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Punk Rockers in a frenzy – Evansville Living Magazine

Punk Rockers in a frenzy – Evansville Living Magazine

HHave you ever been to a concert and wanted to jump on stage with the sweaty band shirtless? Have you ever wanted to rock out to songs about Hamm’s beer and charismatic surf punk music? Do you like things that seem silly in idea but are powerhouses in execution? If you answered no, do you hate fun?

If you answered yes to those questions, then meet The Chugs, an Evansville-based punk rock trio that has taken the region by storm with its catchy melodies, tenacity and authenticity, creating an emotional—and sometimes physical—connection with audiences.

“I think it’s really like we’re friends with everyone,” says drummer Sam Kuban, explaining the band’s connection to the audience.

“Yeah, honestly, the music comes second,” agrees guitarist Scott Wambach.

“If we weren’t doing this, we’d be doing something else,” says bassist Brian Harding. “What?” asks Wambach. “Wrestling!” Harding immediately replies, and everyone loudly agrees.

That’s The Chugs: talent, energy, a classic Midwestern beer, and the Three Stooges. The loving, sometimes boyish bond the trio has with each other is infectious. And yes, sometimes they go topless on stage. But that’s all part of the fun.

The band rehearses their Hamm’s-centric songs at the Old Vanderburgh County Courthouse. They also record their music there, including their Six Pack EPs, The Cancept Album and Hey Neighbor! The band is working on another Six Pack with local punk band Sluice. The project will be called Slugs.

The band performed at the Arcademie in early July as the opening act for comedian and actor Chris Gethard. This is not the first time the band has thrilled an audience for a comedy show. In February they also performed as the opening act for “Kids in the Hall” star Kevin McDonald.

“But it feels like a good fit for us, right?” says Kuban.

What would the band like to convey to the audience as they play several shows this summer?

“A lot of sweat. A few bruises,” says Wambach.

“Well, honestly, they had fun at a punk show,” adds Kuban. “And also a few hundred dollars worth of merchandise.”

Upcoming Shows
July 26 – North End Pub, Lafayette, Indiana
August 17 – Damsel Brew Pub, Evansville
August 31 – Hammsfest, Saint Paul, Minnesota
September 7 – Front Porch Fest, Evansville