Ravens began their journey as a song, not a band. A fun collaboration that quickly blossomed into a full blown Hard-Pop-Grunge melting pot of back stories and musical experience. That debut single and video, the self-titled “Ravens” had thousands of views and hits within days. Ravens was born and came into the world with a natural buzz within the Chicago music scene.
The band started in late 2017 when guitarist Dee J Nelson ran into lead vocalist Eric Liljehorn at a King’s-X show in Chicago. A few quick words, a potential collaboration and mutual love for all things musical. The two began working on a few of Dee J’s songs together and both could tell something right away was simply “clicking”.Shortly after the release of “Ravens” it was clear a full band was in order. Ravens was joined by two Chicago area veterans, drummer Chris Hagen of 16 Candles and bassist Mike Streicher . With a mixed bag rhythm section of 80’s cover band drummer and hard rock bassist, Ravens was well on their way to their own flavor and sound. It makes for the perfect cornerstone to Dee J’s unique guitar writing style.
Ravens haunted\fun house sounds sit comfortably somewhere in between Kings X and Audioslave to White Zombie and Korn with a flare for 90’s grunge sprinkled on top.
Still in the honeymoon phase, Ravens is excited from the early responses to their material and the enthusiasm of those that have heard them so far. The response has been nothing short of overwhelming and increasingly encouraging.
Chicago area natives, Ravens looks to expand on their already growing audience outside the Windy City and expand into the Midwest and beyond.
Eric Liljehorn - Vocals & Random Banter
Dee J Nelson - Guitar & Vox
Mike Streicher - Bass & Vox
Jim Bluthardt - Drums & Funky Sounding stuff