As far as we’re concerned, Eleventh Dream Day is one of the most criminally overlooked indie bands of the past 25 years.
The Chicago rockers return March 15 with “Riot Now!” on Thrill Jockey. It’s the band’s first new album since 2006, and 11th since forming in the mid-’80s, after founders Rick Rizzo and Janet Beveridge Bean (also of Freakwater) met while studying at the University of Kentucky.
Eleventh Dream Day’s rollicking, buoyant 1991 album, “Lived to Tell,” is in frequent rotation at Listen, Dammit, World HQ, and we have high hopes for the new joint. Free song “Satellite” is a good start: guitar and bass chug out a tough, unison riff to power the song, swirls of white noise flit past Rizzo’s terse vocals and bright spikes of guitar flash through the bridge.
Only a few live dates are in the offing so far, but SXSW attendees are in luck: one of them is March 19 at Yard Dog on South Congress Avenue.
Photo by Jim Newberry