Category:Pop punk groups from Illinois
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The following 36 pages are in this category, out of 36 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 36 pages are in this category, out of 36 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. The Academy Is... – The Academy Is. was an American rock band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 2003. Before disbanding, they were signed by the Decaydance imprint of the Fueled by Ramen label and they were originally known as The Academy, but added the Is. in 2004 to avoid legal complications with other established bands already under that name. The band released three albums, Almost Here, Santi, and Fast Times at Barrington High. The band announced its break-up on 8 October 2011, in May 2015, lead singer William Beckett announced that the band would reunite at Riot Fest 2015 in Chicago. In addition the members of the band Beckett, Mike Carden and Adam Siska, as well as Andy Mrotek and Ian Crawford. They recorded their self-titled debut EP, The Academy, for the Chicago-based label LLR Recordings, LLR Recordings had previously released Becketts solo project Remember Maines debut album The Last Place You Look in 2002 and Mike Cardens solo folk album in 2003. The EP was recorded in Villa Park, IL at The Gallery of Carpet by producer Brian Zieske, Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy heard it and was impressed. The label Fueled by Ramen immediately signed the band, after recording the album and doing a summer tour, the band underwent a lineup change. Andy Mrotek and Thomas Conrad are listed in the liner notes and they hit the road hard, touring with Fall Out Boy, Something Corporate, Midtown, Matchbook Romance, Motion City Soundtrack and Armor for Sleep. The album was released on February 8,2005 and the following summer, on Billboards charts Almost Here peaked at No.7 on Top Heatseekers, No.16 on Independent Albums, and No.185 on The Billboard 200. The Academy Is. was also signed to Decaydance that year, on October 26,2006, The Academy Is. Had announced via the blog on their website that Thomas Conrad. Michael Guy Chislett joined the band to replace Conrad on guitar, while touring as a main act on the 2006 Warped Tour, the band began the process of writing songs for their second album. Once finished, the band flew to Los Angeles to record their record with Butch Walker, as of December 23,2006, the band had officially finished the recording process and the album, entitled Santi, was released April 3,2007 on the Fueled By Ramen label. The release of album was listed on Blenders 25 reasons to love 2007. On January 26,2007 a sample of LAX to OHare was released on the bands AbsolutePunk profile, the album peaked at No.32 on the Billboard 200. The band went on to release the song Weve Got a Big Mess on Our Hands as the albums first single, partly through the tour, labelmates Cobra Starship were added to the support. The tour ended on November 24,2007 in Chicago, the bands third studio album, Fast Times at Barrington High, was released on August 19,2008 through Fueled by Ramen
2. Alkaline Trio – Alkaline Trio is an American punk rock band from McHenry, Illinois. The band consists of guitarist and vocalist Matt Skiba, bassist and vocalist Dan Andriano, founded in late 1996 by Skiba, bassist Rob Doran, and drummer Glenn Porter, Alkaline Trio released its debut single, Sundials, in 1997. Following its release, Doran departed from the band and was replaced by Dan Andriano, the band subsequently recorded an EP, For Your Lungs Only, and its debut studio album, Goddamnit. Following the release of the second album, Maybe Ill Catch Fire, Porter left the band and was replaced by Mike Felumlee for its subsequent album. Backed by the singles Stupid Kid and Private Eye, From Here to Infirmary significantly increased the bands exposure, Good Mourning marked the recording debut of current drummer Derek Grant. In 2010, the band released This Addiction on its own label Heart & Skull, in 2011, the band celebrated its 15-year anniversary with the release of Damnesia, which featured new, acoustic-based recordings of songs from across the bands career. The bands eighth album, My Shame Is True, was released on April 2,2013. Alkaline Trio was formed in December 1996, originally consisting of Matt Skiba, Rob Doran, the band released their second EP entitled For Your Lungs Only, in 1998. Later that year, the released their first full length