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The Mentally Ill / Liquor Store / Nightmare Boyzzz $7
Saturday, July 07, 2012 at 9pm
The Mentally Ill / Liquor Store / Nightmare Boyzzz $7

The Mentally Ill
were a punk band from Deerfield during the late 70s and early 80s. They are most well-known for their legendary Gacy's Place 7" from 1979, considered to this day to be one of the best and most forgotten records of the early Chicago punk era. They releaed the less popular Sex Cells 7" a few years later and seemed to fade into obscurity. In the late 90s, The Mentally Ill came back and recorded a full length with Steve Albini. In 2004, Jello Biafra released the entire recording sessions of Gacy's Place plus some older demos as a CD on his Alternative Tentacles label. After they ended (or while they were still active), some members of Mentally Ill formed Men.

Sarim Al-Rawi started Liquor Store with friends from northern New Jersey, presumably to start trouble and mess with people at shows under the guise of being an Internet legend on Terminal Boredom. He used to play drums in Titus Andronicus, Home Blitz and Live Fast Die, where he eventually moved up to guitar. But as the other bands in his social orbit — TA, Real Estate, Ducktails, Big Troubles — began to attract critical attention, Liquor Store took a cue to look elsewhere, and started to make Rock Music with initial caps, borne of suburban bounty and room to rage. Once you get the obligations to society and one’s fellow man out of the way, you can pretty much write your own ticket. Yeah Buddy personifies that attitude. They’re the best band out of that whole scene by a comfortable distance.
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