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Downtown Struts streaming new song “American Animals” off new EP “Hope You’re Dope”

Chicago’s Downtown Struts are streaming a new track entitled “American Animals”, which appears on their newest EP “Hope You’re Dope”, which was released today through Pirates Press Records.

You can give the track a listen below.

The band last released a 7-inch titled “Victory” and a split with Nothington back in 2013.



DS Photo Gallery: Workin’ Stiffs and Downtown Struts at ‘Rock The Ship’ after-party with sepcial guests Swingin’ Utters and Cock Sparrer

The haggard, drunken, sweaty crowd picked themselves up from their bootstraps after Cock Sparrer finished out the main event, and stumbled down the street to Bottom of The Hill, where local band Workin’ Stiffs and Chicago-based Downtown Struts were preparing to round the night out with help from some special guests who had just been announced as Swingin’ Utters.

The night was not over, in fact there was much more music to be played, drinks to be had, and dancing to be swung. The crowd took a little time to get going, but the energy was definitely in full-swing by the time the Struts took over. Then something happened. It was like a paralysis fell over everyone as Johnny, Jack, Darius, and crew took the stage. Nothing the raucous group did got the crowd moving. It was weighing on Johnny and it was unfortunate to see. I took my shots and tried to get things going, but to no avail. In the process I spilled someone’s beer so now the dance floor was wet and full of shards of glass (I ended up running into the spill victim at The Adicts‘ show later that week…during “Who Spilt My Beer?”). Swingin’ Utters insisted that they were not the special guest, and to keep waiting for the main event, but there was an air of sarcasm and disdain in his voice. It was at that point that a Pirate informed me of an informal Cock Sparrer set to follow the Utters.

Cock Sparrer twice in one night?? Amazing! This latter performance was much more saturated with booze and smiles and as the band took the stage to a half-empty venue, I knew I was in for an intimate treat. The band had no set list and was willing to play anything they hadn’t played earlier in the night, with the exception of “Out on an Island”, which after many years seeing Sparrer, I have yet to see be performed live. I was able to get a shout out for “Bird Trouble” which was incredible. The inebriated Sparrer crew invited friends on stage to help with vocal duties – including Bryan from Bouncing Souls, Darrel from Harrington Saints/Suede Razors, and Ben from Downtown Struts to name a few. The night came to an end with a heartfelt thank you from Mr. McFaull to son-in-law Mr. Mueller. Guitarist Mick Beaufoy finished the set with a little stage-dive to crowd-surf combo all the way to the bar! Great night and great end to an unforgettable weekend.

Check out shots from all of the after-party performances below.

Thanks again to all the Pirates Press crew for everything!



Downtown Struts streaming new song “Abused” off upcoming EP “Hope You’re Dope”

Chicago’s Downtown Struts are streaming a new track entitled “Abused”, which will be appear on their upcoming EP “Hope You’re Dope”.

You can give the track a listen here.

“Hope You’re Dope” is set to be released next week (November 18th) through Pirates Press Records. The band last released a 7-inch titled “Victory” and a split with Nothington back in 2013.

 

 

 



Downtown Struts premiere new song “Bipolar”

Chicago’s Downtown Struts are streaming a new track titled “Bipolar,” which will be appearing on their upcoming EP Hope You’re Dope. You can give the track a listen below.

Hope You’re Dope is set to be released on November 18th through Pirates Press Records. The band last released a 7-inch titled Victory back in 2013.



(Sorta) New Release: Downtown Struts – “Victory”

Chicago’s Downtown Struts have a new seven-inch entitled “Victory” that sorta went under our radar at first.

The release features two songs (“Victoria” and “Fools Gold”) that were recorded as demos during the sessions for the band’s “Victoria!” full-length, but that never officially saw the light of day until now. The “Victory” seven-inch is available through Pirates Press (naturally) by clicking here.

Downtown Struts are working on new material as we speak. “Victoria!” was released back in May.



Nothington announce plans to release split 7-inch w/ Downtown Struts

San Fransisco punks Nothington have announced plans to release a split 7-inch with Chicago’s Downtown Struts through Asian Man Records. Label owner Mike Park had the following to say about the split’s tracklisting:

“Both bands recorded two songs each, but the Struts could only fit one song on their side of the wax, so the 2nd song will be on the download code. Blah blah blah. We’ll fill you in with more details as it gets closer to happening.”

We’ll keep you posted as more details on the release surface. For now, you can stream a song that may be appearing on Nothington’s side of the record right here.



Music Video: Downtown Struts – “Southpaw”

Chicago punk act Downtown Struts have just premiered the latest music video for “Southpaw.” Check it out here.

The song appears on the band’s upcoming album, “Victoria!” which was released May 15th through Pirate Press Records.