album, Goddamnit. Also in 2000, the released a collection of their previously released EPs on their self-titled album. In 2001, the band released From Here To Infirmary on Vagrant Records and this album inspired music videos for the singles Stupid Kid and Private Eye. The album was the bands first album to reach above Billboard top 200 mark and their next full-length album was Good Mourning, released in 2003, with the albums launch single Weve Had Enough seeing much the same success as the previous single Stupid Kid. The album was something of a departure from earlier works, featuring greater production values. The band appeared on compilation albums, notably Plea for Peace Vol.1, Vagrant Records, Another Year on the Streets Vol.1,2, and 3. They recorded two split EPs, one with Hot Water Music in 2002 and the other with One Man Army in 2004. In 2004, Dan became a member of The Falcon, a group consisting of The Lawrence Arms bassist Brendan Kelly, previously of Slapstick and The Broadways, the Falcon also saw contributions from Todd Mohney of The Killing Tree and formerly Rise Against. The band released an EP, God Dont Make No Trash / Up Your Ass With Broken Glass in 2005 and its first full length, Unicornography in September 2006. Alkaline Trio released their studio album on Vagrant Records, titled Crimson, on May 24,2005
3. Allister – Allister was an American pop punk band from Chicago, Illinois. The four-piece formed in 1994 and were one of the first bands to sign to Drive-Thru Records, on March 6,2007, the band announced their intention to go on hiatus. In 2010, Allister reunited after a break, and have been touring and recording since. The following year, they changed their name to Allister, paying homage to Alasdair Gillis from the Canadian TV show You Cant Do That on Television. Upon being submitted a demo tape, Drive-Thru Records decided to put out their debut release. Before the end of the year, Allister added another guitarist to the band, in 1999, Drive-Thru Records released the bands full-length CD Dead Ends and Girlfriends with that very line-up. Within the following years, Mueller quit Allister, and has been writing an MP3 blog called Can You See The Sunset From the Southside, Rogner replaced Mueller on the rhythm guitar, and David Dave Rossi joined on drums in April 2000, Rossi commonly performed without a shirt. Hamada eventually quit as well around 2002, after tracking some songs for the groups follow-up record, rogners younger brother Chris filled Hamadas shoes on lead guitar. With the aid of producer Chris Fudurich, the recorded their second full-length album Last Stop Suburbia in 2002, showcasing a certain degree of growth in the songwriting of Rogner. The band added Kyle Lewis — formerly of Showoff, Now Shes Gone, and The Fold — and Mike Leverence, formerly of PARR5, Last Stop Suburbia reached No.9 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. The tour consisted of 40 sold out all over Japan. At this time, the released a cover EP titled Guilty Pleasures. Before the departure, Rogner learned that he was becoming a father, former member John Johnny Hamada returned to sing backing vocals on the final song, Somewhere on Fullerton, as well as other members of support bands Punchline and The Fold. Soon after, Murphy and Lewis went on to start the band The Get Go with friends and former members of bands Home Grown, the Get Go released 2 records and toured the UK and Japan, but due to conflicting schedules has since ceased activity. In 2008, Scott Murphy signed as a solo artist to major label Universal Music in Japan, the album contains a number of Japanese and English songs. On the albums release date, Scott Murphy is the number 1 searched word on Google in Japan, Murphy released another follow-up EP, Guilty Pleasures 3, on 3 December 2008. In 2010, Murphy began working on a project with alternative rock band Weezers frontman Rivers Cuomo entitled Scott & Rivers. The pair met in Los Angeles in 2010, and soon began writing and recording an album of songs sung in Japanese for the new Scott & Rivers project
