Textbook Announce “Only When I’m Breathing” EP

Screen Shot 2016-08-31 at 9.02.27 PMChicago’s Textbook will release a new EP Sept 27, 2016 on Torture Chamber Records (owned and operated by Dan Vapid of Dan Vapid and The Cheats).

The EP was produced by longtime collaborator Matt Allison (Alkaline Trio, Lawrence Arms, Menzingers) and is the follow up to On The B-Side (Best of) released last March on Paper + Plastick Records.

Video: Textbook – Shared Privacy

TextbookChicago pop-punk band Textbook have released a new video for the song “Shared Privacy”. The song comes from their latest record “All Messed Up,” out now on Torture Chamber Records.

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All Messed Up

Torture Chamber Records

Rating: 4/5




There are those times in a friendship where bridges get burned. The best intentions are pitted against bad breakups and misinformed frustrations, futile to the fears of the future that eat us up inside. Textbook gets that. All Messed Up is the kind of crushing blows we all meet at some point or another. Can’t look back fondly and hope for those same good times to come back around . “I guess I forgot to tell you everything I’m not” yells Dan Lysien on the opening track.  There are things you never tell those closest to you–holes in stories that even the sharpest private eye would miss. It’s the small cracks that bring people down. You wanna do good by everyone, but not everyone wants you do to good by them. 

You look back fondly on the past, you see the roadblocks that have been put up by compatriots. Lysien sings a song for every hopeless romantic on the Great Lakes. “If You Don’t Know By Now”  is a mixture of The Replacements and the Get-Up Kids in a brilliant and simplistic way that reminds me of the shorts, surefire power behind the Spitfire of WWII. The song was made to fill a purpose lost on bombing raids over the English Channel. Dread and fear sucked up into a heroism in the dark night sky that says “why the hell not?”

God, it feels so awful that it’s true on “Never Meant To Be”: “I’m glad to know you’re alive/and let this fairy tale decide/ if we were meant to be/let this fairy tale decide.” It patters out with “decide” ringing through the air. When you see your friend hurt, your significant other in pain, and you try to help and signals get crossed it feels exactly how it should feel on “Call You Up,” or “Missed You First.” What is it with Chicago bands and my heartstrings that they always seemed to be tuned exactly the same way? I guess I could blame Matt Allison, the producer on the album, but it has to be more than just that. Maybe I just find them at the same time I lose someone important in my life. Who knows. The guitar of Lysien and Dan Knapik shake my bones and boil my blood from my cold-blooded veins in the new winter winds of 2015 I wonder what they would have done back in October when this album was first released. They brush out my cobwebs and the pickled desires of my past on “Change My Mind.” 

Textbook pushes me onto my next move–its a tough world out there, my interpersonal skills lack from time to time, my negativity will be the death of me–but I know that wounds happen, and friendships may fall apart, but they can all be fixed in time.


Textbook Streams Two New Songs

TextbookChicago punk punk act Textbook is streaming two new songs.  The tracks are titled “Never Meant To Be” and “Shared Privacy” from their upcoming full length, All Messed Up, which is due out tomorrow through Torture Chamber Records.

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Dan Vapid’s Torture Chamber Records To Release New Record From Textbook

textbookTorture Chamber Records, a new label started by Dan Vapid, will release the new record by Chicago pop-punk vets Textbook (ex-Not Rebecca, Noise By Numbers).

The record is due October 28, 2014 and was produced by Matt Allison (Lawrence Arms, Masked Intruder, Dan Vapid & The Cheats) and features guest vocals by Jeff Pezzati (Naked Raygun) and Dan Vapid (Dan Vapid & The Cheats, Methadones, Screeching Weasel).


Video: Dan Vapid And The Cheats – ‘Miracle Drug’

Dan Vapid and the CheatsChicago punk band Dan Vapid And The Cheats have premiered a new video for  their song Miracle Drug.

The track is taken from their latest  record Two, released in 2013 via Torture Chamber Records.  The video was directed by Danny DelPurgatorio, who is best known for the Zack Snyder penned animation short Tales of the Black Freighter, and features the band playing live against a simple black background and simply lets the song speak for itself.

You can check out the video here.

Dan Vapid and the Cheats - Two

Dan Vapid and the Cheats


Torture Chamber Records

Rating: 4/5




For a band that was supposed to be nothing more than a one time thing to support punk rock icon Dan Vapid blast through his 20 year career on stage in Chicago back in 2011, Dan Vapid & The Cheatsaren’t doing too badly these days. Their second full length, appropriately titled Two, is out now via the band’s own Torture Chamber Records and for someone who has been in many well loved punk bands over his career (Screeching Weasel, The Methadones, Riverdales, The Queers) its no huge surprise that the sound of his current band incorporates elements from all of these.

At 12 tracks and 25 minutes, there is no doubt that Two is a straight up punk rock record featuring vocal harmonies and hooks aplenty, all played with a sense of purpose. I’m a Contrarian, Live it Down and Panic In The Streets follow a well trodden punk rock path – fast paced, driving guitars and shout-a-long choruses, while still managing to sound fresh and new. I Wanna Go To Machu Pichu Before I Die and Miracle Drug show off the band’s lighter side and willingness to not take themselves too seriously. Cold And Rainy Days is a highlight, by far the stand out song on the record. The harmonies here are particularly impressive, and Dan delivers an outstanding vocal. It’s reminiscent of Don’t Back Down-era Queers, with a modern punk rock twist.

Overall Dan Vapid & The Cheats show no signs of suffering from the dreaded “second album syndrome”as Two is a must own for new and old fans alike.

Dan Vapid & The Cheats Stream New Song / Announce Tour

VapidDan Vapid & The Cheats have released a stream of Cold and Rainy Days, a song from their latest full length, Two (review coming soon!) which was released on July 23rd via their own label Torture Chamber Records.

You can listen to Cold And Rainy Days here, and check out selected tour dates below.

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Two New Songs From Dan Vapid & The Cheats

Dan Vapid & The Cheats are streaming two new songs over on DyingScene.  The tracks are titled “Panic In The Streets” and “Invader” from their brand new full length, Two, which dropped today on Torture Chamber Records.

Listen to them here.