Brokedowns, Truman & His Trophy, Drilling for Blasting, Transgressions | Quenchers Saloon | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

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When: Sat., Jan. 3, 9 p.m. 2015

The Brokedowns are eternal. When I first saw them about 15 years ago, they had already established themselves as the best band in the grimy Elgin punk scene—and their brand-new LP, Life Is a Breeze (Red Scare), is a damn good indication that they’re not ready to ride off into the sunset. These guys play a well-worn brand of working-class pop-punk that’s hypermelodic but still rough around the edges. Bands like Dillinger Four and the Broadways used the formula to become big hits years back, but the Brokedowns have always executed it with more finesse, power, and brains—and they’ve never sounded bigger, better, or tougher they do on Life Is a Breeze. They’ll be headlining the biggest night of Ian’s Party, which they’ve been doing since the festival’s inception, and there is no doubt that the atmosphere at Quenchers will transform into a raucous, swaying sing-along, with drinks splashing from glasses and cans hoisted high. Here’s to the Brokedowns continuing to turn rooms into sweaty, beer-soaked riots year after year. —Luca Cimarusti

Price: $5

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