4. Cobalt & the Hired Guns – Cobalt & the Hired Guns is an Americana-punk pop-rock band based in Chicago. They have been interviewed in The Deli Magazine, where they were named Chicagos Artist of the Month, in May 2009, they were finalists for MetroMixs Rock n Vote competition, but first place went to another local band, I Fight Dragons. Other online reviews include The Brooklyn Papers video review, and Jersey Beat, Matt Hart and Tom Fort are the founding members of CATHG, and members Mike Roth and Jesse Alexander joined soon after the bands inception in 2003 at Oberlin College in Ohio. The band members graduated from Oberlin in 2006, and headed back to Chicago, the band released their first Carbon neutral album in 2008, Jump the Fence. In January 2012, the created a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the recording of their newest album, Everybody Wins, so they can finally finish. They ended up exceeding their goal of $5,000 by the end of the campaign with a whopping $8,081 raised when the Kickstarter closed on February 16,2012. Until then you can find the band working on the prizes given out to their 127 backers that donated money to the Kickstarter campaign to make Everybody Wins a reality. Kickstarter Campaign Jump the Fence,2008 The Double Single,2009 Everybody Wins, june 2012 CATHG is a founding member of the Chicago Roots Collective, a consortium of 10 local Chicago bands working together to promote each others music. The idea to form the collective came about in the fall of 2008 at the Chicago Bluegrass, official Website of Cobalt & the Hired Guns Cobalt & the Hired Guns on MySpace Cobalt & the Hired Guns on Facebook
5. The Copyrights – The Copyrights are a pop punk band from Carbondale, Illinois made up of Adam Fletcher, Brett Hunter, Kevin Rotter, and Luke McNeill. They are currently signed to Red Scare Industries and they are known for what Alternative Press calls both the sloppy, slacker pop-punk of, say, early Green Day with the slightly more polished sheen of Teenage Bottlerocket or recent Bouncing Souls. The Copyrights were formed in 2002 in Carbondale, Illinois, before long, the punk scene was buzzing about these kids from southern Illinois redefining pop punk with fun lyrics, big hooks, and infectious choruses that you couldnt help but sing along with. In 2003 they released their first album, We Didnt Come Here to Die and their next album, Mutiny Pop, was released in 2006. When Make Sound was released in 2007, Punknews. org, learn the Hard Way followed in 2008. Independent entertainment periodical Verbicide called the bands effort, North Sentinel Island, released in 2011. The latest album, Report, was released August 26,2014 on Red Scare Industries, vice imprint Noisey called the album the stuff that keeps pop punk alive. The band has toured with the likes of Kepi Ghoulie, Masked Intruder, The Falcon, in 2012, the band played the premier Belguim rock festival, Groezrock. Over the years, The Copyrights have had headlining slots at festivals like Baltimores Insubordination Fest and Gainesvilles The Fest
6. Even in Blackouts – Even in Blackouts, known occasionally by the acronym EiB, were an acoustic pop-punk band from Chicago, Illinois. The band was formed in 2002 by veteran pop-punk guitarist John Jughead Pierson following the demise of the pop-punk band Screeching Weasel, the core of the band is formed by lead vocalist Liz Eldredge and Pierson, although a number of additional musicians have performed with the band. Even in Blackouts have been lauded by critics and fans alike for their musicianship, the energy and intimacy of Even in Blackouts live performances have attracted particular acclaim. Pierson rented a flat in Palermo with the intention of relaxing, there he wrote the song Missing Manifesto. He decided to create the worlds first acoustic pop-punk band, once back in Chicago, Pierson set about recruiting a group of younger musicians to fill out the band, including Eldredge as lead vocalist. Producer Mass Giorgini discovered Eldredge outside Sonic Iguana Recording Studio, where she had been waiting for friends to finish recording. Pierson had initially intended for the only to perform live, a reflex reaction perhaps to the studio-bound fate of Screeching Weasel. But in late 2002, EiB released its debut record, Myths & Imaginary Magicians, the album was originally released on Piersons own label, limited to 2,000 copies, and sold exclusively through online independent music store Interpunk. When fans of Screeching Weasel heard of the album, they bought up all of the available copies, the album featured covers of Screeching Weasels Hey Suburbia, Operation Ivys Knowledge and Yazoos Only You. In December 2008, Pierson announced the band will be breaking up, with their last show being March 14,2009 being held in his basement
