Chicago’s The Addisons recently released their debut single, called So American / Standing Outside Your Door. The band features Tom Counihan and Dave Lysien of Not Rebecca, and this project marks the first time that the two have worked together in over ten years. Their lineup is solidified by bassist Rick Uncapher, (Textbook, Noise By Numbers) and drummer Daisun Derrijk, (The Sonnets). The band recorded their introductory release in October of last year with Jeff Dean at Million Yen Studios. We’re streaming one of the tracks below, “Standing Outside Your Door,” and the single can be purchased via Bandcamp here. Also, be sure to catch The Addisons on Friday, January 20th when they play Livewire Lounge with Sweet Figurines, The Cells and Farewell Captain. The show starts at 9:00 PM and costs $10.
The Bomb is a long-running Chicago punk band that formed in 1999. Since 2003, their lineup has consisted of singer Jeff Pezzati, (Naked Raygun) guitarist Jeff Dean, (All Eyes West, Dead Ending, Noise By Numbers, etc.) bassist Pete Mittler, (The Methadones) and drummer Mike Soucy, (The Methadones). This fall, The Bomb plans to release a new, yet-to-be-titled EP on No Idea Records and we spoke with Mr. Pezzati about its songs, in terms of both their lyrical content and musical style. We also talked about recording, touring, the band’s relationship with J. Robbins and more. Continue Reading…
On December 11th, Dead Ending will release its second EP, the aptly titled DE II. It was recorded at Million Yen Studios in Chicago, contains a total of five songs and will be available through Alternative Tentacles. The band’s lineup of course consists of singer Vic Bondi, (Articles of Faith) guitarist Jeff Dean, (The Bomb, Noise By Numbers, All Eyes West) bassist Joe Principe, (Rise Against) and drummer Derek Grant, (Alkaline Trio). We’re excited to present an exclusive stream of one of the EP’s songs, called “Ayn Rand Chicken Sandwich.” When asked about the song’s meaning, Bondi said “I was beside myself at the stupidity of the Chick-fil-A nonsense. As though the highest expression of your ‘moral values’ was to buy a chicken sandwich. But it’s always like that with that crowd, dumb on dumb, undergirded by crazed homophobic panic. So the song kind of wrote itself, in about five minutes.” Check out the song below and be sure to catch Dead Ending on the road in 2013.
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.
Jump Start Records – Release Date: 8/02/11
With Over Leavitt, Noise By Numbers picks up right where its 2009 debut full-length Yeah, Whatever leaves off, but with a more mellow and introspective disposition. Over Leavitt starts off raw and builds up with “A Song for Emily,” before ripping into “Lost My Way,” which is an energetic, melodic sing-along about finding yourself off the tracks. “Yes, You” sounds like a throwback to the mid-‘80s punk/new wave sound, vaguely reminiscent of an electric, sped-up version of A Flock of Seagulls’ “Space Age Love Song.” “I Don’t Think So” echoes a feeling of disapproval and disgust, and singer/guitarist Dan Schafer repeats himself in such a way that his definitiveness is clear. Over Leavitt takes its time without shedding any of the band’s established qualities. It’s also a diverse album that sees the band perpetuate its geographically-oriented songs, which is a unique quality that I really enjoy about them. One of my favorite aspects of Schafer’s lyrics is how the listener picks up on him conveying something he knows. First you have to trust him and then he becomes your tour guide or teacher for a few minutes and you’re the student. If his story follows specific streets and train lines, it not only creates a scene and sparks imagination, but it humanizes him beyond being just ‘the artist’ and gives us a taste of something we may not already know. Over Leavitt is a matured and developed Noise By Numbers album that conveys the essence of this band wonderfully.
– Jason Duarte