The Western
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The Western

Chicago, Illinois, United States | SELF

Chicago, Illinois, United States | SELF
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"The Black Sheep Interviews: The Western"

Even in the most cramped of basements, chock full of Grateful Dead and Wilco posters, "The Western" still rocks. The quality of sound in their humble surroundings was beyond great, which, if it's an indicator of only one thing, it's that these dudes are actually really, really awesome musicians. Despite only playing together for a couple of months, The Western are already on their way to much success. The six member band (Karl on keyboards; Tim on guitar, mandolin and percussion; Peter as the lead singer; Ben on guitar and keyboard; Andy on bass guitar; and Alan as the drummer) may not be too-known now, but a year from now you'll want to be the one saying "Yeah, I listened to 'The Western' before they were mega-huge and famous." -


"Captain/Reminders EP" (December 2012)

"The Damp Times" - LP (October, 2011)

"Crushed, Tracks, But EP" - EP (March, 2010)



Throughout the spring and summer of 2011, The Western recorded their debut album, The Damp Times, at Chicagos Rax Trax Recording. What surfaced is a document of the first, brief era in the bands history: from the first show in March 2010, to departure of Alan Mellovitz, the bands beloved drummer, in mid-2011. The Damp Times is a snapshot of a band at the beginning, with Alans inimitable mark all over it.

The band released The Damp Times in late 2011 to literally no reviews, neither positive nor negative. As far as most of the rock music-listening Internet world is concerned, it doesnt even exist. But it does from the opening, spacey synth of Wayside to the closing, extended jam of All Encompassingly, there is most certainly an album here.

Its an album with songs big and small, though mostly big: from the anthemic charge of Two, Two, to the bittersweet gallop of Let Me Slide, to the alternative rock of Incidental Earring, it moves through its 50 minutes briskly.

Since the albums release, the band has picked up Doug Gallow to man the drums, forging a sharper, increasingly groove-based sound, while retaining the nuances that make The Damp Times unique. A new era is underway.

Our New EP is now available!