Bev Rage & the Drinks
Bev Rage & the Drinks are a loud, fast, and brash queer garage-pop band from Chicago. Fronted by guitarist Beverly Rage, a 7- foot tall drag queen with hair and heels, the band is known for their colorful live shows of all original music.
The long awaited sophomore LP Exes & Hexes on What’s For Breakfast? Records was released into the world on August 13th, 2022. Recorded and produced by Brian Fox at Altered States, the album is a departure from their prior lo-fi recordings. The album is bigger, louder, and more complex with the band welcoming new members Mary Rose Gonzales (drums, The Darts) and Dan Jarvis (lead guitar, Diagonal, Black Glass) into the lineup in 2019. Bev (vocals and rhythm guitar) and Sam Westerling (bass, vocals, Swimsuit Addition) round out the band. Exes & Hexes includes more mature tracks exploring the intricacies of mental health from a queer perspective (“Machines Get Cleaned” & “Confident”) but the fun tongue in cheek songs (“Perfect Guy” & “Hollywood Beach”) that Bev is known for are still peppered in.
Six music video singles are being released for “Exes & Hexes” with the first lead single “Permanent Receptionist” being produced and directed by New Trash. Pick up the 11-track album — pressed locally at Smashed Plastic — on August 13, 2022.
Bev Rage & the Drinks are:
Beverly Rage (lead vocals, guitar)
Sam Westerling (bass, vocals) formerly Swimsuit Addition
Mary Rose Gonzales (drums) The Darts, formerly Mystery Actions
Dan Jarvis (lead guitar, vocals) Diagonal, Black Glass
Stream the New Album
“Exes & Hexes”
Notable Past Shows
Notable Club Shows/Tours:
2023: Pansy Division support tour of Midwest.
2022: Four US Midwest/South tours
2019: Two Midwest tours
2018: One Midwest tour
2016: One Midwest tour
The Metro w/ Adore Delano
Beat Kitchen w/ Pansy Division
7th Street Entry w/ Pansy Division
X-Ray Arcade w/ Pansy Division
Riot Fest Aftershow, Empty Bottle, Chicago w/ Bully (Sold Out)
Schubas, Chicago “Exes & Hexes” album release (Sold Out)
Sleeping Village, Chicago w/ Man on Man
Schubas, Chicago w/ Detroit Cobras
Liar’s Club, Chicago w/ Josie Cotton
Lincoln Hall, Chicago w/ Marc Ribellet
Subterranean, Chicago w/ Shonen Knife
Empty Bottle, Chicago w/ A Giant Dog
“Cockeyed” album release w/ The Cell Phones, Superknova at Cole’s Bar, Chicago.
Schubas w/ Pansy Division, Chicago
Wicker Park Fest, Chicago w/ Cherry Glazerr, Nnamdi, The Spits, and more (2022)
Northalsted Pride Fest (2023, 2022, 2019)
Andersonville Midsommarfest (2023, 2022, 2021, 2018) w/ Ratboys and many more
Northalsted Market Days (2023)
Harbor Country Pride, The Acorn, Three Oaks Michigan (2022)
Rock N Roll Market, Chicago w/ Hunx & his Punx
Chicago is a Drag Fest w/ Raja, TS Madison
Ravenswood on Tap Festival, Chicago w/ Superknova and many more
The iconic Chicago spirit Jeppson’s Malort and Bev Rage & the Drinks team up to support each other at shows, festivals, and through social media.
Waterloo Sparking Water / DoStuff Media
Bev Rage & the Drinks teamed up with Waterloo Sparkling Water and DoStuff Media Group as an official “Waterloo Band” in 2019. Unfortunately the pandemic put a damper on the full scope of the partnership which included a tour, festival placements, and advertisement. However, Bev Rage & the Drinks participated in many virtual Waterloo/DoStuff events including the premiere of their “WhoDunnit SheDunnit” video documentary, “Loo Live” and several other livestreams. Bev Rage & the Drinks were also a featured band on the vinyl LP “Waterloo Sessions” released in 2020.
Chicago Reader “Perfect Guy” Video Release
AVClub “Permanent Receptionist” Video Release
Bad Copy “Machines Get Cleaned” Video Release
New Noise Magazine “Someone New” Video Release