The return of Pinebender and more at this year's Do-Division Street Fest | Bleader

The return of Pinebender and more at this year's Do-Division Street Fest


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Pinebender is playing its first show in two years at the Do-Division Street Fest this June, but they're not reuniting, they're returning—you can't call it a reunion if the group hasn't actually thrown in the towel. "We don't like to think of the band as broken up. Just lazy," says Pinebender front man Chris Hansen.

Pinebender's big, dynamic indie rock finds a middle ground between noisy and pretty, and epitomized a sound that dominated the Chicago underground in the early aughts. The band formed in 1999, and its most recent record is 2006's Working Nine to Wolf. Since then, members of Pinebender have played in a ton of groups, including Tight Phantomz, Redgrave, Brokeback, and Head of Skulls. Their Do-Division set is on Sun 6/3. Wondering what got the guys back together for the festival? "Not much of a story," says Hansen. "Just got asked, and it sounded like fun."

There are of course a whole bunch of other bands on the just-announced Do-Division roster—and more will be announced as the festival nears. So far the Leavitt Stage, programmed by Subterranean and House Call Entertainment, has JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, Todd Hembrook & the Hemispheres, and the O'My's on Fri 6/1; Le Butcherettes, O'Death, White Mystery, and Brown Bird on Sat 6/2; and Murder by Death on Sun 6/3.

The Damen Stage, booked by Empty Bottle Presents, features Black Belles, BBU, and Moon Furies on Fri 6/1; Peanut Butter Wolf, Besnard Lakes, Craig Finn, Mannequin Men, Peter O'Connell, In Tall Buildings, and Chris Connelly on Sat 6/2; and the Antlers, Pinebender, Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons, Teengirl Fantasy, People's Temple, and Eiren Caffall on Sun 6/3. Friday's lineup will be hosted by funnyman Peter O'Connell.

Should be a fun weekend. Admission is a $5 suggested donation. I'm excited for Pinebender, even though Hansen has warned me that the band "probably won't be able to get a Sabbath cover together for Do-Division. So you'll be stuck with our songs."

Here's "Kick It" from Pinebender's first LP, Things Are About to Get Weird.

Doesn't that album cover just scream 2000?