On Sunday, November 14, nine Chicago punk bands will rock Reggies at the first ever Wrecking Ball Punx Fest. One of the headlining acts, Voice of Addiction, is a band I've heard about quite often in my time covering the Windy City rock scene, but only recently got the chance to explore. What sets the trio apart from many of their peers is that while they are definitely rooted in punk, they stretch beyond the genre's usual boundaries and create a sound that's consistently driving yet varied.
The DIY unit delivers a layered, brash sound marked by hard high-hat drumming, harmonic strumming and a hard-rocking, singing bassist. Ian Tomele's impassioned bellow is set over loudly contained drums and a dramatic guitar that creates a sound that is as captivating as it is catchy. Politically-charged, VOA reminds us loudly and clearly that the world continues to have plenty of problems to get charged up about. While many punk bands base their music on creating complete pandemonium, the band takes it to another level, inducing the energy of an old school CBGB show. Check out their most recent release, Re-evolution, to hear for yourself.
At the Wrecking Ball Punx Fest, VOA will share the night with The Infected, The Neutron Bombs, Anxiety High, No Two Waynes, Bill Ura Dik, Modern Day Rippers, Hawkbit, and The Revision Plan. The show is 17 and over and begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance here. The band's newest single, "September Remembered" is available here.