Downtown Struts premier 3D music video for “Lost In America”; announce North American tour dates w/ Street Dogs

Chicago punk act, Downtown Struts, have finally premiered the long-awaited 3D music video for their song, “Lost In America,” which appears on their most recent album, “Victoria!” Along with that, they have also announced they will be hitting the road for a North American tour with Street Dogs.

You can check out the music video and tour dates/locations here.

The band’s new album, “Victoria!,” was released on May 15th through Pirate Press Records. Click here to check out a full list of dates and locations for the band’s upcoming European tour with The Bouncing Souls, and Dave Hause.



Downtown Struts premiere music video for “Rocca Ave”

Chicago punk act Downtown Struts have just premiered the latest music video for “Rocca Ave.” Check it out here.

The song appears on the band’s upcoming album, “Victoria!” which was released May 15th through Pirate Press Records.



The Bouncing Souls announce European tour dates with Dave Hause and Downtown Struts

The Bouncing Souls have announced European tour dates with Dave Hause and Downtown Struts.

You can check out the dates and locations here.

The Bouncing Souls’ upcoming album, “Comet,” is due out June 12th and will be their first Rise Records release. The band will soon be on tour with Luther and The Menzingers: check the dates out here.



Music Video: Downtown Struts – “Anchors”

Chicago punk act Downtown Struts have premiered a music video for their song “Anchors” and you can check it out right here.

The song appears on the band’s upcoming album, “Victoria!” due out on May 15th through Pirate Press Records.



Album Review: The Downtown Struts – “Victoria!”

Chicago punk rockers Downtown Struts play their music with a strong sense of melody and rock ‘n roll swagger. What they don’t play it with is diversity. The Downtown Struts sound like a combination of One Man Army, Dead to Me, and Rancid; inhabiting the lighter end of the punk rock spectrum with trebly guitars and big choruses with bite provided by driving tempos and rough garage rock vocals. . They’re definitely competent musicians, and honestly some of their good songs are in the running for best of the year. But after listening to the band’s former release Sail the Seas Dry, Victoria! feels more like a dull retread than a classic. But if you’re not a bitter, jaded bastard like myself, and remain oblivious to this band’s previous efforts, you might just fall in love with this record.

Victoria! begins with the aptly titled song “Prologue.” Despite its cryptic name, “Prologue” is more or less a tool, not a song. Its purpose extends little beyond introducing the couplet “have you ever been face down in the gutter, have you ever been face down in the ground?” Later in the album, the song “Lost in America” calls back to the lyric, utilizing it better within the context. When Downtown Struts aren’t using cheap tricks to create the illusion of depth, they do write some pretty great songs. The best song lyrically on the album is probably “Rogues.” Like a lot of punk rock, it’s a glorification of being an outsider, but instead of settling for cliches it builds its theme around an actual concept. It also has less repetition than most of the songs on the album.

Much like Sail the Seas Dry, Victoria! is eternally concerned with movement. But while it was quaint and exhilarating on Sail the Seas Dry it seems like the Downtown Struts are having trouble writing anything outside the comfort zone of train-hopping travelogues. It’s a shame that a band with such a strong style is being held back by repetitive lyrical content, despite it being well written.

With all this said, Victoria! is not so much a bad album as a disappointing one. If it were my first encounter with the band, I’d probably like it a lot more. As a standalone, it’s pretty good punk rock. But compared to the EP that preceded it, Victoria! is just longer with different songs. But unfortunately, not different meanings. Despite the lack of variation and growth, the Downtown Struts first full length does have enough melody and songwriting to merit a listen for the uninitiated, but the rest of us might just feel a crushing sense of deja vu.



Downtown Struts stream “Proluge” and “Postcards” off upcoming album “Victoria!”

Chicago punk act Downtown Struts are (once again) streaming 2 new songs from their upcoming album, “Victoria!” due out on May 15th through Pirate Press Records. Click here to listen to “Prologue” and “Postcards.”

Downtown Struts last released an EP titled “Sail The Seas Dry”, also available through Pirate Press.



Downtown Struts stream 2 new songs (“Anchors” and “Back To N.Y.”)

Chicago punk act Downtown Struts are streaming 2 new songs from their upcoming album, “Victoria!” due out on May 15th through Pirate Press Records.  Listen to “Anchors” and “Back To N.Y.” here.

Downtown Struts last released an EP titled “Sail The Seas Dry”, also available through Pirate Press.



Downtown Struts releasing new album “Victoria!”

Chicago punk act Downtown Struts will be releasing a brand new full-length album titled “Victoria!” on May 15th through Pirate Press Records.  Check out the track listing here.

Downtown Struts last released an EP titled “Sail The Seas Dry”, also available through Pirate Press.