Side Hug


Side Hug formed in 2017, when three of the four members met while scooping ice cream on the North Side of Chicago. During a cold winter, when the ice cream shop was closed, the band recorded some of their first pop-tinged folk songs. Those songs later appeared on “Also,” their first EP. Two years later, with the addition of a fourth member, Side Hug took on a dreamier sound with their second EP “Wasted Summer” – evoking the nostalgia of a blazing and heartbroken Chicago summer.

Their newest single “Conversations” – featuring Lyd Landor (vocals/guitar), Allan Cardenas (lead guitar), Yuda Goldbloom (bass), and Christian Ovalle (drums) – continues to embrace themes of unrequited love, adding layers of grit to their sentimental sound. Where the band’s name hints at awkwardness, these boys bring a sound that’s anything but.

Side Hug has played with acts such as Jungle Giants, Tallies, and Chicago locals Beach Bunny.