In Rotation: The Kreutzer Sonata/The Union Boys split

Phil Collins - October 6, 2016

The Kreutzer Sonata The Union Boys split

Chicago hardcore band The Kreutzer Sonata tag team with Boston's The Union Boys on this split 7-inch released a couple weeks ago. The Kreutzer Sonata's three songs here exemplify their ability to switch between punishing hardcore and catchy hooks. "White Knuckles" opens the record with a slicing guitar riff and quick screamed vocals, balanced with a melodic chorus that kicks in about halfway through the song. The Kreutzer Sonata is back to playing shows after getting a new bassist. Their next gig is at Brauer House in Lombard on October 28 with One Way System, Total Chaos and The Horrids. They also have a show coming up at the Drunken Donut in Joliet on November 11 with Shitizen, Crazies and Texas Chainstore Manager.

The Union Boys call to mind the Dropkick Murphys of many years ago, when the band was more hardcore. "This Time" particularly captures that working class vibe. "Gone" makes for a laid back, catchy closer with some Bouncing Souls influence. The Union Boys come through Chicago from time to time - I saw them a summer ago at Archer Asylum with The Kreutzer Sonata and a ton of other bands. It's nice to see two great live bands on a release together.

The record is out via Don't Panic Records & Distro (our brother organization) and Cleveland's S.B.S. Records. There are 100 copies pressed on transparent orange vinyl and 200 on black vinyl. Pick it up here and stream it below.