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Lucky Boys Confusion


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Long regarded as a haven for electric blues, power pop, and even metal, Chicago served as surprisingly fertile soil for the speedy growth of Lucky Boys Confusion. The five-piece ska-punk outfit — Kaustubh Pandav of indian origin(vocals), Adam Krier (co-vocalist, guitar), Ryan Fergus (drums), Jason Shultejann (bass), and Joe Sell (guitar) — formed in 1997 when Pandav and Krier began writing songs together. The pair drew from punk, rap, and reggae to create an infectious ska-punk sound that combines Pandav’s Latin melodies with Krier’s Beastie Boys-influenced rap. Recruiting members from their previous bands, Pandav and Krier formed Lucky Boys Confusion and began to perform at house parties and YMCAs in Chicago’s Western suburbs. The band’s first recorded effort was a four-song EP, What Gets Me High, released on their own Townstyle label in 1997. The Lucky Boys’ tales of suburban teen life proved popular and the band followed in 1998 with the full-length Growing Out of It, again released on Townstyle. The 17-track Growing Out of It included the four songs from What Gets Me High, along with new material written almost exclusively by the team of Pandav and Krier. As the Lucky Boys’ following grew in Chicago, “Dumb Pop Song,” a single from Growing Out of It, found its way into regular rotation on Q101, Chicago’s influential alternative rock station. With regular radio play, the band’s fan base exploded and suburban house parties gave way to headlining gigs at the House of Blues and the legendary Metro.


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  • Mutant-art


    8 Jun 2014 Reply
  • MistaMatthewEs

    RIP Joe Sell. [5] Had no idea he died. Holy hell. Thanks for the great music. [2]

    8 Oct 2013 Reply
  • OrdealByFire

    Had no idea he died. Holy hell. Thanks for the great music, though. Lucky Boys Confusion is no doubt one of my favorite underappreciated bands.

    15 Mar 2013 Reply
  • ThePoisonx

    RIP Joe Sell. [4]

    22 May 2012 Reply
  • SuckerForMayhem

    RIP Joe Sell. [3]

    21 May 2012 Reply
  • oxxobribri

    So bummed to hear about Joe. :'C

    17 May 2012 Reply
  • Mandazor

    RIP Joe Sell.

    16 May 2012 Reply
  • poppunknerd182

    RIP Joe Sell. Thanks for the beautiful music.

    16 May 2012 Reply
  • Awesome_Stevie

    I wish Lucky Boys Confusion would return, it makes me sad that I might never see them :/

    10 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Flux_Tempo

    always going to be one of my favorite live bands to see! they used to practice next door when i was in high school. great then, still great now.

    5 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Whelanmk

    Where are all the champions? They're nowhere to be found

    31 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Bekki


    6 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Bekki

    i don't wanna stand here and say i'm sorry, i just wanna drink beer and play atari

    6 Nov 2011 Reply
  • hsxeric

    still waiting on AM Taxi to end so they can come back.

    3 Oct 2011 Reply
  • SkiZebraguru33

    Almost at 1.5 million plays! That is what I'm talking about!!!

    17 Aug 2011 Reply
  • phatmonkey91

    Fucking amazing show last weekend, shame it was at a family fest and cops kept on stopping the moshing lol. Cant w8 to see em again, love goin to their shows.

    6 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Townkrier

    were my favorite since i saw them on craig kilborn in mid-2001. shame these guys never broke out when bands that opened for them (plain white tee's, rx bandits, etc). saw them 15-ish times from 2002-2007. LBC forever.

    21 Jun 2011 Reply
  • BlackOps

    I'm scared I won't ever get to see them live. Doesn't look like it'll happen.

    15 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Bekki

    i STILL cant get enough of this band

    4 Jan 2011 Reply
  • jpeters1221

    Listen to Lucky Boys Confusion. Every album. You WILL NOT be let down.

    29 Dec 2010 Reply
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