February 9th, 2012 by hachaduryan



Location: Chicago, IL

Genre: Rock’n’Roll, Soul




We have always loved “the Chicago sound” and listening to Filligar always feels great! We are happy to present you this amazing band!


Filligar is an American rock band based in Chicago, Illinois and New England. The band was formed in 2000 by brothers Johnny, Teddy and Pete Mathias and their childhood friend Casey Gibson. The lineup has always remained the same. Filligar has written and recorded seven albums and over 70 original songs. The first two albums were recorded in a Chicago studio under the name Flipside, while the quartet was still in their early teens. They invented the name Filligar and have since released four albums recorded at Gravity Studios in Chicago that have been met with critical acclaim.

Filligar’s music has been inspired by a wide variety of artists and styles. The band lists their influences as Wilco, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Band, Sufjan Stevens, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, The Flaming Lips, and Air. They have played with artists such as The Black Keys, The Cool Kids, Bobby Ray, Ponytail (band), Eve 6, Otis Day and The Knights and Stroke 9.

Filligar is considered one of the top college bands in the country. They have long been among the most popular bands on MTVu’s Best Music on Campus [3]. Their album Near or Far reached the College Music Journal (CMJ) Top 200 in March 2009. The Chicago Reader deemed them ‘College-rock revivalists’[4]. All four members currently attend college on the east coast of the United States. Casey attends Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. Peter, Teddy and Johnny attend Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. The band has played on campuses around the country and will continue with college tours in Spring and Fall of 2009. They have played on campus at Middlebury College, Colby College, RISD, Hamilton College, NYU, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California, Northwestern University, Sewanee (University of the South), Dartmouth College and Washington University.

Filligar has received national media attention from newspapers such as The Chicago Tribune[5] and The Chicago Sun-Times[6] as well as top music blogs such as I Guess I’m Floating[7]. They have had tracks featured on MTV’s The Real World, College Life, and Buzzin’. Filligar’s ‘The Things Outside’ was used as the opening song for the 2009 Vans Triple Crown of Surf.




“Influenced by classic rock, blues, and American trad rock, Filligar took root in Chicago in 2000. Brothers Pete (drums), Johnny (guitars, vocals), and Teddy Mathias (bass) comprised the band’s familial core, while longtime friend Casey Gibson completed the lineup with his background vocals and keyboard skills. Still in their early teens, the bandmates issued three albums under the name Flipside before adopting their new moniker for 2004’s Hoofbeats & Heat. The following year saw the release of Filligar, a self-titled album that gained the band its first significant amount of local airplay. Released in 2006, Succession, I Guess saw even more success, and Filligar continued to tour and record even as the bandmembers attended college. The City Tree arrived in 2007, garnering radio play from markets throughout the U.S. as well as a warm endorsement from Chicago-based music critic Jim DeRogatis. Meanwhile, a song from the band’s previous record, Succession, I Guess, was used during an episode of The Real World, and Filligar eventually landed TV spots on additional networks. The band cracked the College Music Journal charts with the release of 2008’s Near or Far and opened for the Black Keys the following year. The Nerve followed in 2010, spawning a headlining tour that included sold-out performances at venues in New York and L.A.

~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi”





For more information about the band go to

Official Website





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