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DS Exclusive: They’re Still Alive in Chicago & Their Record Release Party Proves It!

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July 14, 2018, found Chicago’s Still Alive hosting their record release show at GMan Tavern, just a few yards down from the legendary Metro Chicago, and almost directly across the street the Wrigley Field. The iconic baseball stadium had Def Leppard and Journey co-headlining at the Friendly Confines. For those who chose the more intimate setting of Gman Tavern, they witnessed some raw punk rock served up sans the glitz and frills afforded to stadium rockers. I’m betting none of those in attendance at the smaller show would have traded locations.

Chicago’s Still Alive at its record release show at GMan Tavern

The group’s new record, “Assemble,” is made up of 7 tracks including Schedule One. The band’s description of the tune: “This song is about cannabis being categorized as a schedule one substance. A schedule one drug is one that has no medicinal value and is highly addictive, yet the American government holds the THC patent as medicine. We call bullshit.”

Still Alive’s current lineup is made up of Dan Alfonsi on guitar/vocals, Dom Burdi on guitar/vocals, Mikey Cervenka on drums, and Bryan Schroth on bass. I caught up with Alfonsi a few days later and we discussed the band’s formation 9 years ago, their history thus far, and plans for the future as far as he can see from now.

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Alfonsi describes the band’s founding, “Still Alive started in 2009 with 3 other friends from other bands that I liked.  We all played in some variation of a punk/ska band so we took that and made it a little heavier. From there we just wanted to play fast and heavy while maintaining the ska roots.”

Cervanka and Alfonsi got their musical start early while Burdi “his own way,” and Bryan seems to have grabbed musical influences from just about everywhere.”

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Alfonsi recalls a few of the issues they faced and why he characterizes the band’s start as slow. “We played our first show in 2009 once we were able to hold down a line up long enough practice a full set. Things were definitely slow going for a while. We even played a few songs from my old band Young Til We die to fill in the gaps. 2012 was when we really started to play more often and out of the city.”

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Getting to play on bills with many of their favorite bands from growing up has been a highlight in itself. Amongst those Alfonsi and his bandmates feel fortunate for having the chance to share a stage with include Suicide Machines, Choking Victim; and Leftover Crack.

However, Alfonsi is quick to point out that the camaraderie experienced by being in a band and a part of the punk rock community, both local and nationwide, is his favorite part  “Jumping in the van with some of my best buds and playing out of town is always a blast. Another awesome aspect has been getting to know so many rad people along the way. Meeting other bands and like-minded individuals have made any hard work well worth it.”

The name Still Alive was partially inspired by the name of Alfonsi’s previous band, Young til We Die. The other half came down to the band members picking it out of a hat. Alfonsi tells me he believes the other options were: “Bloodied Up” and “Drink the Punch.”

Alfonsi describes who the group is at its core: “We are a DIY band. We gave the label thing a spin and it wasn’t for us. We write and produce all of our music with the help of our buddy Justin Yates who keeps us in check when recording.”

“Every member that has played in Still Alive is a Chicago area native minus Chuck Vroom who played bass for a bit before moving back to Detroit. There he’s played with The A Gang, Bastardous, For Dire Life Sake and a bunch more,” says Alfonsi

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“Mikey works as a Warehouse Manager in the western ‘burbs. Bryan works at Bandago renting vans to touring bands. In addition to Bandago, he is the merchman extraordinaire for Lagwagon, Me First, Less Than Jake and whoever else needs him haha. Dom works as an office manager with insurance dealings. Dom has another band called Beat The Smart Kids that that is pretty killer. Fun ska stuff. I work as an Interior Painter in the city and I also do some festival work when it’s in season. Besides Still Alive I play bass in a hardcore band called The Ox King, drums in The Ridgelands and also drums in rarely active Brick Assassin. All Chicago bands.”

