Eastland Disaster is a new Chicago band that features singer/guitarist Dan Knapik, (Textbook, Venom Lords) singer/bassist Gina Knapik, (Venom Lords) and drummer James Farn, (Kamikaze Eyes, Duress). They’re playing this Friday, January 13th at Beat Kitchen, along with About the Mess, The Heat Tape and Dan Vapid & The Cheats. The show starts at 8:30 PM, costs $10 and is 17+. Last summer, Eastland Disaster recorded several songs with Matt Allison at Atlas Studios, some of which will appear later this year on a seven-inch for Underground Communiqué Records. Check out one of the band’s songs below, called “Still Not Over You.”
Noise By Numbers recently released a video for the song “Disappointed,” which comes from their latest album and Jump Start Records debut, Over Leavitt. Noise By Numbers features members of The Bomb, Dan Vapid & The Cheats, Textbook and others. Later this month they’ll release a split seven-inch with England’s The Magnificent, and it will be available on colored vinyl via Solidarity Recordings, (USA) and Drunken Sailor Records, (UK). Take a look at the video above and order the new record here.
Boss Tuneage Records – Release Date: 7/11/11
Textbook has been together for over ten years, perfecting their own style of alternative rock that’s influenced by everyone from The Replacements to Naked Raygun. Fronted by former Not Rebecca singer/guitarist Dave Lysien, Textbook has released a total of four full-lengths, and the band’s continued development is clearly apparent on Out Of My Universe. The EP was recorded by Matt Allison at Atlas Studios and sounds reasonably polished, yet retains the right amount of energy and edge. The first song, “Crowding”, is an urgent, fast-paced rocker with classic Midwestern punk inspiration, and it’s followed by “Please Reconsider”, which is a concise, melodic tune that clocks-in at less than two minutes. The title track is up next and it evokes The Hold Steady in terms of its guitar work and enjoys an extremely infectious chorus. “Laugh Out Loud” is a melancholy, mid-tempo song with a slight country influence, while “I Can’t Take You Anywhere” is pure power pop and absolutely the catchiest song on this record. The final entry, “Who’s Sorry Now”, is a fitting conclusion as it showcases nearly all of Textbook’s finest attributes. Such traits include; creative songwriting, earnest lyrics, an ample amount of backing vocals, skilled musicianship and a knack for blending various genres into a unique sound. Out Of My Universe is recommended for fans of Husker Du, Lucero, Gameface or anyone searching for quality, pop-infused rock this summer.
Textbook UK tour dates with The Magnificent:
July 16 – Leeds @ The Well
July 18 – Brixton @ The Windmill
July 19 – Cambridge @ Portland Arms
July 20 – Derby @ Victoria Inn
July 21 – Sheffield @ The Red House
July 22 – Manchester @ Gulliver’s
Asian Man Records – Release Date: 11/16/10
After nearly ten years of making music together, The Methadones have decided to split up. This 16-track release is the band’s swan song and serves as a sincere “thank you” to all of their fans. It consists of five new tracks, their half of a split with The Copyrights and songs from two out-of-print seven-inches. The five new entries represent some of the most impressive tunes that The Methadones ever composed. They were recorded by Justin Perkins at Mystery Room Studios and sound as sturdy as they do pristine. “Murmurs in the Dark” has an interesting lead and backing vocal interplay during its chorus and “Undecided” is a heartfelt pop punk ballad with especially honest lyrics. “Arial” is a beautiful song and plainly one of the Methadones’ best. “Imperfect World” and “What Do You Believe In” are notable songs from the split with The Copyrights, and “Exit 17” flawlessly concludes the record on a solemn acoustic note. This is undeniably the band’s finest full-length aside from their stellar 2004 effort, Not Economically Viable. Anyone in search of first-rate pop punk should look no further, for The Methadones provide a textbook example of how the genre is supposed to be done. They will surely be missed by many and not forgotten anytime soon.