The Gorilla Press

June 29th, 2011 - NEW SONGS!

Hello there! As proof of progress with our new record, we've decided to share a few of the new tunes. Check out our music player!

Also, don't forget to come see us perform at Pancho's on July 13th. We will be performing some new material from the record, so you don't want to miss it.

May 5, 2011 - LP in the works - honest

In light of a number of false starts toward doing our 2nd record, we finally decided to do it the old fashion way- and so we spent a couple of days in a really nice studio with a really swell engineer and managed to get down 10 songs, all recorded live. Yeah, it was a marathon of caffeine and adrenalin. We still have a small amount of work to do in terms of some additional tracking and mixing, but it's coming! (Did we mention it will feature two brand new songs?)

Jul 9, 2010 - On Tour, New Songs, Homecoming Show!

Hi from Cincinatti, everyone! We've been up to a lot in the last few months. We lost a drummer and then gained a new one (introducing the mighty Reid Erickson), we finally started recording material for our next record, we're right now on our very first tour, and we're playing a welcome home show when we get back! Sorry we have not been so diligent about updating the site, but we've been busy living life, as they say. Here are some details on the above:

Beat Kitchen
July 21, 8pm, $8 at the door
with Michael Runion and ???

TOUR (incl. pictures and video)
We really meant to do this last summer but things didn't pan out. Kind of a mini tour, but pretty world changing for us nonetheless, we hit NYC, Louisville, Pittsburgh, and Cincinatti over a week, met a ton of amazing new friends/musicians, and got in several uninterrupted days of recording (see 'demos' below). We've been busily uploading photos, video, etc. Here are some links for your viewing pleasure:

YouTube channel -
Twitter -

Marc's dad & his wife were generous enough to let us invade their Louisville home and use their basement as a recording studio for several days during our tour. Please check out the audio player for some teasers (unmixed! unmastered!) from the new record. We sincerely hope you enjoy.

Not really news, but he's just excited about it, and maybe it will make an appearance soon...

Feb 21, 2010 – New Music Video (+ Making Of) – Anger in the Drains

We’re extremely thrilled to present to you our new music video for Anger in the Drains, directed by the brilliant Ichiro Hino:

Please also take a moment to check out this awesome “making of” video thanks to the folks at Click Here

Sep 24, 2009 – Elbo Room Live Global Webcast Oct 4

Hi all, we’ll be live-webcasting our Oct 4 Elbo Room show in Chicago at 10pm. We are entirely thrilled that our friends & family who live so very far away will have a chance to see us play- in the comfort of their own homes! Shazam!

You have to sign up to the site to view the webcast, but it’s free. Here’s a link, which you can check out at showtime:

Sync Live

Praise be to teh Intarweb!

The Gorilla Press debut new Ichiro Hino-directed music video / Sept 10, 2009

Chicago indie rock outfit The Gorilla Press have released a new music video for the track “Abuse Your Sight” from their 2008 self-titled debut album. The video was directed by Ichiro Hino, who is best known for his videography work with Chicago Japanese punk band Plastic Soy Sauce. You can catch The Gorilla Press on October 4 at the Elbo Room, but in the mean time, enjoy their rad new video, which features some pretty sweet shadow interplay:


CHICAGO (AUG 30, 2008) – Alt/indie rock band, The Gorilla Press, have released their first full-length record and will be announcing local and regional show dates to support it.

Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, The Gorilla Press recorded & released their eponymous debut independently. The CD, which includes nine new tracks by the band, it is available at and select stores, and can be previewed on the band’s Web page at

Drawing comparisons to artists such as Radiohead, Pink Floyd, and Nada Surf, the band makes use of haunting dynamics, angular guitars, shimmering synths and Rhodes, multi-part vocal harmonies, and pulsing bass lines to paint a portrait of desperate hope and love under the watchful eyes of an Orwellian Big Brother.

When asked about his inspiration for the record, frontman Chris Kang replies, “I’ve worked for years for big companies, for corporations. They pay well and the work seems easy and enticing… but they’re all cogs in this big machine that makes money by helping someone else make money. Every day I pour all my effort and thought into some karmic black hole. There are so many things that get swept aside to make room for deadlines. Love, duty, respect, and humility toward each other and our world. But it’s all there like a deep sealed well, and all we have to do is remember. Hopefully this record will help a little with that.”

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Next Show:

MAGNOLIA BAR (Louisville, KY)
Saturday, October 22nd @ 8PM

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The Gorilla Press is a Chicago, IL indie / experimental / post-rock outfit that has been compared to such artists as Radiohead, Mogwai, and early Foo Fighters. The multi-instrumentalist five-piece typically features Reid Erickson on drums, Brian Pavloff on keyboards, Marc Stranger-Najjar on bass, Kirill Orlov on guitars, and Chris Kang on lead vocals & guitars. Its members can regularly be found switching instruments and contributing to layered vocal harmonies, picking up a melodica or mandolin, or hammering on guitars with a tambourine through layers of delay.

The group came together a piece at a time in Chicago, beginning when new roommates Kang and Stranger-Najjar found common ground in post- and progressive-rock. After cycling in and out several prospective bandmates, the addition of longtime collaborators Erickson and Orlov, as well as the classically-trained but Zappa-inspired keyboardist Pavloff, completed the lineup over the next two years.

Owing much influence to their classical training, yet holding closely to the swerving and clanging ethos of brooding, angular guitar rock and songwriting, the group quickly assembled enough material for their first album. The eponymous record was tracked and engineered by Shiraz Dada of Maps and Atlases and released independently. This first offering contains an honest and expressive imprint of the band’s sound, engineered meticulously but devoid of excessive production. The Gorilla Press has gone on to play several of Chicago’s staple venues including appearances at Bottom Lounge, Martyrs', and Elbo Room. The group has earned a reputation for an incendiary live show, where each member's obvious confidence and command of the stage guide the audience through the set. No corner of the stage is off limits and frontman Kang's hands will often leave his guitar to gesture wildly along to the lyrics as the other members jump, shake, spin, and bang each song through to completion. [+]