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88 Fingers Louie join Bird Attack Records

88 Fingers Louie join Bird Attack Records
Salad Days

88 Fingers Louie are back with their first album in 19 years, entitled ‘Thank You For Being A Friend’, and they can’t wait for you to hear it.

The Chicago-based punks have teamed up with Florida’s Bird Attack Records to release the new album, set for a June 30th 2017 release. Watch ‘Advice Column’ lyric video:

The release will be supported by UK and European touring:
Jul 30 – Southampton UK, Joiners
Aug 02 – London UK, Underworld
Aug 03 – Blackpool UK, Rebellion Festival
Aug 04 – Norwich UK, Owl Sanctuary
Aug 05 – Duffel BE, Brakrock Festival
Aug 06 – Barcelona ES, Rocksound
Aug 08 – Linz AT, Auerhahn
Aug 10 – Milan IT, La Gabotina
Aug 11 – Tolmin SL, Punk Rock Holiday
Aug 12 -Ypern BE, Ieper Fest

88 Fingers Louie (named after a shady piano salesman from the Flintstones cartoon) has played a very important part in Chicago’s rich punk rock heritage. The seminal Chicago melodic punk/hardcore band got their official start in 1993, where they quickly started writing, playing shows and released three 7” records during their first year as a band. The band’s sound was unique and a combination of all the things they loved about punk-­‐rock—drawing influences from 80’s California punk, east coast hardcore as well as midwestern hometown heroes the Bollweevils, Naked Raygun and Pegboy.

A lot has changed in the 19 years since Chicago’s 88 Fingers Louie last released an album. Shortly after the release of a split EP in 1999 with Philadelphia’s Kid Dynamite, the band decided to call it quits due to differences in vision for the band’s future. Its previous members went on to form and join almost a dozen new bands in the wake of 88FL’s demise (Rise Against, Explode And Make Up, The Story So Far, Paper Mice, Alkaline Trio and many more). This is a story with many stops and starts, ups and downs and many of the players have come and gone throughout the band’s career. What’s most important is that they are back with a new album entitled ‘Thank You For Being A Friend’.

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‘Thank You For Being A Friend’ is to be released through Bird Attack Records on Friday June 30th 2017 on 12″ vinyl, CD and digital download.

Catch 88 Fingers Louie on tour in Europe this Summer, including appearances at Rebellion Festival, Brakrock, Punk Rock Holiday and Ieper Fest.

88 Fingers Louie are:

Denis Buckley – lead vocals
Dan “Mr. Precision” Wleklinski – guitar, vocals
John Carroll – drums, backing vocals
Nat Wright – bass guitar

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