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Alfonsi tells me that he cannot nail down his favorite bands long enough to set a list of them in stone. “Personally, my list of favorite bands is too long and constantly changing so I’ll list my top three local bands. There are so many to choose from, but these are my favorites. All three work super hard and put a lot of time and effort into their music. It shows in the recordings and it really shows live: La Armada, Kali Masi, and Blood People. Honorable mention: Bomblower, Turnspit, and Counterpunch.”   

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As for the future for Still Alive? Dan Alfonsi tells me the band is brewing some exciting things up. Some they can announce and some they are not quite ready to do so.

“Moving forward we just recorded five songs with Justin Yates at A Million Yen Studio. The recordings are for a split with Rebel Spies from Detroit and Justin Shwier of Underground Comminque is putting it out.  Aside from that, we have some cool shows coming up to round out the year that aren’t announced yet, stay tuned.”

Of course, we turned the topic to, as must be done, to the role of punk rock in the era of the Trump Presidency:

“Life is becoming more surreal every day under this administration to the point that we as a people are almost used to it. It’s crazy. There is certainly no shortage of topic to write about, but the toll it’s taking in the meantime is frightening to say the least. The best we can do at this point is to treat each other well and hope that closed minds will start to open.”

As great as the record release party was, however, the night did end with a bummer as Alfonsi explains:

“A few hours following our release show 7/14 I was involved in a collision with a motorist while on my bicycle. I can’t get into too much detail because it’s an ongoing thing, but I urge everyone to pay better attention to your surroundings.”

Needless to say Alfonsi, his friends, his family; and the band’s fans are relieved that Dan is Still Alive and on the road to recovery.

We at Dying Scene wish Dan a speedy and full recovery as well so he can be back onstage as soon as possible.

Still Alive (ska) stream new album “Assemble”

Ska punk act Still Alive are now streaming their new album “Assemble.” The boys will be playing a release show tomorrow night, July 14, in Chicago at GMan Tavern. Pick up some tickets here if you like!

“Assemble” serves as follow up to their last release of single, “Ransom Note.”

Check out the album below.

Free Music: Still Alive’s “Ransom Note”

Chicago ska-core act Still Alive are offering up a previously-unreleased track called “Ransom Note.”  You can listen to it below, and if you like it, you can download it for free right here.

Still Alive’s latest album, Choices, was released last August through Jump Start Records.

Music Video: Still Alive – “Almost There”

Chicago ska-core act Still Alive have premiered a music video for their song “Almost There”. You can watch the video below.

“Almost There” is taken from Still Alive’s latest album Choices, which was released last August through Jump Start Records.

Bobby Pickles interviews Millencolin on this week’s episode of Dying Scene Radio

This week on Dying Scene RadioBobby Pickles chats with Mathias Färm and Erik Ohlsson of the legendary Swedish skate-punk band Millencolin prior to their stop at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, on the North American leg of their 2015 True Brew tour. Pickles probes the two Scandinavian guitarists about that time their mutual friend, Frankie Dan acclaimed tattoo artist who passed away unexpectedly at the age of 35, had the entire band tattoo their signatures onto his leg. Erik says they have the entire encounter on video somewhere and they will post it soon, now that they have heard the news of Frankie’s untimely demise. Bobby also asks the two about Millencolin’s iconic sound, their preference for Viking women, and then relays several offensively idiotic questions that were penned by Bob NoxiousVideo of Bobby Pickles’ full-interview with Millencolin can be found on the DSR YouTube page. Vignettes by: Dan of Still Alive, Mark of Madaline, and Shaun Colón and Joel Herrera of A Fat Wreck and Punk Rock Film FestEpisode 29’s recurring theme: Crapping out on punk rock knowledge.

Hear all the incessant blathering, plus all the latest new music and headlines, below.

