Haymarket Riot is a lot like a new restaurant -- not the new chain that just moved into the strip mall down the street but more like an upstart hipster greasy spoon, which is exactly what the hard-working Chicago four-piece should start if its members ever change their career path. Right now, Haymarket Riot is having a hard time distinguishing itself from the rest of the eateries in the neighborhood: The bass pops and snaps all over the place à la the Jesus Lizard; the constant interplay of twin guitars and vocalists occasionally sounds as if it were cribbed from the Fugazi fakebook; the frenzied, frenetic lyrical choices elicit comparisons to Jawbox. In short, the musical menu favored by Haymarket Riot is long on comparisons but, at least for now, short... More >>>
By Shawn Scallen
Haymarket Riot, from left: Billy Smith, drums; Fred Popolo, bass and vocals; Mike Bennett, guitar; and Kevin J. Frank, guitar and vocals.