Chicago’s LAWRENCE ARMS emerged in 1999 as a savior to people who wanted nothing but intelligent bare-bones punk rock.
After a couple releases on Asian Man Records, THE LAWRENCE ARM chose to work with Fat Wreck Chords from among several interested labels and released Apathy and Exhaustion in early 2002. Their Fat Wreck debut was recorded after 13 months of constant touring and is an aptly-titled product of a band that endured every mishap and triumph of an arduous tour. For over a year THE LAWRENCE ARMS lived on the road, and every bit of defiance, debauchery, and desperation, comes through on Apathy and Exhaustion. Their next sonic conquest came in the form of their second Fat full length,The Greatest Story Ever Told, an exalted title no doubt, but one that they managed to live up to. In typical THE LAWRENCE ARMS fashion, the band waxes intellectual whilst making repeated tributes to American pop culture. No one is safe, and everyone from Kafka to the cast of Perfect Strangers play a part in The Greatest Story Ever Told.
Of course, the Arms really came into their own with the release of critic-and-fan favorite, 2006’s Oh! Calcutta! However, for reasons we dare not speculate on, since that watershed moment, THE LAWRENCE ARMS have been relatively inactive, even as their fanbase has continued to grow.
Well, recently rumors began circulating that the guys in THE LAWRENCE ARMS have been writing new material and are ready to come out of their unofficial hiatus long enough to melt our faces off with their highly anticipated follow up record.