Dynamite Dynamite – Die For This
The Mistakes – Sick Of The Sun
Still Alive – Choices
Madaline – No Sound
Blisterhead – Tumbling Down
Harrington Saints – Side By Side
Half Empty Glass – People Like You
Millencolin Interview
Millencolin – Bring Me Home
Ivan Drago – Coming Down
Start At Zero – Buzzer Beater

Still Alive offer free download of “Shadow Anthem” off new album “Choices”, enter to win CD prize package

If the release of Still Alive‘s new album “Choices” managed to fly under your radar this is your excuse to rectify that mishap. Jump Start Records is offering a free download of “Shadow Anthem”, a fantastic hard hitting track from the release, and a chance to win a prize package featuring a CD of the hardcore-punk album along with a Jump Start t-shirt and whatever “goodies” they have laying around the office.

Download the track for free and enter to win the giveaway below.

“Choices” was originally released on August 25th and can be streamed in its entirety via bandcamp.

Still Alive streaming new album “Choices”

Chicago ska-core act Still Alive are now streaming their new album, Choices, and you can check it out below.

The album was released digitally on August 25, 2015 via Jump Start Records.

Still Alive stream new song “Actors & Puppets”

Chicago ska-core act Still Alive are streaming a new song titled “Actors & Puppets”. The track will appear on the band’s upcoming album, Choices, and you can give it a listen below.

Choices is due out on August 25, 2015 via Jump Start Records.

Station Cases release new EP, announce tour dates

Tampa ska-core band Station Cases have released their new EP, Stagnant, and you can check it out below.  This release comes on the heels of their 4-way split with  Kill LincolnStill Alive, and The Best of the Worst.

Station Cases are also touring later this month, and you can find the dates below.  You can also catch them at The FEST this October.

Still Alive sign to Jump Start Records; stream new song “Guilty”

Chicago ska-core act Still Alive have signed with Jump Start Records. The band has also revealed that their new album (and first with the label) will be called Choices and will be released this summer. To get you pumped for the album’s release, Still Alive has released a stream of the album’s first single, “Guilty,” which you can listen to below.

Choices is due out on August 25, 2015 via Jump Start Records. 

Still Shaking stream new song “No Luck”

Norwegian punks Still Shaking are streaming another new song from their upcoming album Strike One, which is set to be released later this month through Fight Records.

You can give “No Luck” a listen below. We also hosted the exclusive premiere of the first single from Strike One last week; check that out right here.

Still Alive offers free download of new EP “United By Defiance”

Chicago ska-core act Still Alive are offering free downloads of their awesome new EP “United By Defiance”. The EP consists of two original songs and one kick ass cover of “Capsule” by The Suicide Machines. Still Alive left the following message on their Facebook page regarding “United By Defiance”, and their upcoming material in the works:

“We fully intended on using the sound clip at the beginning of “United By Defiance” on the My Own Hell record, but that never happened. Ins…tead, we thought it would be fun to knock out a couple tunes before the years end a give them to you all as a huge THANK YOU for all the fun we’ve been able to have so far. Jeff Dean is responsible for recording the two originals at A Million Yen Studios on 11/3/13 and the Suicide Machines cover was recorded by Justin Yates at Atlas Studios during the My Own Hell sessions. We’re already working on new tunes so be ready for a new 6 songs come summer 2014. THANKS SO VERY MUCH FOR THE SUPPORT, WE LOVE YOU ALL!!”

You can listen to and/or download the EP below.

Still Alive self-released “My Own Hell” on July 2nd.

Still Alive offer free download of new EP “My Own Hell”; announce east coast tour dates

Chicago hardcore/thrash/reggae band Still Alive are offering their new EP “My Own Hell” up for free download.

Click here to snatch it up and view a full list of dates and locations on the band’s upcoming tour of the east coast.

Still Alive self-released “My Own Hell” on July 2nd.

Still Alive stream new song “Took My Place” from upcoming album “My Own Hell”

Chicago hardcore/thrash/reggae band Still Alive are streaming a new song called “Took My Place” from their upcoming album “My Own Hell.”

Click here to check it out.

“My Own Hell” is set to be released on July 2nd.

Still Alive posts demo track from upcoming album

Chicago hardcore thrash reggae band Still Alive is streaming a brand new track Entitled “Reach For The Sky” and you can check it out right here.

The song will appear on their new album, “My Own Hell,” set to come out in August.