The Uncontrollable Few

The Uncontrollable Few

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Bursting onto the scene with endless energy, infectious hooks, & some damn good rock'n'roll is Chicago-based indie rock group The Uncontrollable Few. The dynamic fivesome draws influence from all over the musical map to create a fun, edgy, irresistible sound you don't want to miss!

Biography

If variety is the spice of life, The Uncontrollable Few surely packs a flavorful punch! This explosive Chicago-based indie rock group offers an addictive pop sensibility, drawing from influences all over the musical map. Their latest release, Say It With Cobblestones!, shows off their range while tackling the array of reactions triggered by love/hate relationships with romance, society, and even oneself.

It all started in Westmont, an uneventful suburb of Chicago. A few friends got together to play a variety show at their high school in 2003. After some more shows, a few line up changes, and a graduation from obscure covers to original songs, they released the All-American Apathy EP just in time for the 2004 election. By early 2005, their first LP, Paper, Scissors, Rock was released. Though a raw and imperfect effort, PSR showed amazing potential for a group of kids ranging from 18 down to 14.

After high school, as many things, the band started to disassemble a bit, but the songwriting core of Charlie Crane and Megg Sorensen never lost their drive. With a lot of time and effort, they wrote, arranged, recorded, produced and released Say It With Cobblestones! in 2008.

Its title taken from graffiti of the 1968 riots in France, Say It With Cobblestones! is a different kind of pop album. Light-years ahead of their previous releases, it impressed their audience and was described as their breakthrough. It explores a personal yet universal look at the battles between love and hatred through music that's both catchy and unique. Influences from The Beatles, Elvis Costello, and Blondie to The New Pornographers, The Pixies, and The White Stripes can be heard. But among these great influences, The Uncontrollable Few still maintains their thrilling originality.

Currently, The Uncontrollable Few has an energetic new rhythm section and is frequenting Chicago venues, including their performance as part of the 2008 International Pop Overthrow Festival. Crane and Sorensen continue to write great new tunes, and The Uncontrollable Few continues to rock their way through the exciting Chicago scene.

Lyrics

Without A Fighting Chance

Written By: Megg Sorensen

Well I won't take credit for the amazing things that you have done
but likewise I won't suffer for your sins
Lately everything that I know is coming undone
my life a hand grenade without the pin

But if I run, well you wouldn't be the first one
So don't be surprised if you wake up alone and I am sorry in advance
That my propensity to roam
leaves you without a fighting chance

A baby sparrow outside squeaks to greet the morning sun
That spills vermillion hue upon the trees
And as I'm waking up I remember all the doubts I have
I'm troubled by your earnesty, it means that only I can see
That this ain't working out despite this star-crossed world that's singing
'All you need is love is all you need'
Well I have been in love and it's everything they say it is
But no one ever said it was for me

But if I run, well you wouldn't be the first one
So don't be surprised if you wake up alone and I am sorry in advance
That my propensity to roam
leaves you without a fighting chance

So don't be surprised if you wake up alone and I am sorry in advance
That my propensity to roam
leaves you without a fighting chance

I know it's cruel, I know it's crass
Leave you without a fighting chance

Discography

Releases:
All-American Apathy - EP, 2004
Paper, Scissors, Rock - LP, 2005
Say It With Cobblestones! - LP, 2008

Radio Airplay:
"You Can't Do That" - Beatle's Cover for XRT's Rampant Beatlemania, 2008
Frequent play on 88.7 WLUW Chicago, Razor and Die Show

Set List

A typical 45 minute setlist:
1. Enemy
2. Harlequin Girl
3. Questions & Damn Good Answers
4. Everybody Loves Heike
5. I Want To Be Forgotten
6. Che Guevara Goes To The Mall
7. Without A Fighting Chance
8. Disarmed
9. Something To Say
10. This Means War!

Our typical set is around 45 minutes, but we're very flexible. We have over 2 hours of original material, and past covers include The Beatles' "You Can't Do That", "Girl You Have No Faith In Medicine" by The White Stripes, "Radio, Radio" by Elvis Costello, and "Story Of The World" by The Jetset.