Metro – Chicago, IL
Hundreds of punk fans moshed their way into Thanksgiving with Naked Raygun last night. The crowd for sure brought their A-game for this joyus event. So many pits formed throughout the night. Some fans even tried to crowd surf which I just found hilarious. That may fly for a pop show but not for this hardcore/punk crowd. So many people bit it hard, I have to admit it was highly entertaining. For those unfamiliar of who Naked Raygun is, they formed in Chicago during 1981. They were one of the first U.S. post-punk bands of the ‘80s merging melodic sounds with punk. After a number of album releases in the ‘80s the band ended up splitting after the release of Raygun…Naked Raygun in 1990. Members went on to perform with other bands including Pegboy and The Bomb. Due to public demand for Naked Raygun in 1999 indie label Touch and Go/Quarterstick Records reissued all of Naked Raygun’s albums with bonus tracks. A compilation album was also produced including collected works from 1980-1992. After a massive turn out for their 2006 reunion at Riot Fest, playing to a sold out crowd of 4,000 people they decided to come back with new releases. Currently there is a release #4 of their 7” series and they are heading back into the studio at the end of the year to record more material. Tours are being set up for both the West Coast and Europe in 2012.