Chicago pop-punk band Showoff are back in action with their new record, Midwest Side Story. The album is now available via Dodgeball Records, the recently launched label started by Showoff front man Chris Messer, his wife Dani and Mike Felumlee of the Smoking Popes. Showoff are playing a album release show tonight at Brauerhouse in Lombard, IL, tickets can be purchased here
Midwest Side Story can be ordered via Showoff‘s website here
Dodgeball Records website is here
Midwest Side Story
Before we get into Midwest Side Story we need to have a brief recap on the rise and fall of Showoff, in the late 1990s they self released their first album and EP, this led to the band signing to Madonna‘s Maverick Records and the release of their sophomore album, but changes within the label’s structure and subsequent tension within the band resulted in their dissolution, leaving a third album recorded but unreleased. In the mid 2000’s a brief reformation saw the release of their fourth album before the band once more dissolved, but now Showoff are back with their fifth studio album, the fourth to see the light of day, and this time they’re doing it on their own terms as Midwest Side Story is released on Dodgeball Records, a label owned and founded by front man Chris Messer, along with his wife Dani and Mike Felumlee of the Smoking Popes.
From the first chords of the opening track, Popular Kid, it’s clear that Showoff are back to doing what they do best, this is anthemic pop punk that packs all the hooks and catchy choruses that the best of the genre delivers. Midwest Side Story also carries those harmony vocals and the almost obligatory acoustic led tracks that were pop punk trademarks, but there are moments that break away from the pop punk style that dominates the album, in particular the frantic Falling Apart brings a brief punkier blast to Midwest Side Story. Showoff have delivered a consistent and well crafted album that should be lapped up by fans of pop punk luminaries such as Bowling For Soup, Weezer, Blink-182 and of course Showoff‘s original fans.
I’ll admit that I’ve been critical of a lot of recent pop punk releases for recreating a sound that predates many of those band’s members births, but I can’t exactly level that criticism at a band that were present at pop punk’s year zero. Midwest Side Story is a damn fine pop punk album, there’s nothing on the album that will come as a surprise, but there’s nothing to disappoint as this is a well crafted thirteen track album that carries all the finest elements of pop punk, every woah, guitar hook, lovelorn lyric and harmony vocal is everything you’d hope for, and if you’re a fan of pop punk’s glory days then Midwest Side Story is the album you’ve been waiting for.
Midwest Side Story will be released on the 22nd September and the album can be pre-ordered here
Wiretap Records have released their latest ATTENTION! charity compilation, once again all proceeds will be going to the ACLU. The compilation contains over thirty tracks and is a pay what you want release, although it is suggested that you consider a donation of at least $1. The compilation contains tracks from Young Hunger, Odd Robot, Slowkiss, Kamikaze Girls, Looming, Decent Criminal, Choke Up, Gender Roles, Attic Salt, Regarde, Club Night, Daydream, The Vansaders, Crooked Teeth, Aviator, Sleep In, Copneconic, The Apology Tour, Deer Leap, Pop Warner, Portkey, Junior Astronomers, West Means Home, Kevin Nichols, Watch for Horses, Reunions, Toy Cars, Showoff, Beachnut Brackish and more. The latest volume of ATTENTION! can be downloaded here
, Attic Salt
, Beachnut Brackish
, Casual Friday
, Choke Up
, Club Night
, Crooked Teeth
, Decent Criminal
, Deer Leap
, Elijah Newman & The SideEffects
, Gender Roles
, Junior Astronomers
, Kamikaze Girls
, Kevin Nichols
, Odd Robot
, Pop Warner
, Sleep In
, The Apology Tour
, The Vansaders
, Toy Cars
, Watch For Horses
, West Means Home
, Wiretap Records
, Young Hunger
Showoff have released a live video of I Don’t Hate You Yet that was recorded for a Live From The Rock Room session, the track is taken from their forthcoming album, Midwest Side Story, that is due for release via Dodgeball Records on September 22nd. Showoff are also set to play a hometown show with Punchline at Reggie’s Rock Club in Chicago on August 12.
Midwest Side Story can be pre-ordered here
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Beloved Chicago pop-punk band Showoff are back in action with plans to release a new album this Fall, the band has now released a stream of a new song, Popular Kid, that is taken from the forthcoming album, Midwest Side Story, that will be released on September 22nd via Dodgeball Records.
Pre-orders For Midwest Side Story will be available from July 21st here
You can stream Popular Kid here