7. Fall Out Boy – Fall Out Boy is an American rock band formed in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, in 2001. The band consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, lead guitarist Joe Trohman, the band originated from Chicagos hardcore punk scene, with which all members were involved at one point. The group was formed by Wentz and Trohman as a pop side project of the members respective hardcore bands. The group went through a succession of drummers before landing Hurley and recording the debut album. The album became a success and helped the band gain a dedicated fanbase through heavy touring. Take This to Your Grave has commonly cited as an influential blueprint for pop punk music in the 2000s. Fall Out Boy received a Best New Artist nomination at the 2006 Grammy Awards, the bands 2007 follow-up, Infinity on High, landed at number one on the Billboard 200 with 260,000 first week sales. It produced two hit singles, This Aint a Scene, Its an Arms Race and Thnks fr th Mmrs. Folie à Deux, the fourth album, created a mixed response from fans. Following the release of Believers Never Die – Greatest Hits, the took a hiatus from 2009 to 2012 to decompress. The band regrouped and recorded Save Rock and Roll, which gave the band its second number one. 1, making it the bands third No.1 album, Fall Out Boy was formed in 2001 in the Chicago suburb of Wilmette, Illinois by friends Pete Wentz and Joe Trohman. Wentz was growing dissatisfied with the mores of the community. With enthusiasm in Arma Angelus waning, he created a pop side project with Trohman as an easy. Trohman met Patrick Stump, then a drummer for grindcore band Xgrinding processX, while discussing Neurosis with a friend, Stump interrupted the conversation to correct their classification of the band in a conversation that soon shifted to the new band. Stump, viewing it as an opportunity to try out with local hardcore celebrity Wentz, directed Trohman to his MP3. com page, which contained sung-through acoustic recordings. Stump intended to try out as a drummer, but Trohman urged him to bring out his acoustic guitar, while Wentz wanted Racetraitor bandmate Andy Hurley in the group as drummer, Hurley appeared uninterested and too busy. The bands first public performance came in a cafeteria at DePaul University alongside Stilwell, Wentz and Stump argued over band names, the former favored verbose, tongue-in-cheek names while the latter desired to reference Tom Waits in name
8. Material Issue – Material Issue was an American power pop trio from Chicago, Illinois. The bands trademark was pop songs with themes of love and heartbreak, formed in 1985, Material Issue was the brainchild of frontman Jim Ellison, who also played guitar, sang lead vocals, and wrote most Material Issue songs. Ellison met Material Issues bassist Ted Ansani while both were attending Columbia College Chicago in 1986, drummer Mike Zelenko was found through an ad in the Illinois Entertainer later that year. In 1987, Material Issue released an EP on their own Big Block Label which operated out of Ellisons bedroom at his parents home in Addison, Illinois. In 1988, Sixteen Tambourines appeared on CMJ New Music Reports compilation, in 1989, they released the single Renee Remains The Same which got heavy airplay around Chicago. Over the next two years, the band toured extensively across the Midwest and found time to record what would become their debut album International Pop Overthrow. In early 1991, Material Issue broke onto the scene with their debut album International Pop Overthrow which sold over 300,000 copies for Mercury Records. Also, Material Issue and The Replacements shared the stage at Taste of Chicago in 1991, IPO had extensive national airplay with Valerie Loves Me and Diane and music critic Jae-Ha Kim declared Simple Minds upstaged by Material Issue. Material Issue continued to tour heavily across the country in support of both albums, the new album was not as well received by critics as the debut album, nor did it sell as well. 1994 saw the release of Freak City Soundtrack which featured the single Kim The Waitress, the band also created a music video for Kim The Waitress. However, by the time Freak City Soundtrack was released, the momentum they had generated in the five years had begun to subside. Freak City sold fewer than 50,000 copies as the Seattle scene, Material Issue continued touring, selling out venues throughout the upper Midwest. In the summer of 1995 the band co-headlined the first Edgefest in Somerset, throughout the remainder of 1995 and into 1996, Material Issue had recorded a