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The Brokedowns perform “Joliet, the Maui of the Midwest” for Live From the Rock Room

Live from the Rock Room recently released a video of Chicago punk band The Brokedowns performing their song “Joliet, the Maui of the Midwest” off their 2014 album Life is a Breeze. Check it out below.

The band recently released their new album Sick of Space via Red Scare Industries.



The Brokedowns stream “The Fort” off new album “Sick of Space”

The Brokedowns‘ new album, “Sick of Space” came out last week, and it’s fucking great (that’s as much effort for any review you’ll ever get out of me).

Tonight we’re streaming “The Fort.” Kris (guitar and vocals) says, “This song is about being 13 and getting beat up by dudes in Dio t-shirts.”

Hey man, who hasn’t been there?

Check out “The Fort” below!



The Brokedowns premiere new video for “Led Zeppelin III”

Chicago’s best boy band, The Brokedowns, have premiered a new video for “Led Zeppelin III” off their upcoming album “Sick of Space,” which releases this Friday, May 18th.

You can check out the full feature on the video at Riot Fest, or head below to go straight to the video that looks suspiciously familiar to any enthusiasts of beard-oriented rock.



The Brokedowns announce new album, “Sick of Space” due out May 18th

My favorite Chicago-area boy band, The Brokedowns, have announced their newest album, “Sick of Space.” It’s out May 18th on Red Scare Industries. The burly hunks let their lawyer do the talking for them at RiotFest:

“Re: The Brokedowns v. Red Scare
Case No. CCCP 211

To whom it may concern:

Here is the contractually agreed upon third LP from the Brokedowns for Red Scare Industries. It’s totally dope as fuck.

Lyrically and musically, this may be one of the darker, weirder, and more serious offerings by these four genius riff warriors, but it also marks the first time the band has included the word pubes in a song.

It rips hard. If you’re not into it, you should start making a list of other things you may be wrong about.

Life sucks. Fuck you.

Sincerely,

Michael Cohen
Attorney At Law”

I love songs with the word “pubes” in them! This album is going to be great! You can pre-order it from Red Scare.



DS Photo Gallery: Night 3 of The Lawrence Arms’ War on Christmas with The Copyrights & The Brokedowns (Chicago, IL)

Night 3

“I’m alive,” I thought to myself upon waking. “But how?” As I played the festivities (some would call it debauchery) of the last two nights through my mind, I came to the same conclusion that I do upon waking in the morning/afternoon on any festival’s third day – I am superhuman and my liver filters better than a Brita faucet. I rounded up the crew and we headed off to feed on tacos at nearby L’Patron. We parted ways mid-afternoon and I got ready for a dinner with friends. Dinner was accompanied by drinks which of course lead into post-dinner drinks at a bar down the street which lead to flashing forward and suddenly being inside the Double Door again with a drink in hand. I would have worried more about this ‘time traveling’ episode, except it pairs so nicely with the theme of the evening.

Night 3 – The Ghost of Christmas Future

This was the evening that I was most looking forward to witnessing. It was also the evening that I was the drunkest, mostly from bogarting a bottle of Prosecco at dinner. Everything was nicely coming together. Hometown heroes The Brokedowns opened the show. I feel like I’ve covered this band 50 times over the last five years and I still never properly express how much I appreciate them. Their last album, Life Is A Breeze (Red Scare Industries), is damn near perfection. Their stage presence is hard hitting and powerful and their stage banter always has me doubled over with laughter. The fact that they rarely ever tour and I get to brag to my faraway friends that am privileged enough to see The Brokedowns on a semi-regular basis is just frosting on the cake! One thing that always seems to differ per set is where the band writes out their set list for the night. I’ve seen Brokedowns set lists on anything from business cards to cereal box tops to a band member’s leg. Tonight, the list was written on a glass bottle of Tostitos salsa which accompanied chips that the members snacked on between songs. Another memorable set in the books and another set list written on a recyclable food package.

Closing out the openers for this trio of shows was Carbondale’s pop punk favorites, The Copyrights. Similar to The Brokedowns, I’ve covered this band countless times and I’ve never gotten bored. The other fans in the crowd seemed to feel the same way as they pogoed and pitted around. I actually saw three guys in matching Copyrights t-shirts interlocking arms, dancing together all while never spilling their beers. The band’s front man, Adam Fletcher, fearlessly lead the four-piece through countless favorites such as “Kids of the Blackhole”, “No Knocks”, “Worn Out Passport” and of course “Shit’s Fucked” as the audience shouted back every word. If The Brokedowns and The Copyrights are the future that Christmas is offering up, then I’m stoked. I’ve been living in this world for some time and it’s a hell of a lot better looking than how I pictured the next four or so years panning out. Perhaps a Brokedowns set list will run for president in 2020. But I digress…

