Duenow

After self-releasing its first album, recording the next and preparing to embark on a national tour, Chicago duo Duenow was struck with lingering illnesses, personal demons and, ultimately, reality.

After self-releasing its first album, recording the next and preparing to embark on a national tour, Chicago duo Duenow was struck with lingering illnesses, personal demons and, ultimately, reality.

"We wanted to be watched on TV and end up on the radio," guitarist/vocalist Zach Duenow says. "We wanted to be huge, and we nursed that dream—that hallucination—for a long time."

Duenow is rock at its core, but the duo pours on a serious dose of rockabilly, country, pop and even hip-hop (see the twosome's honky-tonk cover of Eminem's "Without Me"). Last year, the pair released the full-length "If You Could Only See What They Are Doing to You" on small indie United for Opportunity.

With a little more than a year left on the imprint's three-year deal, Duenow is hoping the exposure will eventually bring the act closer to its dream of a major national tour.