Chicago band creates irresistible hooks, dynamic changes, and raw energy to create an addictive sound prompting Billboard to name The Its! as one of the Midwest's top indie acts.Share
An independent, unsigned, band with retro and modern tendencies striving to be heard. It’s nothing new, right? Yet somehow, the boys of Chicago’s The Its! make it all fresh and exciting again. And that’s worthy of a listen.
Channeling retrofitted rock, syrupy riffs and a backbeat that launches hips into orbit, The Its!’ sound is like a Polaroid album of timeless rock, while remaining eminently fresh and inventive. Perhaps it’s the band’s four distinct personalities—Maciej (vocals/guitar), Patrick (drums), Nicko (bass/vocals) and Eric (guitar/keys/vocals)—that contributes to its frenzy of modern influences and classic styles.
Their self-titled debut, released on Chicago’s own PWMD Records in 2005, helped familiarize a new generation of attentive listeners to the band’s tornado of sound. The Chicago Sun-Times regaled, “Cheery and cheeky, The Its! recall early Squeeze in their tunefulness…[and] their rascally spunk. In the circus of this music—sometimes Clash-y in its ska rhythms, other times Camper Van Beethoven-ish in its cleansing of ethnic genres—it’s just…adorable.” Illinois Entertainer proclaimed, “The Its!…capture the essence of working class U.K. bands… Lead vocalist Maciej serves as a likable everyman while searching for love, employment or some fun on the weekend.” And 93XRT’s Local Anesthetic host Richard Milne declared the band’s music “melodies that linger.”
This summer, The Its! return to form with Mistakes. The new album capitalizes on the band’s frenetic, addictive groundwork while showing its collective and cohesive growth and reach. Overall, Mistakes has a thicker sound; the songs are edgier, fuller, with beautiful melodies and big harmonies. Lyrically, Mistakes finds The Its! taking a longer, deeper look at their surroundings and, with the help of heavy rhythm and knife-edged guitar riffs, echoing them back.
The Its! have been finalists in a handful of songwriting contests, most notably the Billboard Magazine-tapped DiscMakers Independent World Series. They’ve played festivals, including South by Southwest and Mobfest. They’ve shared the stage with bands such as Hot Hot Heat, The Bravery, Field Music and Asobi Seksu. But perhaps more importantly than a certificate or a co-bill is the impression their shows have left on audiences.
The Its! live show is filled with infectious energy. The band’s highly danceable music, combined with its members’ wide smiles and obvious enjoyment in performing, engages the crowd the way few independent bands do. As for The Its!, well, they’re not afraid to jump right in as well—sometimes all too literally. Last year saw Eric getting so involved in the band’s appearance at Chicago’s famed Metro that he ended up with a torn ACL, surgery and months of physical therapy.
Full-speed ahead, The Its!’ path is clear: “My parents have always encouraged me to do my best, don’t step on people’s feet, do what no one else will do to have what no one else will have,” says Eric. “Never give up on your dreams; anything can be accomplished with willingness.”
Classic words, handed down—and yet, they’ve never sounded fresher or truer. The Its! have something to say; just listen.
The Its! - "M!STAKES" LP - (2007) (PWMD Records PWMD008)
M!STAKES LP tracklisting:
01) WINNING THE LOTTO
02) WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE?
03) MY FANTASY
04) SO LOUD
05) THE TEENAGED LOCAL ROCK SUPERSTARS (TLRS)
06) JUST TO SAY
08) STATE OF THE UNION
09) INSTANT FAMILY
10) MY DAY
13) WHEN THE TREND DIES
The Its! - LIMITED ED. (Punchline/B Movie Flop/Hot As The Sun- CD Single) (2006) (PWMD Records PWMD004)
The Its! - S/T LP (2005) (PWMD Records PWMD001)
The Its! - LIMITED ED. (Delilah/Devil In Her Heart CD Single) (2005) (PWMD Records PWMD002)
BandPromote.Com Mike Galaxy Presents
SXSW 2005 (2005) (Tracks: In Your Pocket; Take A Number)
Independent Music World Series Midwest Compilation (2004) (Tracks: In Your Pocket)
S/T LP tracklisting:
01) In Your Pocket*
02) Go On
03) Take A Number*
04) Song For The Dead*
06) I Just Wanna
07) You're Not My Girlfriend
08) Why Don't You Leave?
09) Pay No Mind*
10) No Reply
11) What's Going On?
12) New Beginnings
13) More More More
***includes 3 BONUS tracks***
Wake Up (previously unreleased)
In Your Pocket (ma & pa jukebox verion)
What's Going On? (live)
written, recorded, and produced by The Its!
*These tracks have received numerous spins on college radio from coast to coast. The album was in the Top 20 adds for CMJ 2005.
Songs may be streamed and/or downloaded from:
Typical 30-45 minute set.
- Hot As The Sun
- Teenaged Local Rock Superstars
- What Are We Doing Here?
- So Loud
- Just To Say
- Winning The Lotto
- My Fantasy
- When The Trend Dies
- State Of The Union
-More More More
-Take A Number
-Hot As The Sun
-Devil In Her Heart
-Nice To Meet You
-Song For The Dead
-State Of The Union
ALSO IN THE BAG OF GOODIES:
-Did I Mention
-Friends or Lovers
-Brush it off
-Pay No Mind
-I Just Wanna
American Girl - Tom Petty
Running Down A Dream - Tom Petty
Should I Stay Or Should I Go - The Clash
Love Fool - The Cardigans
Runaway - Del Shannon
Do You Wanna Dance - Bobby Freeman