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Walking Bicycles

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1354 W. Wabansia Ave.

Chicago, IL 60642

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9PM DOORS | 9:30PM SHOW

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Walking Bicycles

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From the outside looking in, listeners would never know how much the members of Walking Bicycles went through since forming in 2004 — or, for that matter, what they went through leading up to that. How could they? There’s no air of major label hype or enigma-like backstory. Singer Jocelyn Summers, guitarist Julius Moriarty, bassist Jason Leather, and drummer Deric Criss just aren’t the type to boast, despite a deep history that warrants doing so.

Walking Bicycles have released five records, the last of which was the critically-favored To Him That Wills The Way. A heavier listen than the rest of their discography, the album centered around the isolation, separation, and loneliness. The intense look inwards left them feeling exhausted. Logically, they decided to look outwards at the world around them for their follow-up record.

That’s where Chooch comes in. On their first new album in 5 years, Walking Bicycles use a series of vignettes to highlight the chooches of the world: the jackasses, the idiots, and every person in between who continues to act inappropriately. Whether it’s calling out the eternal devastation of waiting for the man to stop controlling life on “Dumbshit Never Learns,” the dark side of conspiracy theories and false idolatry on “ESP,” or the conservative Fountainhead movement circling back in “Fat Cat,” Chooch is a record that confronts familiar annoyances with the most freeing, middle finger-up act of defiance.

Guided by warped guitar tones, menacing drums, and thundering bass, the new sound Walking Bicycles present on Chooch is louder than anything they’ve recorded before. Consider it a blend of the manic attitude of Thee Oh Sees, the shadowy singing of Siouxsie and the Banshees, and the burst of freedom that comes from telling the worst people in the world that they can go to hell. With Chooch, the band shows just how far you can come as music-obsessed friends without having to compromise the way in which you get there. Now more than ever it’s clear that the successes Walking Bicycles achieved in the DIY community come from 15 years of hard work and a refusal to settle for anything less than what feels right.

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