Matt Harmon has a lot on his plate. The 25-year-old DIY musician and concert organizer is the bassist in mathy screamo quintet Suffix and plays guitar and sings for a punk trio called Cloud Mouth, which is about to drop a new six-song 12-inch, That Ghost Is Always With Me (Ice Age), and on July 2 will embark on a monthlong tour of the eastern U.S. He and his younger brother John, who plays bass in Cloud Mouth, also run a newish Logan Square venue called Strangelight, which will host an ambitious indie record fair this Saturday, June 26, featuring more than 40 midwestern labels, crafters, and zine makers.
I’d previously written about Matt and John Harmon and their venue, Strangelight. But, there was always more to say about the Harmons, and thank goodness that the folks at the Chicago Reader thought so, too. They let me run with this piece. Of course, a big thanks goes out to the Harmon brothers for letting me bother them at work, home and at any time of day. They really do care about the work they do, and Strangelight is all the better for it. Extra props to Ryan Durkin at Hewhocorrupts Inc. Records, Algernon Cadwallader bassist and singer Peter Helmis, Lautrec bassist Hannah Rosner, and anyone and everyone who attended a Strangelight show and have helped make that place special.