You might have walked around the city and noticed some mysterious street art plastered on the walls. An ice cream cone, a handgun and the Chicago Bulls logo accompany the phrase “Summer in Pain.” The street art served as an introduction, almost three years in the making, for artist Jimmy Whispers. So, how does one man not only grow a fan base and keep them in anticipation for his debut album, but also get a call from Pitchfork Music Festival?
This week, Jimmy released his much anticipated album via SoundCloud and it delivered. Jimmy belts out an LP about heartbreak, pain and love. Simply put, Summer in Pain is catchy. Jimmy crafts his 10 song, 25 minute album by himself, pre-recording keyboard demos on a Thomas electric organ and singing his tunes into his iPhone.
Jimmy gives back to the city of Chicago by holding benefit shows for Cure Violence. Middle Brow Brewery even developed a Summer in Pain Ale to help Jimmy’s cause, donating half the profits of its sale for Cure Violence. With all the backing Jimmy has been receiving, it’s no wonder Pitchfork soon came calling. With his pending performance at Pitchfork on July 18, it’s beginning to shape up as the summer of Jimmy.
Support Jimmy Whispers rise to prominence and listen to his SoundCloud below. Also, stream his LP exclusively on Spin.