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Bound Stems


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Almost every night, some Bound Stems get together for something or other. A lot of times it’s for practice, but sometimes it’s for a barbecue, with a lot of friendly friends around. A lot of times it’s at the studio, and songs are underway. Sounds unspooling in the background: El train, northwest bound; cicadas; a stick gnawed by a puppy; now a chorus of cicadas; sidewalk conversations; giant whirring air conditioning stacks; airplanes approaching O’Hare; fat car tires, and the polite beep of a car in the mouth of an alley.

Bound Stems started making music together in late 2002, but they were already up in each other’s business. Bobby Gallivan (guitar, vocals, lyrics), Dan Radzicki (bass, keys, vocals) and Dan Fleury (guitar) played basketball on the same team in high school. When they met Evan Sult (drums, tapes), they’d been playing together for a long while. He’d been in Harvey Danger (London/Sire, Polygram) in Seattle, but just moved to Chicago.

Three years later, they present their EP, The Logic of Building the Body Plan (Flameshovel Records). It was a lot of work in seclusion, really: a practice space and a studio and back and forth for six months, pretty much every day. That’s what made their album, Appreciation Night, such a complex, beautiful composition, full of tricky time signatures and memorable lines. Bound Stems released Appreciation Night in September 2006: to celebrate in advance, they made an EP, The Logic of Building the Body Plan, which features seven tracks, including two from their debut record; three new songs; and two song compositions created by Bound Stems and co-producer Tim Sandusky


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  • BobRozga

    if anyone has some of the old demos or EPs please hit me up!

    6 hours ago Reply
  • waking_robots

    Love the Sirens of Titan reference.

    11 May 2012 Reply
  • hollyy___x

    Bit of a gravelly voice like The Gaslight Anthem, methinks!

    7 Aug 2011 Reply
  • NovaCubs

    I have 0.6%

    24 Jan 2011 Reply
  • goobag123

    I have a 1.169% share of all the plays for these guys. That's a lot!

    14 Dec 2010 Reply
  • cbujnak

    I think you're right...and I think this band is pretty amazing. Their next album had best be a stunner.

    9 Nov 2010 Reply
  • drowning_kitty

    Influences? I'm thinking Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, maybe Pavement. What do you think?

    9 Nov 2010 Reply
  • MetalSabe

    Everyone should go check out Like Pioneers and some of the songs on their site.

    4 Jul 2010 Reply
  • dontmakemeatrgt

    new bound stems band is called Like Pioneers. Features all the original members except for Evan (:\). Should be fucking awesome

    13 Mar 2010 Reply
  • mvldk666

    Welcome to Daytrotter ... DAYTROTTER sessions fuckin' rules ... like PEEL/Maida sessions does ... I love fuckin' great music :o) :o) :o) :o) :o) ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...

    11 Mar 2010 Reply
  • jpg22

    please come back your music was epic brilliance!

    31 Jan 2010 Reply
  • bigred0818

    I feel like I'm mourning the death of a close relative, just before they were about to explode in a haze of brilliance! Bound Stems, I want to thank you for The Family Afloat. "My friends still gather around the block..."

    10 Jan 2010 Reply
  • NovaCubs

    come back!

    2 Dec 2009 Reply
  • dontmakemeatrgt

    seriously please come back

    16 Aug 2009 Reply
  • TimmyJames

    Bound Stems, i miss you.

    14 Jul 2009 Reply
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    12 Jul 2009 Reply
  • NovaCubs


    10 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Pi4noBl4ck

    WTF? Why they broke?

    8 Jun 2009 Reply
  • NovaCubs

    Fuck!!! Where Have All The Good Bands Gone, i seriously want kill somebody,

    1 Jun 2009 Reply
  • BrandonRJacobs

    happens to us all otherwise makes me feel goooood.

    29 Apr 2009 Reply
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