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Chain and the Gang

Ian Svenonius–punk rocker, left-wing agitator, talk-show host, raconteur–has never been a shy, retiring figure. A lifer in in the Washington, D.C., rock underground, Svenonius spanned decades fronting radically theatrical groups such as Nation of Ulysses, The Make-Up, and Weird War. His playfully funky new band, Chain and the Gang, uses the same sort of gospel-inspired, call-and-response audience participation tricks as The Make-Up did; keeps their high kicks coming. A white-suited rock n’ roll preacher, an electric eel in the sea of modern indie-rock chill, Svenonius remains ever-dedicated to stirring things up. Chain and the Gang aim to free your soul, but might settle for shaking your ass.