Highly Infectious Energy! The Interrupters with Laura Jane Grace at the House of Blues Chicago (April 30, 2023)

The Interrupters kick things off at lightening speed with “Take Back The Power”. “Are you a leader or will you follow? Are a fighter or will you cower? It’s our time to take back the power!” The band brings a highly infectious energy that instantly spreads through the packed sold out crowd at the House of Blues.

This tour is in support of their latest album, 2022’s In The Wild. They play “Raised By Wolves” from this album early on. “You left a child out in the wild, and I was raised by wolves. I was raised by wolves, woo!” The “woo” sounds like a wolf howl which is so fun to sing.  

Late in the set, the lead guitarist, Kevin Bivona, tells a story about their early career. In 2014, shortly after their self titled debut album was released, Laura Jane Grace was playing a surprise show in Orange County. On Twitter, she asked who should open at this show. The Interrupters responded that they should. Laura responded, great, be there at 430! They returned the favor tonight having Laura open for them.

The band infuses a lot of different musical genres to their sound including punk, ska, and rock. “Kiss The Ground” showcases their reggae chops.

Kevin says the band loves Chicago. He goes on to name all the places they have played including Riot Fest in 2013 and Wrigley Field opening for Green Day, Fall Out Boy, and Weezer on August 15, 2021.

All their songs are so much fun to sing along to. On “She Got Arrested”, everyone sings along. “She got arrested / For shooting down her man / US. Marshals /Caught her outside of Spokane / She said, “I’d do it again / Do it again / Do it again, I’d do it again!”

The lead singer, Aimee Interrupter, is absolutely fantastic. She gives off Gwen Stefani vibes. It won’t be surprising if they reach No Doubt levels of success.

See the full setlist here

Cost of a ticket: $50

PlaylistHQ Economic Rating: Worth It +

Rating Scale: Exceptional Value > Worth It > Half Price > Go for Free > Don’t Bother

Quinn Delaney


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