Ian's Party: Meat Wave, Vacation Bible School, Heart Shaped Hate, Lifestyles, JOB, High Priests 17+ Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Sun., Jan. 8, 5 p.m. 2017

Enter Lifestyles, some sort of Chicago scuzz-rock supergroup. Together, Lil Tits guitarist Hanna Hazard, Touched by Ghoul bassist Alex Shumard, and Foul Tip bassist Adam Luksetich—who drums both here and in Circuit Des Yeux’s live lineup—abandon the complexities and dynamics of their other projects for a hearty slab of stripped-down, primal punk rock. As heard on their self-titled debut LP for Maximum Pelt, the brilliance of Lifestyles is rooted in simplicity: channeling the Misfits, Circle Jerks, and L7, they scoff at flashiness and excess, choosing instead to hammer out bare-bones, midtempo, three-chord smashers built out of muddy, blown-out guitars and very bad attitudes. In front of it all is Hazard, who sounds like the deranged love child of Kat Bjelland and Jello Biafra and pulls catchy hooks out of the band’s gross, mucky cacophony. Since releasing Lifestyles, the trio have expanded to a four-piece by adding Aaron Preusch on second guitar—and with him they’ve written a whole new pile of material.

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Luca Cimarusti

Price: $15, $40 weekend pass

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