In their burst-from-hibernation show at Lounge Ax last weekend, E.I.E.I.O. were swaggering and joyful, lean and mean. The midwestern foursome (the members live strewn from Berwyn to Madison) has been in retreat for near on a year. The group has no new album to show for it, but who cares? They just fall back on the glittery gems of guitar rock that made up their 1988 grunge masterpiece, That Love Thang, retreating into the safety of a precise guitar attack, that lean rhythm section, and the silky spectacle of Steve Summers's voice. To this the group adds two secret weapons: (1) the hysterical modernity of lead guitarist Rob Harding's roots licks, and (2) the improbable songwriting double threat of Summers and bassist Richard Szeluga. E.I.E.I.O. has two albums out now, and there's not a bad song on either of them. Saturday, FitzGerald's, 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn; 788-2118.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/John Sykaluk.