In 2009, I found myself standing front row at the Double Door in Chicago for the CD release party of what we all thought was the final Lucky Boys Confusion album, the fittingly titled Closing Arguments. While it was all new material to me, it was released as a collection of unreleased demos and b-sides they’d collected over the years, but I was thankful for one last record from one of the most unique and underappreciated bands I know.
Since then, I’ve seen them sell out the House of Blues and half a dozen other venues at least once a year to a frenzied audience that can’t seem to be satiated. For a band that has been more or less defunct, save for the occasional live show, LBC continue to be at the forefront of the Chicago punk scene with some of the most loyal fans I’ve ever seen.
How fitting then that on New Years Eve, standing in almost the same spot inside the Double Door as I watched the band ring in 2017, they announced the title of their long-gestating return album: Stormchasers. As a band that is still active, nearly exclusively because of a fanbase that refuses to quit, this new release is something that can’t come fast enough. Stormchasers is set for release on April 15.
by Kyle Schultz