Night 3

It was the bottom of the 9th. The bases were loaded. It was time to bring it on home. Does that sound right? I figured that since I’m from and writing about Chicago, I should throw in some sports shit for you guys. Go Cubs, etc. The Lawrence Arms took the stage one final time in 2016. They opened with “The Slowest Drink…” and, from where I was standing, it looked like the whole of the audience suddenly imploded. Then, there was a huge explosion of movement as crowd surfers came out of nowhere and semi-full beer cans were rocketed through the air. Now, dear reader, I could drone on about the set. I could talk about the humorous things Brendan rattled off between songs to entertain the crowd. I could talk about how the trio has been a band for over 15 years and no matter the physical distance between them, they cannot help but display their chemistry when onstage. I could even mention that the crowd started up the Hennessy chant one more time; every fucking show with that damn chant! Instead, check out the set list and let’s wrap this thing up. On Night 3, they played:

The Slowest Drink at the Saddest Bar on the Snowiest Day in the Greatest City

Cut It Up

Beyond the Embarrassing Style

Presenting: The Dancing Machine (The Robot with the Monkey Head)

The Raw and Searing Flesh

Recovering the Opposable Thumb

Light Breathing (Me and Martha Plimpton in a Fancy Elevator)

An Evening of Extraordinary Circumstance

Chapter 13: The Hero Appears

Boatless Booze Cruise Part 1

The North Side, the L&L, and Any Number of Crappy Apartments

Right as Rain, Part 2

Like A Record Player

ENCORE:

The Redness in the West

The Ramblin’ Boys of Pleasure

100 Resolutions

Night 3 left me with a feeling very similar to the awe that I felt during Night 1. It was a kind of (drunken) cheer for the season. That being said, there is no point in arguing that the world is complete shit right now. We’re on the brink of what will be a very tense and interesting few years. We’re basically living in a dark comedy where all of this may actually be funny if it was happening to someone else… or to no one at all. However, for three amazing nights, music did exactly what I have always believed it is supposed to do. It was an escape and made things (at least temporarily) seem better. The Bollweevils showed that, no matter their age, they are and always will be a force to be reckoned with. Dead to Me is back with Jack and they have returned stronger than ever before. Dowsing is making huge waves and is turning jaded listeners like me into surefire believers. Worriers are incredibly and powerfully spreading their message and their fan base is growing by the moment. The Brokedowns will continue to talk about space weed and read their set lists off disposable cutlery between songs. The Copyrights will continue to write, record and effortlessly perform songs that will be deemed pop punk classics for decades to come. And the Lawrence Arms? Well, them angels been talkin’ of a possible new album in the works somewhere far down the road. Other than that, the War on Christmas will hopefully remain a pre-holiday staple. It’s the perfect way of bringing together friends from across the country to spend a drunken weekend in Chicago during winter. And what soundtrack would one listen to throughout a drunken weekend in December in the most beautiful city in the world? The goddamn Lawrence Arms.

Make sure you also check out the coverage from Night 1 and Night 2 of the Second Annual War on Christmas!

Check out the gallery for Night Three below:



The Brokedowns perform “Born on the Bayou, Too!” on Live From The Rock Room

Chicago punks The Brokedowns were recently featured on Live from the Rock Room, where they performed the song “Born on the Bayou, Too!” live.

You can check it out below.

The Brokedowns released a kick-ass record, Life Is A Breeze, at the end of 2014. According to some German magazine, they’re working on a new record that will be out sometime this year.



Album Review: The Brokedowns / Direct Hit! – ‘Making a Midwesterner’

With each passing year, it seems like more and more Record Store Day releases are, to be blunt, kind of lame. Since its inception, labels have caught on to the fact that people will buy records made in limited quantity regardless of its content or whether there’s any demand for it in the first place, completely missing the point of trying to highlight the format in the first place. This leaves us with far too many RSD exclusives that are made specifically to be bought and re-sold at ridiculous prices rather than emphasizing the music and the way it can be listened to.

Thank goodness for Red Scare Industries.

For RSD 2016, the label released Making a Midwesterner, a split 7-inch between The Brokedowns and Direct Hit!– two bands that perfectly encapsulate the state of modern pop punk from the American Midwest. (Okay, so Red Scare is (probably) not the only label, punk or otherwise, that put out proper RSD releases this year. Shut up.)

The split begins with two new tracks and a cover of Toys That Kill’s “Runnin’ the Front” by The Brokedowns, continuing their hot streak from two years ago. If you missed their (fantastic) 2014 album, Life Is a Breeze, these three bangers are a good of a place as any to play catch up. Combining the upbeat nature of The Copyrights or the Dopamines, the gruff shouts of Dillinger Four, and the self-loathing of… well, all of those bands (plus more), The Brokedowns alone are enough to make a Midwesterner.

