The Front Lines

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The Front Lines were an early punk band from the Evanston/Northwestern area, who played from 1979-1983. Starting out briefly as a more rock-based band The Lines in 1979, The Front Lines recorded a couple demos, a 4-song EP and another single during their lifetime. They were one of the more prominent bands (along with Epicycle) in what Steve Albini called a "North Shore Miniscene" - and although they did play the Northwestern campus & outlying region, The Front Lines played all over Chicago including O'Banions, Misfits, COD, Waves etc.

Lineups

The Lines

  • Phil - Guitar and Vocals
  • Kier Strejcek - Guitar
  • John - Bass
  • Seth - Drums

Original The Front Lines (late 1979)

  • Phil - Guitar and Vocals
  • Kier Strejcek - Guitar
  • John - Bass
  • Steve - Drums

1980 to mid 1982

  • Phil - Guitar and Vocals
  • Kier Strejcek - Guitar
  • Kevin - Bass
  • Bruce - Keyboards (from 1981 on)
  • Steve - Drums

Late 1982 to 1983

  • Phil - Guitar and Vocals
  • Kier Strejcek - Guitar
  • Kevin - Bass
  • Bruce - Keyboards
  • Jeff, Ronnie, Ed, John M - Drums

Releases

  • Original Demo (Early 1980)
    • Rebel Not Home
    • Just Because
    • Voice of America
  • Where Do We Go from Here? EP (Practical Records PR001, 1980)
    • Recorded August-September 1980 at Studiomedia (II), Evanston
    • 1000 Copies Pressed
  1. Night Napalm
  2. Dying In Fiction
  3. Voice of America
  4. Lips Are Sealed
  • Capital Attraction / In This Universe single (Practical Records PR003, 1982)
    • Engineered by John Nevin and Sam Fishkin
    • Guests: Michelle Kinney, cello; Amy Phoebe, oboe
  • Don't Look Now / The Crossfire Demo (1982)
    • Demo for record companies

History

  • Kier has a comprehensive history of The Front Lines and all the bands he's been involved with on his personal home page. It's all there...

Music