Their first album Beginners was a melodic exploration of anxiety, tackling adulthood and career life with equal earnestness and irony. Singles from the album, including “Romance” and “Hard of Hearing,” earned the band a lot of attention around Chicago, including a spot on Best of 2015 lists from CHIRP Radio and Chicago Mixtape, and nods from Deli Magazine and Midwest Action.
On their second album Fight Fair, the band focuses on their own inconsistent devotion to their ideals. With quirky, cerebral songs, Alec Jensen, frontman and songwriter, admits his privileged point of view, and the band collectively face palms when confronted with their own idleness vs. world injustices. The result is a detailed account of the psychological slapstick that turns a wannabe protester into a mere frustrated bystander.
With continuing inspiration from The Kinks, but an added dose of punk aggression from The Fall and Wire, Fight Fair is urgent and complex, but easily accessible.