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Shooting Blanks

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""Wasted Time" CD Review"

Judging from the lyrics, it's difficult to tell whom SHOOTING BLANKS despise more - themselves or girls. Filled with self-loathing and misogyny, 'Wasted Time' is a snotty, super-charged punk album. Anyone can appreciate the frenzied energy of SHOOTING BLANKS' punk anthems. - Illinois Entertainer Magazine - March '04

""Wasted Time" CD Review"

Shooting Blanks spew out snotty melodic pop-punk with a snarl and a beer bottle aimed at your head. Witty and funny, the writing deals with girls and drinking, but doesn’t sink into the sappy emo-pop territory. Instead, these guys do a great job of not taking themselves too seriously and just rock out for rocking out’s sake. “Wasted Time,” “Simple Song” and “She Loves Me Cuz I Rock” have been playing back in my head for the better part of last week, so it’s with a clear conscience that I urge you to pick up a copy of this record. It’s just a good dose of fun and goes great with a tall glass. - - August '03

""Nuclear Family" EP Review"

So many of these Chicago-based punk pop boy bands, whose members usually sport oversized t-shirts, crew cuts and goatees, are ever-so-fond of writing about those tank-topped "punk-rock" girls who go out with them after the Green Day concert to get matching tattoos. If conformity through mockery was what Shooting Blanks was going for on the song "No One Knows," and, overall, on the EP "Nuclear Family", that’s definitely what they got. - Katherine Raz -

""Nuclear Family" EP Review"

Here is an EP that keeps the humorous pop punk slant and mixes in a tad harsher, reckless behavior. This six song cd from Chicago's most delinquent is a pleasant surprise. Yes, you get the humor and shenanigans but the music is written very well. The stupider this EP gets, the more genius it becomes. These boys should be signed soon. They fit the Hopeless Records mold of bands quite well. - Travis Shope -


2004 - featured on "Play With The Dogs" BoneRecords compilation
2003 - "Wasted Time" full-length CD
2001 - featured on "Reflections in the Wading Pool" compilation
2000 - "Nuclear Family" EP


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SHOOTING BLANKS is the future of kick-ass, high-energy, drunkPunk, rock-n-fucking-roll. After growing tired of watching all of the pathetic excuses for rock stars that bore their crowds into a near comatose state, Brey and Hoffman decided to razzle the rock community by forming SHOOTING BLANKS in the summer of 2001.

After recording their debut EP "Nuclear Family" later that year, SHOOTING BLANKS added Deech and Dan to the mix to round out this all-star lineup of musical deviants. SHOOTING BLANKS has been writing catchy stuck-in-your-head anthems and playing shows non-stop ever since. With a live show that is unsurpassed, their fan base is growing monumentally day-by-day.

Fueled by their passion for rock and their love for cheap alcohol, SHOOTING BLANKS remains one of the hardest-working bands in Chicagoland. With no outside help, SHOOTING BLANKS has independently shot three music videos, released a studio-recorded EP & a computer-enhanced full-length CD, gained regular airplay on & been featured guests on the legendary Chicago rock television show "JBTV", has four SHOOTING BLANKS online video games, has independently toured the country, has been featured on Chicago's major radio outlets as well as tons of college radio stations nationwide, has opened for national acts, and has played shows in most of the major clubs throughout Chicagoland and the surrounding suburbs.