The Safes / Press


David Fricke - Rolling Stone

"A riotous, tuneful, pre-punk/post-garage noise that sounds at once like the middle of the British Invasion and the advent of the Clash."

Tim Finn - Kansas City Star

"Taking their cues from The Kinks and The Who, they bash their way across ten short power pop anthems that clock in right at the thirty minute mark, just like ten great radio-ready singles should."

Andy Whitman - Paste Magazine

““The O’Malley brothers, out of Chicago, crank out bad boy riffs and good time tunes. They’ve go one foot in the garage, the other in sweetly addictive power pop.” ”

Jennifer Kelly - Popmatters

"Phone Book Full of Phonies" takes glam-stomp's boogie and strips out all the excess weight to make it run faster, "Deception" condenses the limber debauchery of early 70s Rolling Stones into 1:47, and "Bliss This Instance" takes the aforementioned Kinks-circa-'66 vibe to a raucous, horn-filled conclusion."

Nate Patrin - Pitchfork

“”’Well, Well, Well’ marks a move away from The Safes’ grittier beginnings and toward the more melodic pop sensibility favored by the likes of Fountains of Wayne and the Raconteurs’ Brendan Benson.””

Jonathan Perry - Boston Globe

“”…garage-kissed power pop…” ”

Bill Picture - San Francisco Chronicle

"Chicago's The Safes isn’t all power chords, hooks, and harmonies (though it's got all that nailed down). The trio jams bright melodies, bluesy stomps, and every mood from silly to bitter into tight-and-fast power pop songs on "Well, Well, Well."

The Onion

"The Safes freight-train delivery and thoughtful arrangements- all delivered with a sneer- will remind you why garage rock is indeed an artform"

Chicago Tribune

“”No list of America’s best current rock ‘n’ roll bands is complete without mention of Chicago’s Safes. The brothers O’Malley tear it up live and put out fabulous recordings to boot.” ”

Lord Rutledge - NowWave Magazine

““The Safes make sugary-pop that seems like it would fit right in on mainstream radio.” ”

Timeout New York

“”One of the best records of the year””


"Boogie Woogie Rumble is a trebly hybrid of sleazy basement punk rock and what fanzines used to call "hardcore" in the 80s. It's fast without losing melody, the songs boast those sped-up Johnny Thunders twisted-string leads, and the group exude sarcasm like a fetid cloud of dimestore cologne.”

Maximum RocknRoll

“”A Chicago band that employs lot of power chords, and would probably appeal to fans of similarly Idolator-beloved bands like Exploding Hearts and The M’s.” ”

Brian Raftery - Idolator.com

““A gem of natty garage rock, calls to mind such retrofitted Motor City hip shakers as the Dirtbombs and the Detroit Cobras.” ”

The Pitch

"Great straight-ahead rock'n'roll"