Much the Same are back! 13 years after their critically acclaimed (and aptly titled) sophomore album Survive, the band reflect on the rollercoaster ride that has delivered them right back to the fans on their new album Everything Is Fine.buy now!
This four-piece from Chicago are celebrated in the international skate-punk scene for their classic uptempo 90’s sound, infectious riffs and hooky vocals. Everything Is Fine features 9 belting new tracks, combining more melodic hooks and darker lyrical subjects then the band have explored previously.
The new album comes in the wake of guitarist Dan O’Gorman’s personal struggles with cancer and divorce; a trauma which inspired the band to rekindle their love of punk rock, against all odds.
“It’s the best songwriting we’ve done,” says bassist Franky Tsoukalas. “I think this is how we always worked toward sounding. We’ll never be a shredder band (we’ve tried) and we’ll never be the heaviest or fastest skate punk band. This record is fast paced but also more melody driven than guitar riff driven. There are some straight pop elements but, I think we all like pop music so why not show that?”
Much The Same – Snake In The Grass
Cancer, Chemotherapy & Fan’s Support
‘’Although we all continued to collaborate, Dan really came out of nowhere with a streak of great songs he wrote largely on his own, much of it fueled by the collapse of his marriage… and then he got cancer,” explains vocalist / guitarist Chris McGrath.
“Every time it seemed that things were improving, it would suddenly get worse. The day after Christmas 2017, he had a seizure when the cancer reached his brain. The physical and mental recovery and increased cancer treatments really took a toll on him.
“Despite that, he continued writing music, so our new album includes a song written about coming to terms with his impending death. It’s from this song that we pulled the album’s title, Everything is Fine. It sums up so much about what he went through.”
Against all odds, Dan powered through and survived his ordeal. He credits the incredible outpouring of support from their mans during is cancer battle as the primary drive for his recovery.
Recording Everything Is Fine
Everything Is Fine is being released in partnership with Lockjaw Records in the UK & Europe, Thousand Islands Records in Canada and Pee Records in Australia.
The illustrative artwork which perfectly represents the album’s themes, has been created by friend and long-time fan, Sebas Thériault of SterioDesign.
Much The Same assembled the best team around them and with Nick Diener (The Swellers) at the helm. Scott Hallquist (Ten Foot Pole) recorded the drums in California, in Ryan Greene’s studio, while in Michigan Nick got the band tracking instruments and vocals at Oneder Studios. Gillian McGhee (Hi Ho, Turnspit) featured on a song and old friend, Mark Michalik (The Swellers), also recorded parts.
“There was no grand plan in writing this album, and no expectations of what might come of it, just a chronicling of a very difficult time in our lives and a celebration of the opportunity to play music together again.” – Chris McGrath
What is everybody saying?
“There are so many good tracks here I really don’t know where to start.” [Survive, 2006] – Punktastic
“’The album sounds poignant, impassioned and frankly, important.” [Survive, 2006] “ – Interpunk
“A vitality that energizes ears and incites both impassioned singalongs and spirited steering wheel drumming sessions.” [Survive, 2006] – All Music
“Must listen.” [Survive, 2006] – SkatePunkers
The History of Much The Same
Much The Same were a staple in Chicago skate- and pop-punk from 1999, coming up with contemporaries Fall Out Boy and Plain White T’s. They chose their name through joking that they were a clone of the popular Fat Wreck bands.
Their first album Quitters Never Win was released in 2003 by Anti-Flag’s label, AF Records. That album launched Much The Same into tours with Rise Against, Against Me! and A Wilhelm Scream, shows with Bad Religion and Thrice, and even a revered slot on Warped Tour.
In 2006, Much The Same released Survive, which became their seminal release. It launched them into international fandom however, after feeling the strain of character clashes, Much The Same took a break in 2007.
The band reunited to perform a reunion show in 2011, with no intention to continue to write. Three years passed before they were ready to fully come back and begin on a new album. Punk rock welcomed them back with open arms and, after booking one show, it wasn’t long before they had been invited to Groezrock in Belgium and Off Limits in Mexico.