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Nick Coleman - Drums
Arthi Meera - Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar
Caleb Pepp - Guitar, Vocals
Brian Oster - Bass
Cody Josephson - Harmonica, Guitar

Twelve months can make or break any band. The up and downs, the personal trials, and the months away from home are enough to pull at the toughest heartstrings. Fortunately for Chicago’s 1997, the time between the release of their debut …A Better View of the Rising Moon and their newest work On the Run, was not only career changing; it was life asserting.

Though the transition was positive, it wasn’t easy. 1997 began in the suburbs of Chicago in 2006, practicing in rundown attic apartment. Their downstairs neighbor was an elderly deaf woman, making for an ironic and perfect place to practice. They created songs on guitar and tambourine about life and what it means, beautifully crafted with a wisdom belying their age (18, 19 and 20). Local shows with a mix of original songs and Bob Dylan covers caught the attention of indie mainstay Victory Records. This effervescent band with a delightful youthfulness was signed and set to debut their first record in April of 2007.

After wrapping up the recording process on …A Better View of the Rising Moon, however, 1997 went through a change that is tough for any band to face. Vocalist Kerri Mack had to part ways with the group directly before the album was released due to unforeseen circumstances, putting the rest of the members through an uncertain limbo. As fate would have it, Alida Marroni was introduced to the band through a friend shortly after.


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