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What's striking about Chess Club isn't their youth or their exuberant energy; it's the musicianship. This Lawrence, KS power trio's attention to detail will flat out floor you. The future is bright for this already veteran band.

Formed in the Summer of 2014, Chess Club prides itself on the mantra of DIY or DIE, booking their own shows and producing their own recordings. In that spirit, the band treats every show as if it were a house party, breaking down the partition between performer and crowd to create an up close and personal experience.

Chess Club released its first EP, the 6-song Hi Sad in January of 2016, and have since toured up and down the Central US, playing house shows and bars from Shreveport to Minneapolis. In that short time they’ve shared the stage with a number of notable acts, including Tiny Moving Parts, Mom Jeans, Free Throw and You Blew It!

The band’s first full-length recording, Hit the Ball, is being co-released in June 2018 on cassette and CD by the Kansas City record label cooperative, Black Site, and the band’s newly-formed label, Select Start. This 10-song album refines the Chess Club sound — a math rock/emo-influenced mix of pop melody and low end punk growl — and demonstrates a solid evolution of the band’s songwriting. In support of the album, the band will hit the road in late June for two weeks of shows in the Upper Midwest and the Great Lakes.

Hit the Ball is the second release in Black Site’s Barker Gee Memorial Scholarship series.

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Hit the Ball

Chess Club

This 10-song blast from these Lawrence, KS math punks is redefining the Power Trio for the next generation. Packed with energy and solid musicianship, the future is bright for this already veteran band. This cassette marks the second release in the Barker Gee Memorial Scholarship series.


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