Eiffel Tower was born in 2007 at a psychiatric hospital in Chicago’s western burbs, where Alex (bass), Matt (handclaps) and Pete (bells) were working as orderlies. The three made a habit of closing down bars and trading war stories that would become fodder for future lyrics.
The trio quickly settled on the name Eiffel Tower, after the French monument. After it had been built, the tower had been critically panned as a mistake and an eyesore. The band quickly gained attention for their jerky-epileptic stage presence and generated press for their catchy, “ear-cocaine” hooks, while their anxious, frenetic nerd-pop drew comparisons to The Feelies, Pavement and Superchunk.
In 2011, the bands lyrics took a dark twist, pivoting from merely chronicling their patient’s stories to an obsession with how the seeds of mental illness are intrinsic to our existential condition. In 2012, the band nearly fell apart as Alex withdrew from the band, suffered an emotional collapse and moved into a Buddhist temple. Matt focused on his career selling t-shirts, as his “Murses call all the shots” design became a viral sensation. Meanwhile, Pete became singularly obsessed with designing the greatest PowerPoint presentation of all times.
In 2013, a reinvigorated Eiffel Tower moved toward celebrating humanities’ grandiose delusions. The band penned the critically-acclaimed “Will Perdue,” named for the much-maligned, third-string center for the Jordan-era Bulls. The album was recognized by Chicagoist as a “staff pick” for best album of 2013.
In 2014 the band continued their exploration of the theme of delusion in creating the Jane Byrne EP, so-named for the 80’s Chicago Mayor whose move into the Cabrini Green housing project in the made her the object of much derision and ridicule.