Articles of Faith return! For the first time in 25 years, the band will reform (with all original members) to record an EP at Chicago’s Million Yen Studios for release on Alternative Tentacles on October 5th. It will be available digitally and on vinyl…keep an eye out for some new songs to drop in the weeks leading up to the street date. Not content merely to record, they’ll celebrate the new wax with their first live show in 25 years, at Riot Fest in Chicago the week of October 6th-10th. The band will be doing a photo shoot during the recording sessions (July 2-6) to replicate their iconic photo in front of 1000 Liquors on Belmont Avenue from the 80s, at the same location to document the reunion after all these years.
Expect the first line-up announcement for Riot Fest to hit next week when 5-day passes go on sale, it is the biggest Riot Fest yet, more venues and shows are planning than ever before.
Articles of Faith dominated the Chicago punk scene from 1981 to 1985, stunning the scene with a triple guitar attack and a diverse sound that drew from funk, reggae and jazz, featuring lyrics about finding fulfillment in a consumerist, mass consumption-focused society. Their protest songs were lyrically a cut above, raising the bar with coherence and passion while mirroring the DC Dischord scene. In four short years they left an indelible mark on punk and hardcore, paving the way for the vibrant Chicago music scene for years to come.
AOF released two Eps and two LPs, and toured North America many times from 1983-1985.
Alternative Tentacles Records released the complete discography of the band in 2002. Bondi resurfaced with another politically charged band, Report Suspicious Activity, in 2006, and was featured prominently in the documentary American Hardcore.