In the earliest days of Wendyfix, extended, minimalist winter jams were the order of the day, partly out of necessity. These were not virtuosic players; Chicago’s cold turned band practice into hibernation. Their first live set consisted entirely of a single twenty-minute cover of New Order’s Temptation.
Here, that approach serves both sides of the original lineup’s early personality: the tense, terse, arm’s-length side (“M/F”) and the optimistic-enough-to-switch-on-the-chorus-pedal side (“Clarion”).
This is the quiet, raw sound of three teenagers placing bets on what they thought was supposed to come next.