set of new songs with the intention of shopping them to a new label. However, the band came to a tragic and sudden end when Ellison committed suicide on June 20,1996 by carbon monoxide poisoning in his garage, a suicide note was found by police, but the contents of that note remain known only to Ellisons family. The recordings from the work done in 1995 and 1996 was released posthumously on Telecommando Americano in 1997 by Rykodisc, Telecommando Americano was the final Material Issue release, and also included the 6-song EP released back in 1987 as a bonus. The legacy of Material Issue as the consummate 1990s power pop band lives on in the International Pop Overthrow festival that plays in Los Angeles, New York City and Chicago each year. The IPO festival is the largest showcase of power pop music in the United States, despite albums receiving extremely positive reviews and reception, Material Issue is often overlooked among music of the era. They are often considered to have reached their climax in a misplaced era, in an era of grunge music, the pop-based Material Issue was ahead of their musical times
9. The Methadones – The Methadones were a band formed in 1993 by guitarist/vocalist Dan Vapid. The Methadones initially lasted only a few shows before Dan put them to the side to focus on his main band Screeching Weasel. By 1999 Dan was no longer a member of Screeching Weasel or his other band The Riverdales, and decided to restart The Methadones with B-Face of The Queers on bass, the band recorded their first album Ill At Ease in 2001. After the recording, B-Face and Lumley left the band, schafer formed a new lineup of The Methadones with guitarist Mike Byrne, bassist Pete Mittler, and drummer Mike Soucy. On June 11,2010, The Methadones announced their disbandment on their Myspace page stating that, its been 10 years and weve had a lot of fun, but we all agree that its just time. For their final release, simply entitled The Methadones, the released a collection featuring five new songs. – Red Scare Industries, July 10,2007 The Methadones/The Copyrights Split – Transparent Records,2 - Asian Man Records, April 24,2007 Insubordination Fest 2009 - Insubordination Records, May 4,2010 Official Site No Longer Functioning. 2006 Interview Thick Records Web Site Red Scare Myspace The Methadones Interview from 9/18/06 on Pounce Online
10. Noise by Numbers – Noise By Numbers is pop punk band featuring Dan Schafer, Jeff Dean, Rick Uncapher, and Jimmy Lucido. Their sound has been described as reminiscent of Hüsker Dü, the Replacements, the band formed in late 2008 when long-time friends Dan Schafer and Jeff Dean started writing songs together. They recruited bassist Rick Uncapher and drummer Neil Hennessy to complete the line up and they recorded their first album, Yeah, Whatever. With Matt Allison at Atlas Studios, which was released in November 2009 on Asian Man Records, Hennessy left the band after recording the album and was replaced by Jimmy Lucido. The bands second album, Over Leavitt, was recorded by Jeff Dean, mike Soucy, of The Methadones, has also played drums with the band live. The band has performed with such as Rise Against, Alkaline Trio, Hey Mercedes, Small Brown Bike, Banner Pilot,88 Fingers Louie, The Bollweevils. AMP Magazine said Think early ALKALINE TRIO meets PINHEAD GUNPOWDER East Bay stuff, jordan Baker, of pastepunk. com, described the band as having an unmistakable Chicago pop-punk sound with plenty of infectious melodies. Named as one of the 100 Bands You Need to Know About in 2012 by Alternative Press in the March 2012 issue
11. Plain White T's – Plain White Ts is an American rock band from Lombard, Illinois, formed in 1997 by high school friends Tom Higgenson, Dave Tirio, and Ken Fletcher. They were joined a short time later by Steve Mast, the group had a mostly underground following in Chicago basements, clubs and bars in its early years. The Plain White Ts was formed in Lombard in early 1997, the group began as a trio, with Higgenson as singer and guitarist, Fletcher on bass guitar and Tirio on drums. The group played mostly local shows in Chicagos suburbs, eventually having gigs at the Metro in Chicagos Wrigleyville neighborhood. As the band began to establish itself in the scene, a fourth member was recruited, Steve Mast. Higgenson broke several vertebrae in a car crash in 1999 while driving the bands van and he was in a back brace for three months and had to learn to walk again. Higgenson changed his song-writing