Lucky Boys Confusion
No, they're not from Long Beach. They're from Chicago.
Chicago area band Lucky Boys Confusion recently signed with Elektra Entertainment, the home of Metallica, Third Eye Blind, Busta Rhymes, Bjork and others. Based in the Downers Grove / Naperville area, LBC released their first album, Growing Out Of It on their own Townstyle label in early 1999 and began to build a loyal live following, playing frequent suburban parties and YMCA gigs, and later moving on to a series of shows at Chicago's Metro.
LBC recently finished a sting of 5 sold out shows in 5 months time- 3 shows at the venerable Metro (1100 capacity) and 2 at House of Blues (1300 capacity). Boasting an electric live show and a fantical and growing young fanbase, Lucky Boys Confusion was lucky enough to have their hometown Alternative station, Q101, add their "Dumb Pop Song" into heavy rotation in late January and the song remained a station favorite for several months and was a staple in their "Top 9 at 9" nightly countdown show. A major label chase commenced.
The band released their second CD in late March, an EP length recording "The Soapbox Spectacle" that has sold briskly in the Chicago market. A video for "Dumb Pop Song" was made in late January and received airplay on the Box and local JBTV. Their self-released "Growing Out Of It" album has already sold over 4,000 copies.
This recent activity caps a year of fast growth for the band and established them as the most buzzing unsigned act in Chicago. Following a string of Metro dates and on the strength of a hard core suburban fanbase, LBC was tapped to play Q101's Acoustic Christmas club show with other local standouts Local H, Cupcakes, Nash Kato and Showoff in December. The band performed live in the studio on the station's local show and received regular airplay on the Sunday night show.
Their first album, Growing Out Of It, is a collection of the band's first year-and-a-half together. Using the theme of children growing up in modern suburbia, Growing Out Of It draws on topics ranging from hassles with the local authorities (The reggae-tinged "40/80"), complicated relationships ("Of Course", "Deja Vous"), and failed expectations ("Fred Astaire"). In other words, think of it as a concept album for the hip-hop generation.
"What we tried to do with this album," explains lead singer Kaustubh Pandav, "is create a workable, experimental hybrid of all the stuff we were exposed to when we were growing up, from the Beatles through Sublime." Backing up Pandav's soaring vocals is guitarist and co-vocalist Adam Krier. When Krier kicks in vocally, such as in the tracks "Arizona Stand" and "Gwendolyn B. Sings Sin", the band's added dimension shines. Solidified by the crack rhythm section of Ryan Fergus (drums) and Jason Shultejann (bass), as well as the scrappy, inspired guitar leads of Joe Sell, the album is seemingly playful one minute, while unrelenting the next.
As Lucky Boys Confusion looks forward, questions must be answered. "We want to take this all the way," confirms Pandav, when questioned about where he sees the group going in the future. "This is what we have always wanted- for more and more people to hear what we have to say through our music."
The band plans to record it's Elektra debut this fall and will be touring extensively around the recording schedule. The new record should be released in early 2001.