Spitalfield at the House in DeKalb Sept. 29

Chicago rockers Spitalfield are back at it. When I spoke with lead singer Mark Rose 11 months ago, they were just outside Rockford, busy touring in support of their most recent release and trying to keep up with Chicago Bears football. Some things never change.

The band is only a few days away from its headlining show at the House Café in DeKalb in support of Better Than Knowing Where You Are, their upcoming release on Victory Records. Rose is still doing his best to cheer on the Bears from the safety of his band’s tour van. Still weeks away from Turkey Day, he’s obviously already thankful for his Internet-equipped cell phone.

The Rock River Times (TRRT): Do you get to keep up with Chicago sports?

Mark Rose (MR): Oh, yeah. It’s easiest to follow the Bears because they only play once a week. Whether or not I can watch it, who knows? And whether or not I’m somewhere where anyone cares, who knows? But I’ve got this (holds up his Sidekick) and I’ve got people who care who are calling and giving me updates.

I care about Chicago sports a lot because it’s one thing that’s constant for me. I’m always changing where I am and what I’m doing, but those teams are always there. The Bears mean a lot to me and they’ve always meant a lot to me. When they won in ’85, I was a mere 2 1/2 years old, but there are pictures of me wearing my Walter Payton jersey sitting in my mom’s lap with black stuff under my eyes. Here we are 20 years later, and they’ve got a great season going, and I’m pumped. As you can tell from my (online journal) entries, it’s something that’s always on my mind. I’m always thinking about it. I’ve got my Bears wristband on underneath here, I’ve got my Bears keychain back here, I’ve got my Bears hat in my pocket.

TRRT: Who is the most important Chicago sports figure?

MR: Michael Jordan, of course, has had the biggest impact on the world, but I think Walter Payton. Not only being part of one of the most athletic teams ever in the Bears from ’85, but I think he stood as a pretty good role model for a lot of people. He put a lot of time towards charity and his fans. I really, really appreciate everything he’s done for Chicago and the greater Chicagoland area.

The 3-0 Bears will likely be on Rose’s mind as Spitalfield takes the stage Friday, Sept. 29, at the House Café in DeKalb alongside Chimera Twilight and These Satellites. Show time is 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or online at www.ticketweb.com. For more information, visit www.spitalfield.net or www.thehousecafe.net.

From the Sept. 27-Oct.3, 2006, issue

Enjoy The Rock River Times? Help spread the word!