Hugh Cornwell

The original guitarist, singer and main songwriter in the British rock band The Stranglers, he's enjoyed massive UK and European success with 10 hit albums and 21 Top Forty singles, etching himself into the UK and Europe's musical psyche with classic songs, including Peaches, No More Heroes, Golden Brown, Always the Sun, Grip,Nice N Sleazy, Duchess and Skin Deep. Hugh Cornwell's new studio album TOTEM AND TABOO is set to be released in the US on June 25th, via Red River Entertainment and through Red/SONY Distribution. Recorded at Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, the album was engineered and mixed by the legendary Steve Albini.

The Dead On

Many bands are born from the ashes of previous bands but try to shake their pasts. Well, The Dead On embrace their previous musical lives and set out to shake the rafters instead. The Dead On, formed from Chicago stalwart greats Woolworthy and The Reputation, is on a mission to make great Rock n' Roll and to make Rock n' Roll great.

Their sound is reminiscent of their
previous bands but it is far from retread. The Dead On embody the modern rock n roll sound with big guitar hooks, snotty slash and burn riffs and ultra catchy melodies. Their sound is, well, dead on, spot on, hit the right spot Rock n' Roll.

Rudy Gonzalez (ex-Woolworthy), singer, guitar player and songwriter for the band unleashes his wild, weary spirit and introspective songwriting. He writes songs that sound good in bad places. Greg Mytych (ex-The Reputation) on bass, brings the right amount of powerhouse attack, catchy bass fills and harmony vocals to the gang. With Charley Ryan (ex-Empty Spaces), on lead guitar, the ante is raised. He blazes through each song like it's his exorcism. He is the Keith to Rudy's ragged Mick. The addition of drummer Jim Nagrant (ex-Phistine Verona) completes the action pact. The drumming slams and bashes yet is precise, all at the same time.

With just the right blend of The Replacements angst and ache, the grit of the Rolling Stones and the Beatle-esque melodies, they have a bash & pop masterpiece. Their debut album, The Way It Feels When It Feels This Way will knock you out and then hold your hand and make it all better. Guitar riffs catchy enough to work their way into your pleasure spot; all done with heart-pounding energy. They sound like an 80's post-punk band dipped in 70's Rolling Stones raunch and transported to the future. Fans of their earlier work will not be disappointed and will welcome the new sound. With simple songs like She Is All The Rage and You Make My Love Grow, the band revitalizes the power pop genre with power chords and infectious drum beats. On stand out tracks It's Lonely Where You Are and the punchy You Can't Do Anything About Anything (You Can't Do Anything About), the ringing guitars and haunting spaces show the band's depth. Hold Me In Suspension and We Are All Alive allow the band to stick a flag in the Rock N' Roll Handbook for future generations to come.

The Dead On, simply put, is a breath of fresh air for Rock N Roll. The band is on to something and it is dead on. Or should I say, it is The Dead On.

$15.00 - $18.00

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Hugh Cornwell with The Dead On, SIRS

Wednesday, December 18 · 7:00 PM at Reggies Rock Club