CHALLENGER’S debut, LP/CD (JT1092) hits stores today. Featuring MILEMARKER’S creative backbone of Al Burian and Dave Laney, GIVE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT IN LETHAL DOSES builds upon MILEMARKER’S crushing intensity, yet extends itself in a wholly different direction. The record was produced in session with A.J. Mogis (The Faint, Cursive) at Presto Studios in Omaha, Nebraska. Reminiscent of the abrasive and pummeling energy of bands such as Husker Du and Sonic Youth, CHALLENGER songs are non-stop, scratchy, fuzzed out affairs of speed driven post-punk. Fueled as much by the personal, as the political GIVE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT IN LETHAL DOSES finds Laney and Burian devastatingly pitch perfect as they carve out an artful and urgent niche into the increasingly blasé punk underground.
Sadly, Laney (a Chicago bike messenger by day) was recently the victim of a hit and run and the bands touring plans had to be canceled so Dave could receive surgery. He is recovering nicely and plans are being made for future rock n’ roll debauchery as we speak. So pick the record up and keep your eyes peeled as CHALLENGER’S plans to storm the country promise to be nothing, if not totally bombastic.