Since their inception in 1993, Chicago melodic punk band 88 Fingers Louie have always had an anthemic and catchy nature to their punk sound and this hasn’t changed at all in the two decades that have followed. Despite the band breaking up and reforming several times since their initial split back in 1996, one thing remained the same throughout, that the bands rousing songs remained upbeat and vital. Fast forward to 2017 and the bands new album Thank You For Being A Friend and this fact still remains the same.
Despite those splits and a few lineup changes (ex members of the band have gone to numerous bands most notably Rise Against and Alkaline Trio), the 88 Fingers Louie of today is stable and this new album (the bands first full album in almost twenty years) shows a band reborn both in terms of their spirit and their musical output.
Thank You For Being A Friend starts as it means to go along with the energetic opening track Meds and the stirring Advice Column setting the pace for the whole album to come and this pace doesn’t let up for the entire time the album plays. Tracks that follow like All The Right Words, Turned To Grey all the way through to the albums closing track My Final Story fly by in a maelstrom of energy and a great deal of melody, these are songs that will be stuck in your head for days and the whole experience is an inspiring mixture of exhilarating punk anthems and a knack for melding hardcore energy with an infectious catchiness that is impossible to ignore.
Like fellow melodic punks like Bad Religion, NOFX and Pennywise, 88 Fingers Louie have the experience from their past to really nail their sound with grit and authenticity and the passion and anthemic nature that comes across on this album is really infectious and really shows that 88 Fingers Louie still not only have what it takes to make a quality album but also that despite the bands ups and downs, Thank You For Being A Friend is certainly worth the long wait.
Punk veterans show they still have what it takes with extremely catchy new album