process, choosing songs that were meaningful to him. In 2000, the band recorded its first album, titled Come on Over, in 2002, the band self-financed the recording of Stop, a full-length album that attracted the attention of Fearless Records. While the band toured in support for the album, both Fletcher and Mast left and were replaced by Tim Lopez and Mike Retondo, shortly after in 2003, Tirio decided to switch from drumming to rhythm guitar and a new drummer named DeMar Hamilton was added to the line-up. The 2005 release, All That We Needed, was the first studio album from the reformed line-up, Hey There Delilah was first released on the bands third album, All That We Needed, in 2005. The group recorded Every Second Counts that year, on which Hey There Delilah was added in order to allow it a chance on mainstream radio, the band signed with Hollywood Records, which released Every Second Counts on September 12,2006. That same year, Hey There Delilah reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for two weeks, the song was written for the track star Delilah DiCrescenzo, whom Higgenson had met in 2002. The song received two Grammy nominations, and Every Second Counts was certified gold, in early 2006, the band teamed up with Motion City Soundtrack for a winter/spring tour. In 2008, the released the album Big Bad World. The album had two hit singles,1,2,3,4 and Natural Disaster, both were on the American Top 40 at numbers 1 and 2 for three consecutive weeks. By late 2008, the band had joined the Rock Band Live tour with Panic. at the Disco, Dashboard Confessional, later that year, the band played at the Give It a Name festival in the UK. In 2007, the performed the single Our Time Now on an episode of the Nickelodeon television series. Our Time Now was also the song of the ABC Family dramedy series
12. Screeching Weasel – Screeching Weasel is an American punk rock band originally from the Chicago suburb of Prospect Heights, Illinois. The band was formed in 1986 by Ben Weasel and John Jughead, since their formation, Screeching Weasel have broken up and reformed numerous times with numerous line-up changes. Ben Weasel has been the only constant member, though Jughead was present in every incarnation of the band until 2009, Screeching Weasel recorded 13 studio albums, splitting time between a number of famous independent record labels such as Lookout. Despite never achieving mainstream success, a number of popular acts cite them as influential. Shortly after their formation, Weasel decided that it was too difficult to play bass and sing at the time, so Vince Vogel. The band recorded their album, Screeching Weasel, in one night for $200. In 1988, Bovine was fired from the band and was replaced with Warren Fischer, better known as Fish, the band recorded their second studio album, Boogadaboogadaboogada. Which featured Weasel playing second guitar and made a name for themselves by opening a show for Operation Ivy at 924 Gilman Street, steve Cheese was fired from the band shortly after the recording due to his unwillingness to tour outside of Chicago. He was replaced by Aaron Cometbus for two shows who then was replaced by Brian Vermin, Boogadaboogadaboogada. was released in late 1988 on Roadkill Records, a label formed by investor David Best and managed by Ben Weasel following an introduction of the two by producer Mass Giorgini. After what Weasel described as a tour, Fish left the group and was replaced by Dan Schafer, originally nicknamed Sewercap. The new band recorded an extended play entitled Punkhouse for Limited Potential Records soon after that. The band ended up recording four songs in 1989 that were featured on compilations, featuring a second guitarist Doug Ward. Screeching Weasel disbanded when Vermin and Vapid stated that wanted to leave the band to concentrate on their side project. After the break-up, Weasel and Jughead formed a new band called The Gore Gore Girls, in 1991, the members of Screeching Weasel reunited for what was intended as a one-off gig to pay off debts the band incurred from the recording of Boogadaboogadaboogada. The line-up consisted of Ben, Jughead, Vapid, Vermin, after the show, Vapid discussed the idea of reforming Screeching Weasel with Jughead. All of the members agreed to reform, with the exceptions of Brian Vermin. To replace Vermin, drummer Dan Panic was brought in, before recording their third studio album, My Brain Hurts for Lookout. Records, Weasel decided that he wanted to focus on singing, Vapid switched instruments from bass to guitar, and former Gore Gore Girls bassist Dave Naked joined the band
