This week, the Chicago Reader published their Fall Arts Guide 2009, which features a story on Bill and Lisa Roe’s new label, Trouble In Mind.
Brian Costello writes:
Everybody knows what happens when rock ‘n’ rollers get hitched and have kids: their bands split up, they quit going to shows, and their instruments gather dust in the basement. But Bill and Lisa Roe of CoCoComa, happily married for five years and the proud parents of five-month-old Veronica “Ronnie” Moon—named for Ronnie Spector and Keith Moon—haven’t “moved to Berwyn,” to borrow the Chicago scene’s favorite euphemism for this process. Not only do they still live in the city, but CoCoComa has been playing out steadily since wrapping up a few months of family leave with a Memphis gig on June 20. What’s more, the Roes have just launched a garage-pop label, Trouble in Mind, and plan to put out eight singles from eight bands by December. The first, CoCoComa’s “Ask, Don’t Tell” b/w “The Anchor,” came out two weeks ago.
Both of the Roes work day jobs: Bill, 35, is production manager for Chicago Independent Distribution (formerly part of Southern), where he oversees the manufacture of CDs and LPs. Lisa, 33, is a librarian at the Chicago Public Library’s Logan Square branch. But CoCoComa’s second album, Things Are Not All Right, is due October 20 on Memphis label Goner Records, and they’re going on a European tour in December and January—hoping their bassist’s girlfriend will nanny for plane tickets. They plan to make weekend trips around the midwest as well. How will they manage all this on top of the full-time task of raising a baby?
“Precariously,” says Bill, and they both laugh.