My absolute favourite Lucky Boys Confusion songs:
Breaking Rules (Throwing The Game)
"I drank enough to almost feel at home right here
But not enough to make me disappear.......
Repressing thoughts of suicide
A part of me three years I’ve had to hide"
40/80 (Throwing The Game)
Fred Astaire (Throwing The Game)
Bossman (Throwing The Game)
Do You Miss Me (Killians) (Throwing The Game)
Hey Driver (Commitment)
Mr Wilmington (Commitment)
Drugs (We're Alright) (Red Tapes Outtakes)
City To City (Red Tapes Outtakes)
The Struggle (Getting Out Alive) (How To Get Out ALive)
This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us (Closing Arguments)
Biggest Mistake (Closing Arguments)
The World Is On Fire (by Shock Stars not LBC - unreleased)
Lucky Boys Confusion may or may not still be going - it is hard to tell. I think they still play occasional local gigs (around Chicago). But I don't think they record together anymore. That's probably because their main songwriters and band members have new bands (formerly "side projects"). None have strayed far from the Lucky Boys Confusion sound - so if you like one......
Where are they now:
AM Taxi (formerly called American Taxi)
Words, Music, Singer & Guitarist : Adam Krier (LBC Guitarist & "2nd" Vocalist) and Jason Schultejann (Bass for LBC)
LBC singer Stubhy (Kaustubh Pandav) has also fronted:
The Super Happy Fun Club
The Insecurities were another Stubhy side project which followed Shock Stars and released EPs in 2008 and 2009. The sound is far looser than Shock Stars, poppier than Lucky Boys Confusion with piano coming high into the mix. The songs twist and turn like the best LBC songs, but they don't have that punk intensity. The style also flies all over the place: Beatles, jazz, power-pop etc..
Much to be recommended here. 'From One Alcoholic To Another' (2009) is like one of those rambling Springsteen or Steinman classics but with a big "pop" chorus.
Like his other bands, Stubhy's Insecurities lyrics are no easy ride, despite the "poppier" sound:
"I slit my wrists and children sang along" 'Circle Three Times' (2008)
Not to mention the dark material of 'Bite My Tongue' - "not every man's a car crash".
Both Insecurities EPs:
The Insecurities (2008) - 5 tracks and
Show Your Teeth (2009) - 7 tracks are recommended.
When American Taxi started I bought their first two EPs because I loved Lucky Boys Confusion and there was the obvious connection. However, they are now my favourite LBC-related band. They are the PUNK side of Lucky Boys Confusion. A Very tight band, passionate vocals, great basslines - The Clash for a new generation? Well, no, no-one will ever be. But Realy Really Good! And an absolutely CLASSIC album. One of my favourites of 2010 - if not my favourite.
For their debut album they changed their name to AM Taxi so as not to get confused with another band. I suggested Taxi For America - but they obviously thought better of it!
AM Taxi made the clever decision not to discard the songs off their EPs and write new songs for their debut album (a mistake made by many bands). So most of the EP songs reappeared here - but re-recorded. At first I disliked the production, prefering the original more raw versions. But now, listening back to the original versions, I realise the album versions are better - harder, leaner, tighter and more powerful.
The Runaway Songs Ep of 2007 features the otherwise unreleased songs: 'Maps And Medicine' - a highly recommended song to track down! The Good, The Bad And The Fed Up EP features the unreleased songs: The Mistake (acoustic) - Briliant version, and Girl Song (Flea Circus) which is OK, plus of course they all have unreleased versions of the album tracks - so both EPs worth tracking down.
On their myspace site there is the unreleased Christmas song 'The Worst Noel' You might recognise the tune!
There are also free unreleased songs: covers of 'EMI', and 'Paint It Black', an acoustic version of 'Fed Up' and a brand new demo called 'New Solution'.
They have also recently added another new song "Out On The Fire Escape".
Stubhy's latest band are called
The Super Happy Fun Club
and having listened to their new album "Go Fun Yourself" (2011) it is far punkier than his other side projects. It is a natural progression from Shock Stars (rather than the more experimental Insecurities). Those last two unreleased Shock Stars songs are similar and it will please fans of Lucky Boys Confusion.
They have a new song available as a free download on their site called "Way Back (The Conflict)" and it is EXCELLENT.