Empire Productions presents:
Dayglo Abortions, Spare Change, XEUTHANIZEDX, The Kreutzer Sonata
2109 South State St
Chicago, IL, 60616
This event is 17 and over
Detroit's Negative Approach, along with Ohio's Necros, were the undisputed champs of Midwestern hardcore in the early to mid-'80s. Legend has it that vocalist John Brannon recruited drummer OP Moore and the guitar/bass team of Rob and Graham McCulloch at a skate park sometime in 1981. Lead by the bald-headed Brannon's hoarse wail, the band concocted an extreme sound devoid of frills that alternated between violent and mean. This was first fully documented in 1982 on their self-titled Touch and Go 7". The band released the more metallic-sounding Tied Down 12" on Touch and Go in 1983, but died out in 1985 as Brannon incubated the Birthday Party blues of Laughing Hyenas.
Unfortunately lacking the more widespread post-hardcore fame of peers Ian McKaye and Henry Rollins, Brannon's Negative Approach has not gotten the later-day due often accorded Minor Threat and Black Flag. Negative Approach was certainly as influential as those two bands, touching everyone from Poison Idea to Sonic Youth to Los Crudos, as well as entire generations of hardcore fans in Boston and New York. The band was also as original and extreme as any early-'80s punk outfit -- the rhythmic crush created by Moore and the McCulloch brothers continues to be an undeniable steel-toe to the face. An essential show and listen for anyone who wants to understand hardcore.
Few punk bands have remained in business for as long as the veteran Canadian trio, Dayglo Abortions, has. Since 1979, the band (in one configuration or another) has been offering up no-holds barred punk rock (that was eventually merged with heavy metal), as well as some truly over-the-top (and unforgettable) album cover artwork/images. And the lads are back with their first studio album in twelve years (and ninth studio set overall), 'Armageddon Survival Guide,' which will be unleashed on March 25, 2016, via Unrest Records.
Since the beginning, the group has been led by Murray Acton AKA "The Cretin" (guitar and vocals), and made their mark on the punk underground throughout the '80s, with such over-the-top classics as 'Out of the Womb' (1981), 'Feed Us a Fetus' (1986), and 'Here Today, Guano Tomorrow' (1987). But it was also during this time that the band found themselves in hot water with the law, after obscenity charges were brought against the band and their then-label, Fringe Product, after a police officer's daughter bought a copy of 'Here Today,' and the officer failed to appreciate the band's irreverent sense of humor. Happily, all charges were dropped in 1990.
Dayglo Abortions continued on their merry way throughout the '90s with such additional recordings as 'Two Dogs Fucking - Deux Chiens Fourrent' (1991), 'Little Man in the Canoe' (1995), 'Corporate Whores' (1996), 'Stupid World, Stupid Songs' (1998), and 'Death Race 2000' (1999). And it was around this time that The Cretin was joined by bassist Willy Jak, who has remained a member of the band to this very day. The early 21st century saw the arrival of further albums, including 'Holy Shiite' (2004) and 'Live 2011' (2011), which led to the arrival of the group's modern day drummer, Blind Marc (who is indeed legally blind), as well as the aforementioned 'Armageddon Survival Guide.'
"Just like Armageddon, our new album has been rumored to be coming out for ages now," explains The Cretin. "In fact it says in the Bible, that in the end times, the world will go totally to shit, everyone will be sinning their goddamned asses off, and they will all be listening punk bands like the Dayglo Abortions, who clearly couldn't give a shit about God or the Devil. Now those aren't the exact words used of course. But that was a long time ago, and what the fuck did they know anyway. Anyway...those days are here, the world has gone to shit, Lady Gaga is rubbing her Satan worshiping vagina all over the Super Bowl, and the new Dayglo album is out."
"The 'Armageddon Survival Guide' is gonna kick the shit out of you. It's gonna scare the fucking Jesus out of God and all his sissy angels. We're not sure how Satan will take it, but we don't believe in him anyway, so fuck Satan. Let your head get smashed in by the 'Armageddon Survival Guide,' brought to you by those Messiahs of the UN-sane, the Dayglo Abortions."
Spare Change was originally formed on the south-side of Chicago in 1989. The band plays their own unique style of raw hardcore punk / metal crossover. Through hard time and many lineup changes singer Bryan 'Chump Change' Robertson has managed to keep the beast alive, putting out over 20 releases in the process. The current lineup of Bryan on vocals, David Grek on guitar, Al Salad on bass and Fabian Arroyo on drums is the strongest to date. In 2013 the band put out their first release with its current lineup, Crash and Burn. This EP contains four tracks of straight up, ripping crossover and is the first sign that after 25 years Spare Change is still as relevant and as they were when they first started making a rauncous noise back in '89.
Spare Change has had the pleasure to share the stage with the likes of D.R.I., Dead Kennedys, Grim Reaper, Riot, Black Death, Iron Reagan (Municiple Waste), The Addicts, The Casualties, Verbal Abuse, Fang, Toxic Reasons, Raw Power, The Effigies, CJ Ramone, The Mentors, Macabre, Helstar, Poison Idea, M.D.C., Necrophagia, Venom (inc.) and many others. They were the only punk/metal band to play the Taste of Chicago in 2001 and are currently working on there new album "Bonded By Beer"
TRYING TO LIVE & ENJOY LIFE TO IT'S FULLEST.
Sludgy 2step doom from Chicago formed by members of different musical taste and backgrounds.
Sally - Vocals
Rolando - Guitar
Brendan - Bass
Lily - Drums
The Kreutzer Sonata
Hailing from Chicago,IL, comes a hardcore punk rock outfit, writing songs of love, despair, overcoming hate, and creating your life in your own fashion. We do not hold back, and we sing honestly. We are The Kreutzer Sonata