pop to jazz and hip-hop.
If The Whistler has a house band, it's Matt Ulery's Loom. They were the first band to perform at The Whistler (10/8/2008) and have played nearly 30 shows here since then. Loom has been captivating audiences around Chicago since 2005. Quickly following their first release, Music Box Ballerina (2008) and Ulery’s solo effort, Themes and Scenes (2009), Loom released a groundbreaking 10" single, The Queen (2010), in anticipation of their second full length album, Flora.Fauna.Fervor (2011).
Loom's music, while coming from the American and European jazz traditions, is also influenced by folk music from the Americas and Eastern Europe, as well as indie rock from all over the world. Featuring highly syncopated rhythms, modern jazz harmony, and improvisation, Matt Ulery’s music has been described as “cinematic and fanciful”, and according to the Chicago Reader's Peter Margasak “like a seedling unfurling from the soil… each player – and each style and tradition the band draws on – is like a thread in a sumptuous fabric.”