Friday, December 4, 2009

The Return of Small Brown Bike

Posted By on 12.04.09 at 04:38 PM

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Small Brown Bike return to Chicago tonight, five years after the posthardcore/emo quartet from Marshall, Michigan, played a farewell show at the Fireside Bowl. The band officially announced the reunion of their original lineup in early October, a decision they'd obviously been building toward at least since their short string of performances in 2007 (including two shows at Subterranean). They've already returned to No Idea Records' the Fest 8, held in Gainesville, Florida, in late October of this year.

I'm pretty familiar with Small Brown Bike's catalog, and I gave their stellar 2001 album Dead Reckoning (No Idea) more than a few spins on my record player back when it came out—imagine the perfect marriage between Hot Water Music and Under the Radar-era Grade. And in retrospect the endearing angst rock on the 2003 follow-up The River Bed (Lookout) makes it clear the band packed it in much too soon.

Rather than just playing a handful of festivals and big blowout concerts, like lots of reunited bands do (the Murder City Devils are a good example), Small Brown Bike is already releasing new material—the new No Idea seven-inch Composite, Volume One—and intends to put out more. They don't want to tour constantly, however. They say they want to "have fun, write music, and play a few shows here and there. Just like we did when we started the band. Keep it simple."

Tonight at the Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont), Small Brown Bike plays a 6 PM all-ages show with Bridge & Tunnel and the Amoebas and a sold-out 10:30 PM show with Noise by Numbers and Cheap Girls.

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