Side two sees Direct Hit! contributing two new tracks that kind of bridge the gap (so to speak) between the supernatural themes of their previous work to their newer drug-centric songs. “Chemical Ability” doesn’t directly mention the apocalypse, but there are references to hooded men and mutations, linking it to the Hell-on-Earth setting of 2013’s Brainless God (and to a lesser extent, last year’s More of the Same compilation*), while “Avert Your Eyes” tells the story of an alcoholic (or at least someone in a perpetual state of drunkenness), leading up to the rest of the trip that makes up their latest album, Wasted Mind. The only thing that these songs are missing is a well-placed “Fuck You! Get Pumped!”.

Record Store Day might be yet another holiday becoming co-opted by big corporations to get people to spend money on things that they don’t need, but as long as the little guys like Red Scare have something to say, there’s still hope. And Making a Midwesterner is proof of that.

4 / 5

*This is unrelated to the review, but it’s worth mentioning: if Domesplitter counts as a full length album despite being made up of previously released material that was re-recorded, then More of the Same really ought to have been considered Direct Hit!’s third full length because it’s the exact same thing.



The Brokedowns streaming new song – “King Of The Dust”

Chicago punks The Brokedowns are now streaming a new track, titled “King Of The Dust,” and you can hear it right over here.

The song is off the band’s upcoming Record Store Day split release with Direct Hit!, titled Making A Midwesterner. That’s due out Saturday, April 16th (Record Store Day, duh) via Red Scare Industries.

The Brokedowns released a kick-ass record, Life Is A Breeze, at the end of 2014. According to some German magazine, they’re working on a new record that will be out late this year or early next year.

Direct Hit! apparently signed with some California label for their next record, which is due out this summer. Their previous release was last summer’s re-recorded compilation, More Of The Same (Satanic Singles: 2010-2014). Their last “real” album was their 2013 masterpiece, Brainless God.



Rad Girlfriend Records streaming The Brokedowns four way split

Rad Girlfriend Records  are streaming the four way split, B-Sides, between The Brokedowns, Boilerman, Brickfight and Boxsledder in its entirety.

You can stream the split below.

You can pre-order the split here.



Dirt Cult Records stream Todd Congelliere cover compilation

Dirt Cult Records recently released a compilation album dedicated to the bands of Todd Congelliere, including FYP, Toys That Kill, and Underground Railroad to Candyland.  The comp features covers from bands like Iron Chic, The Brokedowns, and Apocalypse Meow.

Give Todd is My Co-Pilot a listen below.  If you like what you hear, you can grab a copy as a pay what you want download.



Music Video: The Brokedowns – “Cash for Gold”

Chicago punk act The Brokedowns have released a music video for their song “Cash for Gold”. The track comes off of the band’s newest album, Life Is a Breeeze, and you can check out the video here.

The Brokedowns will released Life Is a Breeze digitally earlier this week, and will physically release is on December 9, 2014 via Red Scare Industries.

 



The Brokedowns stream “Born On The Bayou Too” off upcoming album “Life Is A Breeze”

Chicago punk act The Brokedowns are streaming “Born On The Bayou Too”, a brand new tune off their upcoming album “Life Is A Breeze” right here.  Give it a listen and let us know what you think.

“Life Is A Breeze” will be released via Red Scare Industries on December 9th (digitally, December 2nd).  Below are a couple local shows to go with the record release.

12/20/14 – Elgin, IL @ Dutch Inn West
1/3/15 – Chicago, IL @ Township



The Brokedowns stream “Joliet, The Maui of the Midwest” off upcoming album “Life Is A Breeze”

Chicago punk act The Brokedowns are streaming “Joliet, The Maui of the Midwest”, a brand new tune off their upcoming album “Life Is A Breeze” right here.  Give it a listen and let us know what you think.

“Life Is A Breeze” will be released via Red Scare Industrieson December 9th (digitally, December 2nd).  Below are a couple local shows to go with the record release.

12/20/14 – Elgin, IL @ Dutch Inn West
1/3/15 – Chicago, IL @ Township



The Brokedowns announce new album “Life Is A Breeze”

Chicago punk act The Brokedowns will be releasing a new full-length album titled “Life Is A Breeze” via Red Scare Industries on December 9th (digitally, December 2nd).

The Brokedowns released their last album, “Species Bender,” in 2010 via Red Scare.



The Slow Death stream new song “Breakdown” off upcoming split with The Brokedowns

Minneapolis punk act The Slow Death are streaming a brand new song titled “Breakdown” right here.

The tune will appear on the band’s upcoming split with Chicago’s The Brokedowns, slated to be digitally released on October 29th (physically on November 5th) via Red Scare.  The album will be available early for Fest 12 attendees and Chicago residents can look forward to a release party thrown November 8th at Township.

The Slow Death released their No Heaven EP last August via Rad Girlfriend Records while The Brokedowns released their latest album, “Species Bender,” in 2010 via Red Scare.