Piebald

Kickstand Productions Presents!

Piebald

Pet Symmetry

Sat, July 29, 2017

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

Subterranean

$28.00

This event is 17 and over

Piebald
Piebald
Emocore outfit Piebald formed in 1994 when vocalist/guitarist Travis Shettel, guitarist Aaron Stuart, bassist Andrew Bonner and drummer Jon Sullivan were still high school students in suburban Andover, MA. Sullivan left a few years later; Alex Garcia Rivera stepped in before the band ultimately settled down with Luke Garro behind the kit.

Quickly becoming a staple of the Boston-area indie circuit, Piebald released their first album, When Life Hands You Lemons, in 1997 via Hydra Head Records. They followed up two years later with If It Weren't for Venetian Blinds It Would Be Curtains for Us All, which further presented the band's lighthearted spin on typical emo values, offering such song titles as "Fat and Skinny Asses."

The EP The Rock Revolution Will Not Be Televised appeared in 2000 before Piebald amicably split to focus on life outside the band. Boston-based imprint Big Wheel Recreation released the dual-disc retrospective Barely Legal/All Ages the following year, which collected shaky recordings from their high school days all the way up through their 1997 debut; the set also included all of Piebald's early 7" EPs, some demos, live cuts (including a blistering cover of the Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There"), and out-of-print tracks. During the break, Shettel also put out a solo record under the appropriate project name of Totally Travis.

The band's separation didn't last long, however; Piebald announced their return in 2002 with We Are the Only Friends We Have, a fun-yet-mature album that was quickly embraced by fans and critics alike. A single from that album, "American Hearts," saw minor success on MTV and was even sampled a few years later by MC Lars on his emo-laptop-rap "iGeneration."

It was a year of unprecedented good fortune for the band, but things took a turn for the worse when Shettel had to undergo throat surgery. Shettel's health problems resulted in the cancellation of a string of live shows (opening up for Dashboard Confessional, no less), but the band wasn't down for long. Shettel healed up in a few months' time, and Piebald headed back out on the road to headline with bands like My Chemical Romance, Minus the Bear, and Fairweather in tow.

By early 2004, Piebald had inked a deal with Cali-based indie label SideOneDummy, and their next album, All Ears, All Eyes, All the Time, came out that May. Late in the next year, while the band toured with Hot Rod Circuit in their new environmentally friendly, vegetable oil powered van, the CD/DVD B-sides collection Killa Bros and Killa Bees was issued. Piebald's next proper full-length, Accidental Gentlemen, hit stores in January 2007.

Piebald's last show was on April 19, 2008 at Cambridge, MA's Middle East Downstairs, though the band reunited for sets at The Bamboozle festival in California and New Jersey in early 2010.
Pet Symmetry
Pet Symmetry
With their feet planted on the distortion pedal and tongues placed firmly in cheek, the bespectacled Chicago trio Pet Symmetry will release their debut album Pets Hounds on May 19th via Asian Man Records. Pulling members from Dowsing, Kittyhawk, Mountains for Clouds, and Into It. Over It; Pet Symmetry is a gleefully spontaneous and unrestrained outlet for good friends Erik Czaja (Guitar), Marcus Nuccio (Drums), and Evan Weiss (Lead Vocals, Bass) to scratch their itchy power pop impulses. Stream the first single “Give Thanks (Get Lost)” below.

Pet Symmetry took its first steps in the winter of 2012. The idea behind the collaboration was to avoid thinking too much about writing songs or being in a band, and just had fun with it. It was around the same time that they came upon their name. Like pretty much everything surrounding the project, it was an off the cuff inside joke among friends with an awful but endearing affinity for goofy dad humor. Their good buddy and famous “Punk Celebrity” Chris Farren was posting fake band names on Facebook. Weiss saw Farren throw out Pet Symmetry and immediately texted him for permission to use it for the new project. Farren agreed but demanded their first born children, and also that the band thank him in the credits of every album. Pet Symmetry did Farren one better by putting him on the cover of Pets Hounds with a pair of noble beasts at his side.

With all three band members busy touring and recording with other endeavors, work on Pets Hounds has been an ongoing process for the past year and a half. That unique approach towards writing and recording as downtime and an escape from more “serious” projects shows through in the unbridled and upbeat spirit of the album. The majority of Pets Hounds was recorded in late 2013 with engineer Mark Michalik who has worked often with Weiss in the past. It took another year before they had time to put the finishing touches on the album, adding vocals and guitar before mixing and mastering this winter. The end result is emblematic of the heights a band can reach when they just kick back, plug in, and go with what comes to them. No second guessing. Just fun.
Venue Information:
Subterranean
2011 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60647
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