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The Forty Whacks / Press

“I enjoyed this roaring Chicago foursome’s 2011 second EP The Death of…, comparing their punk-fueled hard rock to Windy City behemoths Naked Raygun and The Effigies in The Big Takeover issue 69. But the departure of their fervent singer Johnny Pierro in 2013 threatened to be a big blow, as if Lizzie Borden had “whacked” the band’s prospects with her infamous axe (sorry, I couldn’t resist). Amazingly, despite the loss of Pierro, the six-song Saturday Night Loud is easily the most electrifying of the band’s six-year career. Like collegiate exam crammers consuming caffeine pills, the remaining three members – brothers Tom and Todd Rutledge on guitar and bass, and drummer Marc Harman – have tightened up their attack tenfold, trading in their caterwauling crunch for a much more lightning fast, forward-thrusting punk-with-a-pop-edge drive. More crucially, they’ve replaced Pierro with female dynamo Kati Olsen, whose personality, poise, and powerful pipes are invigorating an”

“Their first EP with their newly acquired leading lady, Saturday Night Loud was released in late 2014. It’s filled with simple riffs and stunted, straightforward lyrics. Think The Ramones but with a little more pop.”

“Garage band The Forty Whacks play fast punk metal songs with a rock twist. Based in Beach Park, IL, the quartet is slowly building a fan base. They have released one EP so far. The Death Of... is a collection of lo-fi songs, energetic and - sometimes - all over the place. A few unmemorable mid-tempo metal songs - New Pathology and Flowers) but also some good stuff: the angry Afterbirth, with the typical nu-metal lyric "I've lost my job today and now I'm really fucked" and Ever Since That Day, with a weird out-of-tune intro that will catch punk loving listeners on the wrong foot. There is one track on this EP that can get them out of obscurity. Death by Electric Car is a fist pumping rock anthem with simple but highly effective riff that gets stuck inside your head instantly. The band is currently working on Dying Is So Last Year, their first full-length. If they focus on their strong points these guys may have future as a leading underground band. ”

“The Forty Whacks are an intriguing amalgam of rock, punk and metal. This six-track EP delivers riffs, melody and power that clearly encompass all three types of music to create something which has a broad appeal and would probably find favour with those who ears are attuned to bands like Linkin Park and System of a Down, whilst not really wholly resembling either of those two bands to any great extent, but having hints of their sound along the way, along with San Diegans, Unwritten Law. ”