13. Showoff (band) – Showoff is a pop punk band from Chicago, Illinois led by vocalist Chris Envy. Showoff was formed in 1997 in Villa Park, Illinois, the band consisted of Chris Envy, Daniel Castady, Graham Jordan, and Dave Envy. In 1998, Showoff signed with Maverick Records while it was owned by Madonna and their self-titled debut album was released the following year in 1999, and was produced by Goldfingers John Feldmann. The single Falling Star reached No.36 on the Billboard Modern Rock charts that same year, a few line up changes occurred over the years. Magoo took over duties from Chris, who then focused solely on vocals. Dave and Graham left the band to be replaced by Nick Piljay,2002, following a change in ownership of the label from Madonna to Fredrick DeMann. This restructuring, along with increasing friction within the group, led to the dissolution of the band without any indication of reforming and they left an unreleased album with producer Mark Trombino. In late 2005, Chris Envy re-formed Showoff with all new members and they included Nate Envy, Carl Kusch, and ex-August Premier Mickey Molinari. Rhythm guitarist Lance Tamras was added shortly thereafter and they recorded and released Waiting for you, an EP that was produced by Marc McClusky. Showoff broke up again in late 2006, the new line up for 2014 is a return to the original in part. Three of the four members are in the new line up. With the core of Chris, Dave, and Dan, they are currently booking shows all over the country. When asked if they would continue as a band beyond reunion shows Dave said I am hopeful we can continue as a band as long as the people will have us. He also touched on such as new Showoff recordings, full tours, new merch, etc. stating that everything is on the table. We now know that in 2014, Showoff has officially restarted with Chris Envy on vocals, Dave Envy on bass, Dan Castady on Drums, Nate Envy on guitar, there is a future record in the works but no release date as of yet
14. Smoking Popes – The Smoking Popes is an American pop punk band from the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1991. They play punk-influenced pop music with crooning vocals, the core of the group is composed of brothers Matt Caterer, Josh Caterer and Eli Caterer. The Caterer brothers were raised on rock n roll and crooners like Tony Bennett, in 1980 Matt got a guitar, Josh a bass and Eli a drum set and they began to play together. Soon after, their eyes were opened to the world of the Ramones, other early musical influences included Mel Tormé, Tom Waits, The Replacements, The Smiths, early AC/DC, The Cars, Dinosaur Jr, Hall & Oates, Liberace, and many others. In 1990, Matt, Josh, and Eli got a gig at a party, about this time, Matt switched to bass and Dave Martens joined as drummer. Josh became an Elvis Costello fan and his style, accordingly, Speedstick recorded 11 songs in their first studio session, including Brand New Hairstyle, which would become a staple of the Smoking Popes repertoire. They changed the name, taking Smoking from Matt and Joshs penchant for excessive cigarette smoking. Martens, disenchanted with the musical direction, stopped attending band practice. In 1991, the band released five tracks recorded during their Speedstick days as the Inoculator EP, with the proceeds and what other funding they could scratch together, the Smoking Popes bankrolled the recording of the Break Up EP in 1992. In February Eli Caterer joined as a second guitarist and in October Break Up was released and they played as often as possible in the Chicago area and ventured occasionally to small venues in Indiana. In 1993 the band recorded their compositions on the 2 EP and they also recorded a split 7 single with Groovy Love Vibes. GLV vocalist Erik Pertl guested on the Popes track Leather and Lace, the band got a break when pop punk icon Ben Weasel of Screeching Weasel became a fan and used his connections to recruit Mass Giorgini of Squirtgun to record the Smoking Popes first LP, Get Fired. That year also saw the release of one Popes track from the same sessions, lets Hear It for Love appeared on the Its a Punk Thing. You Wouldnt Understand compilation on Shakefork Records, for the follow-up to Get Fired the band worked with producer Phil Bonnet, who also produced much of their early material. Need you Around, which would later launch Smoking Popes to a huge audience via the soundtrack to the film Clueless, was recorded in December, in early 1994, the band opened for Green Day, who extended the invitation after hearing Get Fired. In mid-1994 the Popes finished their new album, Born to Quit, after Need You Around took off on alternative radio they gained the attention of record label scouts. They signed with Capitol Records, which re-released Born to Quit, in a promotional blitz, they toured America with the Gummy Dolls and Tripping Daisy. In 1996 the Clueless soundtrack was released in Finland and Need You Around was dropped as a single to capitalize on their popularity there
