Late in the Playoffs
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Late in the Playoffs

Chicago, Illinois, United States | SELF

Chicago, Illinois, United States | SELF
Band Alternative Punk


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Every once in awhile an unknown band drops in your inbox and instantly grab your attention; and I don’t mean by some fancy hyped-up press release. When I heard “You Won’t” by Late In The Playoffs some months back, their radiant energy instantly won me over and got me interested in the Chicago group, so much to the point that I would mention them wherever possible.

Now with their debut EP, Everything I Know Late In The Playoffs showcase a sensible, smooth indie pop style that has urgently from the start as Aaron Goldschmidt’s laid back words ease you in on the title track, whilst the bands tight-knit sound adds to the sincerity and overall feel of the track leading up to sustain pay off with gorgeous guitar lines courtesy of Conor Page.

Next up is the finished version of “You Won’t” and thankfully it hasn’t lost that urgency the demo had. With neater production and more well-rounded tone, it’s a fine example of why you should be getting excited about Late In The Playoffs. From hearing “You Won’t,” you get the impression that the Chicago quartet love playing music and thrive off creating songs like this together. It’s energetic, lively yet finely structured and well-presented.

“New Directions” follows on with its sincere vocals and feel-good, fast energy. Whilst the “not quite a breakdown” breakdown, slightly spoils the tracks flowness, yet the band quickly get things back on track with an impressionable mix of vocal harmonies and a complimentary guitar tone that nicely closes the track.

The summery “Blue Eyes” is next with its light, airy opening with the pleasing line of, “If you like coffee and enjoy Motion City, then I can say you’re hardly new to my way life,” giving way to a steady-paced number that takes a sensible pop approach that is just satisfying to hear. Both structurally and lyrically, it just feels right and leaves you smiling.

“Waking Up (Is The Hardest)” rounds off the EP with its enchanting yet driving approach. Once again Goldschmidt’s vocals strongly stand out and ideally blend in brilliantly with the bands appealing sound, something that is consistent throughout.

For a debut EP, Everything I Know is flaw-less and it’s a clear indication there is something special about Late In The Playoffs. From these five songs, the Chicago group come off as a honest, sincere band who take great care in the music they make, yet at the same have fun whilst doing it.

Whilst it is more or less a perfect EP, it must be noted that the obvious comparisons to Mae and Motion City Soundtrack are at times heavily evident, yet the overall quality of these songs is not affected by this, as it is plain and simple Late In The Playoffs are certainly a band you should go and listen to, as it’s clear by this release that there potential is forever growing, and it’s no doubt that they’ll soon be a band that will be receiving plenty of attention, and it’s attention that is clearly justified.

SCORE: 9/10
Review written by: Sean Reid - Under The Gun

"Review: Late In the Playoffs - Everything I Know"

If smooth, stunningly catchy pop melodies were all anyone needed to succeed in the music industry, Late In the Playoffs would already be the biggest band in the scene. With their debut EP, Everything I Know, the Chicago, IL quartet, composed of frontman Aaron Goldschmidt, guitarist Conor Page, bassist Dan Schein, and drummer Christian Ray, are poised to shoot for that title anyway.

Everything I Know begins with the title track, a shimmering ballad with soaring vocals that serves as a fitting introduction for the rest of the EP. The following four songs might as well be a textbook on how to write great pop-rock music. First and foremost, Aaron Goldschmidt is a great vocalist. His high but never overly whiny voice carries each song with unmistakable confidence. The lyrics, while never earth shattering, serve the songs quite well with earnestly delivered stories of love and loss. “Blue Eyes,” a fun, quirky love song that also features some pretty harmonies, is the best of the bunch.

While the focus of the music is always on Goldschmidt’s memorable melodies, the level of instrumental talent that runs underneath the whole record is what makes it really interesting. For example, Dan Schein’s bass riffs in the verses of “You Won’t” give the song a groove that lifts it above a standard pop-punk part. The guitar leads are intricate but subtle enough that they never draw attention away from the core of the song. The only misstep is the almost-but-not-quite-breakdown in “New Directions.” It comes suddenly and breaks up the flow of the song, feeling like a cop out for a band that proves in every single track on this album that they are a great writing team.

There is certainly no shortage of bands playing this style of radio-friendly pop rock, but if the talent displayed on Everything I Know is any indication, Late In the Playoffs will be making waves in the scene in no time at all.

SCORE: 9/10
Review by Troy Sennett - Late Night Sing-Alongs


Everything I Know - EP

1. Everything I Know
2. You Won't
3. New Directions
4. Blue Eyes
5. Waking Up Is The Hardest



Late in the Playoffs is a pop rock band based out of Chicago, IL. All in college, this group of four has been together since 2009 and already has played popular Chicago venues such as The Metro, Double Door, Reggie's, Beat Kitchen, and Subterranean. The band is steadied by lead singer and rhythm guitarist Aaron Goldschmidt and after a number of lineup changes, the group was finally solidified with bassist Dan Schein, drummer Christian Ray, and original member Conor Page to fill lead guitar duties.

After a lot of hard work and long hours, the group just completed work on their highly anticipated EP, “Everything I Know,” recorded with veteran engineers Mark Michalik (The Swellers, Fireworks) and Jamie Woolford (Let Go, Punchline, The Stereo). The album is a five-track journey about love, loss, and finding yourself paced by Goldschmidt’s relatable lyrics and loads of outstanding melodic moments from the rest of the band. Late in the Playoffs is garnering an abundance of praise for their latest work including, “Everything I Know is flawless and it’s a clear indication there is something special about Late In The Playoffs (Sean Reid – Under The Gun)” and “If smooth, stunningly catchy pop melodies were all anyone needed to succeed in the music industry, Late In the Playoffs would already be the biggest band in the scene (”