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Return of The Krinkles

The KrinlesHere at Glorious Noise, we’ve got a soft spot for overlooked bands that never really made it. We’ve done big features on the Sinatras, Two Cow Garage, Chamber Strings, the Blacks… None of these bands achieved nearly the level of success they deserved. And we’re not talking about mainstream, Top 40 success here; we’re talking about the “real music fans ought to have at least heard of these guys” level of success.

The latest band in this series is the Krinkles. They broke up acrimoniously after releasing one good, fun album (Three Ringos) and one great one (Revenge of the Krinkles). These were the days before Napster, before MySpace, before mp3 blogs, and all the niche-level fanbase community-building stuff that has become so commonplace these days. In 1998, the only way anybody could have ever found out about the Krinkles was if they walked by a flyer taped to a telephone poll outside a record store.

Now, after eight years of not even talking to each other, the Krinkles have agreed to get back together for a couple of reunion shows in their former homebase of Chicago. On Saturday, April 19, as part of the 2008 International Pop Overthrow Festival, they’ll play The Spot. As a “top secret” warm-up show, they’re also playing Phyllis’ Musical Inn on Friday, April 18.

We talked to the guys about how it all started, what went right, and what went wrong. It’s not an unusual story when it comes to rock bands, but that doesn’t make it any less poignant. After all, our motto is “Rock and roll can change your life.” Read on to see how it changed the lives of four guys who knew each other since high school, and find out what caused them to set down their instruments and move on…

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The Krinkles – Still in Love

Our pals in the Krinkles have recorded a brand new song and have generously allowed Glorious Noise to share it with you!

MP3: The Krinkles – “Still in Love”

And as if that’s not enough great news, they’re getting the band back together for a reunion show! Stay tuned to Glorious Noise for an exclusive interview with all four members of the Krinkles. Until then, save the date for April 19, Chicago. Be there!


One Last Time: The Krinkles To Reunite After 8 Years Of Silence

For Immediate Release: Chicago, IL – It’s been over 8 years that Chicago power-pop institution, The Krinkles, played their infamous last show at Rory’s Music Cafe in Chicago. It was not to be their last show by design, but rather by the events that happened during the night. What sparked an onstage shouting-match & swift break-up is just hearsay. Was it because of a girl? Was it because of the new direction the band was heading into while recording their unreleased 3rd album? Was it the constant touring, rehearsing, writing & self-promoting that led to band burn out and burn up on stage? To this day, nobody’s quite sure. But all original members – Dan “The Fox”, Henry K, Jer & Matty are now determined to end what they started in 1994 by coming together for one last time on Saturday, April 19th @ The Spot, located at 4437 N. Broadway in Chicago. This rare reunion show will be a part of the 2008 International Pop Overthrow Festival.

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The Krinkles – 3 – The Mordorlorff Collection

The Krinkles - 3 - The Mordorlorff CollectionThe Krinkles3 – The Mordorlorff Collection

There were a few months back in 1998 when the Krinkles were my favorite band. Not just my favorite band I knew, but my favorite band in the whole world. Besides, I barely knew the guys. Friends of friends. But they were a great band.

At the time, I was not aware of the whole history of the Chicago power-pop scene. I love Cheap Trick as much as the next guy, but the Krinkles were something completely new for me. They sang with tight four-part harmonies and wrote catchy hooks and added badass metal guitar solos on top of it. Like all power pop bands, their live shows were way more powerful than anything they managed to capture on record. But their sophomore effort, Revenge of the Krinkles, holds up as a great piece of history and captures the band at the peak of their rock and roll power.

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The Millions – Million Dollar Rock

The MillionsMillion Dollar Rock

Do you love rock and roll? Seriously, I’m not fucking around. Do you love rock and roll? Have you ever been blown away by a guitar solo, a solo that can only be described as “blistering” no matter how much of a cliche that is? Do you believe that pyrotechnics still have a legitimate place in a rock and roll show? Yeah? Then the Millions might be for you.

The Millions are a rock and roll band. Some people might call this power pop but they are wrong, wrong, wrong. Some people call Cheap Trick power pop, so what do they know? Not much. In 1978, Cheap Trick’s Heaven Tonight was lumped in to the world of heavy metal, and that’s a much better fit. What is heavy metal but loud, ballsy rock and roll? And that’s exactly what the Millions play.

These guys aren’t joking when they say that their favorite band is KISS, and it shows. There was a time when KISS made great music. And there was even a time when bands who were influenced by KISS made great music. Don’t tell me that you don’t love the early Motley Crue stuff! And Guns N’ Roses has recently become a national fucking treasure, giddily embraced by every man, woman and child in the free world. And rightly so. Appetite for Destruction is one of the best albums of all time.

Million Dollar Rock is no Appetite. It’s not really trying to be. At least not that hard. And it’s no Heaven Tonight either. But it is something good, something somewhere in between those two. At times, the production gets a little thick. The piles of backing vocals on certain tracks sound like they could have been produced by Mutt Lange. And that’s not good. And neither is the all too straightforward cover of AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell,” which I’m sure is awesome live, but unnecessary here, even as a hidden bonus track. We get what they’re going for; they don’t need to come right out and shove it down our throats.

But those issues are more than made up for by the quality of the ten originals on Million Dollar Rock, with stand-out tracks like “Today is the Day” and “I Want You.” It’s all about super tight songwriting, catchy hooks, booming rhythm and crunchy guitars. And lots of flashy solos. It’s pure rock and roll and it’s good.

You can stream MP3s of “Today Is the Day” and “No Good Without You” from the Millions’ site, and download some more at Amazon.