Comprised of many of Chicago's most influential punk rockers, and underscoring their eerily relatable lyrics with blistering guitars and battering drums, "The Black Sheep Band" is the musical manifestation of every person who has ever felt left out in life or treated like a cast-aside leper. Utilizing this stylistic immediacy for good, all proceeds from this record will benefit the Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago. (listen here)
Seizing your attention with their infectiously catchy melodies, ceaseless, drenching guitars, and sky-diving drums, “The Black Sheep Band” has crafted a record that, while short, will affect the sensibilities of your auditory system for years to come. “I Could Be Into You” plays like an entry out of anyone’s diary with its “every-man” lyrics and earworm melodies gliding along over a beat-neck rhythm. “Black Sheep’s” universal lyrics appeal to everyone’s basic sense of desperate loneliness, but twists the classic theme upon itself near the song’s end with the singer standing his ground and declaring his worth in spite of other’s vapid opinions of him. “Tell Me I’m the One” opens with the outstandingly bad ass line “Too many nights, lonely nights, you’ve set your sights on a girl with a butcher knife…Tell me I’m the one who makes you bleed” and drives home this sadistic feel with classic punk rock vocals and meteoric guitars that pulse with a volcanic cataclysmic drive.
Members of the band include well-known punk pioneers such as Jake Burns of Stiff Little Fingers, Dan Vapid of Screeching Weasel, Eric Spicer of Naked Raygun, Mike Byrne and Pete Mittler both of The Methadones, James Toland of Micro Penis, Gina Knapik of Venom Lords, Dan Knapik of Not Rebecca, Herb Rosen from Rights Of The Accused and jazz saxophonist Scott Haynes.