Queer indie rock band Modern Nun celebrates everyday little deities with their new self-released debut EP, Last name. The Chicago trio accompany their melodies with loose, relaxed guitars and straightforward drums, playing at a leisurely pace that allows their rich vocal harmonies to stand out with high-pitched relief. These harmonies come together in the quiet moments of Modern Nun’s minimal songs, their inviting comfort accentuating the sweet cadence of the music. Singer and guitarist Edie McKenna pays homage to small joys that can be bought and delivers her lyrics with a lot of heart; on “Silk House” she makes a metaphor for the plants she brought to life with her green thumb, and finds beauty even in their flaws (“And everything I grow in my garden is green / And even rotten tomatoes look clean “). In a recent history of the Block Club, McKenna and his band mates, guitarist Lee Simmons and drummer Haley Webster, describe the strain and pain they endured growing up queer in religious homes. From the sound of Last name, they conjured up a spirituality together to replace one they shouldn’t have been denied in the first place.
The Laughing Hearts, Dunedogs, modern nun, Thu 1/13, 8 p.m., Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, $ 15, $ 13 in advance, 18+