Deconstructing Jim
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Deconstructing Jim

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"January 2008 - Entertainment"

It's a sure sign that a band doesn't take itself too seriously when it lists its influences as "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions" and hosts a pre-holiday "Bad Christmas Sweater" concert.

But the lack of pretense doesn't mean that the members of Deconstructing Jim -- Jeff Julian (singer/guitar), Matt Yeager (singer/bass) and Brennen Chouinard (drums) -- aren't dedicated to their music.

The trio has played about 150 shows in just under four years, a number that backs up the "have van, will travel" claim posted on the band's MySpace page. Likewise, anthemic guitar jams like "Crash Landing" and "Fall On Your Own Sword" are the perfect soundtrack for knocking back cheap beers at a local dive -- exactly what attendees can expect on this suburban stop. - Chicago Tribune

"June 2007 Previews"

Well I'll be damned, if it isn't yet another reason to visit Joliet — the heavy rock trio known as Deconstructing Jim adds another layer of intrigue to the diamond-in-the-rough allure of Chicago's southwest. Combine syncopation, fuzz, distorted bass and full, strong vocals and you get the heavy sound of Jeff Julian (vocals/guitar), Matt Yeager (vocals/bass), and Brennen Chouinard (drums). You can look forward to a rhythm section that makes the Running of the Bulls sound like ants fleeing an anthill, and guitars that sound like frogs being crushed by the dozens. Pretentious solos are not the style of Mr. Julian, nor are lyrics about topics being covered daily on the WB. The songs I heard from their newest album, A Future Told By Swords, reminded me a lot of Queens of the Stone Age — some good riffs played loud with that sweet and spicy Joliet flavor. Who is Jim? Maybe someone whose head spontaneously exploded while listening to this band. (Appearing at Mustache Fest in Lemont on June 16) --text: Billy Kenefick - Chicago Innerview


The Further, The Better (LP) - 2005
A Future Told by Swords (EP) - 2007



Deconstructing Jim is Brennen Chouinard (drums), Jeff Julian (voc/guitar), and Matt Yeager (voc/bass) all of whom hail from southwestern Chicagoland. The three-piece band tours as often as their day jobs allow them. That’s where they’ve honed their live shows, which are punctuated by a thunderous rhythm section, dual lead vocal harmonies, and intricately written songs.

The band has many influences—Ron Sexsmith, The Beatles, Houston, Jawbox, Queens of the Stone Age, and Muse—just to name a few. But what drives Deconstructing Jim is a love of cold beer, new towns, and dirty rock venues.

Venues Played
Double Door, Elbo Room, The Note, Subterranean (Chicago); Canopy Club, Cowboy Monkey, Iron Post (Champaign-Urbana); Lemmon’s, Rocketbar, The Way Out Club (St. Louis); Big V’s, 7th Street Entry, Turf Club, Uptowner (Minneapolis-St. Paul); Elbo’s Bar (Dayton); The Melody Inn (Indianapolis); The Reverb (Cedar Falls); Three-1-Three (Belleville); Vaudeville Mews (Des Moines), The Klinic (Madison); Corner Bar (Kalamazoo); Soundpony Lounge (Tulsa); Kirby's (Wichita);