15. The Vindictives – The Vindictives are a Chicago-based punk rock group founded by singer/songwriter Joey Vindictive in 1990. They began their career in 1990, cutting their first 7 record later that year with the lineup of Joey Vindictive, Johnny Personality, Ben Weasel, Dr. Bob, and Erik Elsewhere. The band would end up releasing 12 EPs and albums until July 1996, guitarist Robert Dr. Bob Nielson died of a heroin overdose on February 22,2003. In 2006, Joey Vindictive and Johnny Personality started to demo material under Joey Vindictive & The Personality Crisis. In addition to new material surfacing, Joey Vindictive launched a new theatre art program called The 1901 Gallery Theatre with wife, Jenny. In 2011 Billy Blastoff joined Magatha Trysty a culmination of power pop, the Vindictives song The Invisible Man was covered by Ghoti Hook on their cover album Songs We Didnt Write. The Vindictives song In the Corner was covered by Apocalypse Hoboken on their Inverse, Reverse, Perverse, the Vindictives released their first new material in 13 years on December 4,2012, with an EP titled Mono Flexi. Records,1991 The Invisible Man, V. M. L, records,1991 Ugly American 7, V. M. L. Records,1992 Assembly Line 7, V. M. L, records,1992 This Is My Face 7, V. M. L. Records,1993 Rocks In My Head 7, V. M. L, records,1994 Seventeen b/w No Feelings 5, Selfless Records/V. M. L. Records,1994 Johnny Where Are You, b/w Eating Me Alive Picture Disk 7, Lookout. Records,1995 Alarm Clocks b/w Left For Dead 7, Lookout/V. M. L, records,1995 Pervert At Large b/w Sloppy Seconds Split 7, V. M. L. M. L. Records,1999 Muzak for Robots, TEAT,2003 Unplugged, TEAT,2003 The Many Moods Of The Vindictives Double LP, Lookout/V. M. L
16. The Wanton Looks – The Wanton Looks are a pop punk band from Chicago whose music has been described as reminiscent of Joan Jetts early 80s work. They were called one of the best underground bands of 2011 by the Chicago Tribune and one of the best unsigned bands of 2012 by The Jivewired Journal and they have also been a featured artist on WXRTs Local Anesthetic program. Bass player Traci Trouble and drummer Meg Thomas first met at a hall in Buffalo Grove, Illinois in 2006. They decided to form a band, but after ads on Craigslist failed to find suitable musicians and they also found Susie Winn who joined as the second guitarist. The band played its debut concert at the Cobra Lounge in Chicago in 2009, the band released its debut self-titled album on their own Haughty Eyes record label in March 2012 and it was named a top indie album by the Chicago Tribune. Winn left the band in December 2012 with the remaining members continuing as a three piece, in February 2013 Winn joined The Handcuffs, replacing Ellis Clark. Traci Trouble, Bass/Vocals Meg Thomas, Drums/Vocals Inga Olson, Guitar/Vocals Former Members, Winn, Guitar/Vocals Named one of the best underground bands of 2011 by the Chicago Tribune Named one of the best unsigned bands of 2012 by The Jivewired Journal. A little bit punk, a chunk of metal, some gleaming pop hooks, the Wanton Looks offer limitless potential and the talent and work ethic to go easily traverse above and beyond the benchmarks that they established in the past year. Bad-girl harmonies meet fuzzed-up guitar and relentless tempos. with fizzy hooks and towering sing-along choruses - Greg Kot, the Wanton Looks bring the heat — the guitars are detonative, the bass lines are aureate and those female voices resemble sirens - Michael Canter, Jivewire Journal. - Audrey Leon, Loud Loop Press The band combine metal virtuosity – 10-ton guitar solos, rampaging drums – with don’t-mess-with-me garage-punk attitude - Greg Kot, drummer Meg Thomas was named a Rising Star by DRUM. Magazine in 2010 and Musician of the Month in January 2013 by the Chicago Music Guide, official website The Wanton Looks discography, forum, and marketplace at Discogs