Iron Chic released their second album last fall and first for Bridge Nine Records, called The Constant One. In many ways, it builds upon the successful formula that they constructed on their debut record, Not Like This. The songwriting is decidedly more complex, but the shout-along anthems and huge hooks that fans have come to expect are all still abundantly present. Iron Chic recently concluded their U.S. tour and we caught up with singer Jason Lubrano a few days after to discuss their latest album. We talked about how it was recorded and what some of its songs are about, as well as touring, their plans for the remainder of the year and more. Continue Reading…
Elephant Gun, which features members of Meat Wave, Truman & His Trophy, Rad Payoff and more, will self-release their latest full-length, Castle Boots, this Sunday, 4/27. It was recorded by Joe Gac and has artwork from Frank Porcaro. To celebrate, the band is playing a record release show at Township on the same day. The event starts at 8:00 PM and is 21+, with openers Chicken Happen, Hot Garbage and Secret Science. Also, fans that bring their own jump drive will be able to download Elephant Gun’s entire new album for free. Check out an exclusive stream from Castle Boots below, called “I Know Why.”
Chicago’s Labors released their debut full-length in February of this year, entitled Blue Funk. It was recorded at Strobe Recording by James Wagner and mixed by Jim Becker, and features nine tracks that further define and develop the band’s unique sound. The LP was pressed on 150 gram, recycled vinyl and can be ordered here. On May 7th, Labors will play a record release show at The Whistler with Anthonie Tonnin from New Zealand. They also recently recorded a Daytrotter Session and on May 16th are scheduled to play a Strobe Session. Take a listen to a song from Blue Funk below, called “Death Beds.”
Last January, Chicago’s Top Shelf Lickers released a new EP entitled Heart Beats Brain! It was recorded by Justin Yates at Atlas Studios and contains a total of six songs. It’s the band’s sophomore release and by all accounts displays significant growth and detailed songwriting. This Friday, they play Bottom Lounge with The Architects and Guttermouth. Doors open at 8:00 PM and the show is 17+. Check out the first song from their EP below, called “Step Away.”
This month, Sweet Cobra and Get Rad will release a split 7” on Underground Communiqué, LifeLine Records and Hawthorne Street Records. The record pays tribute to Mat Arluck, the late guitarist of Sweet Cobra, who conceived of a collaboration between the two bands before his passing in 2009. Sweet Cobra contributes two songs that come from ideas that Mat had worked on with the band prior to his death, while the final entry on their side is an instrumental track of Mat’s last piece of recorded music. Get Rad offers up two new hardcore songs that undoubtedly represent some of their strongest material to date. The record is available on clear, red and blue vinyl, with artwork by Matt Putrid and layout courtesy of Ryan Patterson. Preorder the record here and take a listen to Sweet Cobra’s song “Complaints” below.