Pegboy Crazy

When Pegboy's newest record "Cha-Cha Damore" (Touch & Go) hits the streets on October 14, it will mark the band's fourth record since 1990. In an era when punk bands can churn out a record every year, what takes Pegboy so long?

"Basically," says guitarist John Haggerty, "it's because we're the world's laziest band. But also, we recorded in three different studios [Steve Albini's old and new ones, plus UberStudio]. It took us a while to get the songs together, and we wound up dumping a few songs."

For a band whose members defined late 1980's Chicago punk rock under the names Naked Raygun and the Bhopal Stiffs, quantity should not be a concern. The quality, however, stands out on "Cha-Cha Damore," a typical Pegboy effort seared with anthemic hooks and sing-along choruses.

And just as Pegboy's adrenaline-rushing sound has remained the same, so has it's audience, sort of. While the band ages, its audience does not. "Our crowds seem to stay around the same age with every record we put out," says Haggerty. "Some kids that come to our shows couldn't even have been around since the beginning of Pegboy, much less Naked Raygun. We're surprised, but pleased." After playing a show on November 15 at the Metro, Haggerty says Pegboy plans to go on tour all next year, or "as long as we can get paying gigs."

"Cha-Cha Damore" gives no hint of malaise, a point confirmed by Haggerty. "Pegboy is what a band should be," he says. "We are all close, we get along as people. No matter whether we just got off tour or out of the studio, we still hang out together. And we still have a lot of fun -- which is paramount to all of us." (Dave Chamberlain)



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