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Chicago, U.S.A. – Whoa! Records is pleased to announce a summer full of new music and great shows, with releases from About the Mess, Seized Up, The Wanton Looks and The Black List.
Chicago punk rock outfit About the Mess is set to release a split with Detroit rockers Seized Up. The two bands teamed up in early 2012 at Million Yen Studios in Chicago with engineer Jeff Dean to record four songs about Life, Love, and Partying. Entitled White City Blackouts, the album is currently available for pre-order on vinyl at the Whoa website with a street date of June 5th. The album features two songs from each band, including About the Mess’ new single “I Remember ’94.”
About the Mess also released a video on BlankTV to accompany their new single “I Remember ’94.” Says About the Mess frontman Joe Mizzi, “I thought of all these great songs I grew up listening to in the ’90s about being a kid going to punk rock shows … and well, we are all grown up now, and there should be a song about that.” The video captures the feel and energy of an About the Mess live show and gives us a close-up look – maybe too close up – of what the band is all about.
To support the White City Blackouts split, About the Mess and Seized Up will play an album release show June 9 at the Cobra Lounge in Chicago. Also playing the show will be The Wanton Looks and Bottle Kids.
Chicago rockers The Wanton Looks will be celebrating the vinyl release of their self-titled album at the June 9 show as well. Influenced by acts as diverse as the Ramones and the Ronettes, The Wanton Looks have long been known for their powerful live performances. Now they’ve masterfully captured that energy on their new 12-song self-titled album.
On Saturday, June 16th, About the Mess will join Detroit-based The Black List and Smoking Popes at Small’s in Hamtramck, Michigan. Copies of The Black List’s new album, The Elephant Graveyard, will be available at the June 16 show. Black List frontman Jim says of the album, “It’s not all about aggression anymore; it’s still there, it’s just not the focus.