By Mabel Suen
By Cassie Kohler
By Evan C. Jones
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By Roy Kasten
As soon as emo culture hit Hot Topic, indie music took a quick U-turn toward optimism. This onslaught of saccharine bands was enough to give anyone diabetes, but there were a few standouts i.e. The Hush Sound, Jack's Mannequin, This Is Me Smiling and the newest success story, Chicago's Treaty of Paris. High-energy, smile-inducing and vocally driven by the endearing Mike Chorvat (take the clean resonance of Hot Rod Circuit's Andrew Jackson and mate it with Chris Carrabba's nasally vibrato; don't be scared, it's surprisingly delightful), Treaty of Paris pens the most infectious, toe-tapping songs this side of Fall Out Boy. But a true testament of Treaty's talent is how the quintet integrates elements of '60s nostalgia-pop into ambitious, unpredictable melodies; each song seems pleasantly familiar, yet unexpectedly innovative. How's that for optimism?
Kristyn Pomranz 5 p.m. Friday, July 13. Creepy Crawl, 3524 Washington Boulevard. $8 to $11. 314-531-3888.
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