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Crystal Lake, Illinois based Stolen Airplane fuses the electrifying spirit of the 90’s DIY Underground with sincere and original songwriting, to create a provocative and energetic sound that is at once accessible, yet comfortably alien.
Lead singer/guitarist Marv Doolin weaves tales of desperate characters and the inevitable heartbreak of life, singing with a whiskey-soaked voice, a sort of punk-folk hybrid. Rhythm guitarist Jim Birkenkamp delivers insistent, churning riffs and punctuated vocals to complement Doolin’s melodic lead. Bassist J Burke supplies a thunderous and consistent groove while drummer Jeremy Judy underpins the sound with powerful, intricate rhythms.
Narrative lyrics, largely penned by Doolin and Birkenkamp, are equal parts Frank Black and William Faulkner. “Stranded” is one of the band’s highlights with lyrics like: “My head is pounding through the haze of wine and rum/Losing track, but still the waitress calls me ‘Hon.’” Musically, the song’s driving, resonant guitars and drumming give a tip of the hat to influences, such as: Dinosaur Jr., Foo Fighters and Pegboy, as a frenzied guitar breakdown carries the track to a powerful close.
A variety of musical influences can be heard throughout Stolen Airplane’s collection of tales. From the mechanically pummeling verse and spirited chorus of “Meet Me Halfway”, a sneering indictment of the self-centered and vain, to the the high-energy, Fugazi-influenced “(What's this) Chaos Up Ahead”. With hints of Sonic Youth’s guitar dissonance, overlaid with Doolin’s gruff, urgent vocals, this track has quickly become a favorite in their live set.
Stolen Airplane record and perform original tracks, and play a variety of gigs from intimate venues to summer music festivals in the Chicagoland area. Their self-titled debut EP was released in 2012, and following a signing to Chicago label, Seven Dead Arson, a full-length CD, entitled ‘There Are Worse Things To (Be)Come’ saw a Spring 2014 release
Sometimes things happen. We write songs about those things and play them in a room. We like to play them in bigger rooms, in front of other people...that's where you come in.
Stolen Airplane has 15 strings and 4 drums. This would be pretty impressive if we had less than 4 people in the band.