Published Jul 23, 2009Trust a classic punk band like Chicago's Naked Raygun to release their first recorded output since 1997 as a series of seven-inches. Yep, the band will be entering Transient Sound Studios in their hometown to record tracks that will be released as a vinyl series on Riot Fest Records sometime this fall.
And, for Naked Raygun fans, the news gets even better. The band, in their current incarnation of vocalist Jeff Pezzati, drummer Eric Spice, bass player Pierre Kezdy and guitarist Bill Stephens, also plan to record a new full-length in the near future, their first since 1990's Raygun, Naked Raygun.
The reunion was spearheaded by the 2006 Riot Fest in Chicago where Naked Raygun first played together after a number of years. The band also played the festival in 2007 after the release of their anthology record, Last of Demohicans. And naturally, Naked Raygun will headline the fest again when Riot Fest 2009 takes over Chicago this October. This year's loaded bill also features Butthole Surfers, Murder City Devils, Alkaline Trio, Screeching Weasel, NOFX and many more.
In the meantime, Naked Raygun will do a mini-tour of the Eastern U.S. this September for the first time in 20 years with Philly's Paint It Black, a band Pezzati did guest vocals with on their most recent LP, and fellow Chicago punk band Shot Baker. Also, Naked Raygun recently released a CD/DVD package entitled What Poor Gods We Do Make, also available on Riot Fest Records, which featured performances from their 2006 festival appearance and a full-length documentary spanning their career.
But back to that proper new release of Naked Raygun studio material. The undisputed kings of the "whoah eh whoah" melodic vocal crunch have at least one more classic album in them, we just know it. And if even one song sounds even remotely as good as "Home of the Brave," we'll be stoked as hell.