February 21

Half Gringa, The Nunnery

9:30 pm

Half Gringa, The Nunnery

An emotional scab-picker, Half Gringa‘s work explores the confluence of Latinx and Midwestern identity. Her first LP, Gruñona, reveals a palimpsest of wounds upon scars. Contemplative and choleric, all manner of memorials to the past are revealed—mountains, dive bars, orchards, trains, expressways, tiny kitchens, Chicago, Caracas, and outer space. With a full band, Half Gringa’s debut coaxes confession after confession out of Olive’s insistent guitar and undaunted vocals; Andres Fonseca’s tender bass lines; Sam Cantor’s impish, mesmerizing guitar; and crowned by Ivan Pyzow’s trumpet swagger. Simultaneously boastful, scathing, forgiving, and hopeful, Gruñona confronts the human ache of wanting and curse of taking. It recognizes that an identity is a journey that names you.

Gruñona was named one of Chicago Magazine’s 10 Best Chicago Albums This Year: “Few artists are cutting records with the intelligence of Izzy Olive, the avant-garde indie singer-songwriter who performs as Half Gringa. The Carbondale native’s brand of alternative folk, which incorporates chamber rock and jazz, is decidedly blunt in its lyrics and scope, tackling issues of class and violence in jarringly plain verse. Chicago has been a breeding ground for boundary-pushing female songwriters—from Liz Phair to Angel Olsen—and Gruñona has Olive primed for the same type of breakout.” —Britt Julious

“The Nunnery uses reverb and vocal looping to layer her dreamy voice and produce ambient works of art. Her first solo album, Dreameriz, dropped on June 10, and is currently available to stream and purchase on Bandcamp. The eight tracks are all a capella; James’ voice and a loop pedal are the only instruments used.” continue reading…

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