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The Chicago scene has always been known for its gritty and honest punk rock defined by bands like Naked Raygun, Screeching Weasel, and 88 Fingers Louie.Â Newcomers All Eyes West, no strangers themselves to the Chicago scene, are continuing in its great tradition with theÂ release of their self-titled debut LP on Jump Start Records.
All Eyes West came together in the summer of 2010 and is lead by vocalist/bassist Justin Miller's emotionally charged lyrics which have been a signature to bands like Arizona's Signsedso as well as well as Chicago indie rockers Hinter.Â Guitarist Jeff Dean is known for the sound that has defined bands like The Bomb (with Jeff Pezzati of Naked Raygun), Noise By Numbers, and Explode and Make Up.Â Rick Fast, who has been a staple of the Chicago indie rock scene in bands like Dialogue rounds out the trio on drums.Â In the year since their inception the band has managed to build an impressive resume, touring both coasts and playing with bands like Rival Schools, Seaweed, Soul Control, and Let Me Run.Â As if that weren't enough, the band completed their first UK tour in June of 2011 and don't appear to be slowing down anytime soon.
The band's self-titled effort was recorded at Million Yen Studios by guitarist Jeff Dean and mastered by Jon Drew (Tokyo Police Club, Fucked Up).Â On it, the band plays homage to 90's rock giants like Swervedriver, Drive Like Jehu, Jawbreaker, and Husker Du, providing a some fresh air in today's punk rock world.