With the aptly-titled sophomore effort Commitment, Chicago's Lucky Boys Confusion hit the ground running in an unapologetic yet melodic look at life from behind a microphone, guitar amp, or drum kit. It is a defining moment for any hard working band that's ever picked up an instrument or packed into a van and hit the road. Check these guys' music by clicking the links below.
In the two and a half years since their Elektra debut Throwing The Game, the toils of life on the road have seasoned the group - a run of 250-plus shows in 2001 and hundreds more in the subsequent years has made this determined young band grow up quickly. Memorable stints with everyone from Something Corporate and The Juliana Theory to Blackeyed Peas and a turn on the Warped Tour ensured this resilient fivesome their reputation, but it is their willingness to grow as songwriters that guarantees a bright future for Lucky Boys Confusion. "I was 19 and Adam was 17 when we wrote the songs for Throwing The Game," explains frontman Stubhy. "There's a big difference in maturity and growth on this record. We survived a pretty tough year last year, a lot of soul searching both business and personal. I was never a believer in adversity bringing out the best in you, but it's amazing how a lot of bad stuff can make you a better writer."
With their second release, while being signed with Elektra Records, "Commitment" Lucky Boys Confusion's fan base continues to grow every day. Coming off their latest tour with bands that included Zebrahead, Slightly Stoopid, Plain White T's, and Swizzle Tree.
With their latest release many people say they have changed styles, going from the "hardcore-punk band" of their earlier released records (Growing Out Of It, Soapbox Spectical, and Throwning The Game) to what Stuby (lead vocals) has called a "power-pop band" when "The Late Show With Kreig Killborn" aired "Hey Driver" this winter.
When looking at the fact that they did an extensive tour with Slightly Stoopid, I would say that it was impossible not for the band to change at least a little. Then they got Michael "Miguel" Happoldt to produce "Commitment", he is known for producing records for Sublime and Long Beach dub Allstars. They also landed "Half Pint" to help out with some vocals in the song "Sunday Afternoon".
This album truly shows how much the band has grown, the most obvious thing anyone can see or "hear" the first time you hear this album is the bands ability to span across many genre's of music. Songs like Champions Dub and Sunday Afternoon show the Ragee sound (this can also be herd in some of their older songs, Not about Debra and Dumb Pop Song). Songs like Hey Driver and Beware are very catchy, pop-punk songs. Then there are hardcore songs like Atari, and finally they show they can sing about very serious topics in songs like Mr Wilmington and Something To Believe.
This is all coming from a Chicago local band that made their name by playing in small venues signing mostly about doing drugs, partying, and all the problems with suburban life. They have now grown into a band that has some very meaningful songs, however, I dont feel that they have lost their roots back here in Chicago.
While this band is starting to get air time on radio stations across the country, more and more people will be coming in contact with this wonderful group of guys. Between catchy songs, and lyrics that can actually make you think this band is on the road to bigger things. And as we wait to see who they will go out of tour with next I urge you to check out their latest CD "Commitment".
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