Pop punkers The Audition in DeKalb Jan. 26

DEKALB—Victory Records artist The Audition stops by The House Café in DeKalb at 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26, to inject its infectious pop-punk sound into unsuspecting scenesters. Cost is $6, and tickets may be purchased in advance. This is an all-ages show.

Friends Ryan O’Connor (drums) and Joe Lussa (bass) formed The Audition in the Chicago suburbs in 2003, later adding Seth Johnson on guitar. Demo in hand and six months of touring under their belts, The Audition immediately garnered label attention and signed with Chicago-based Victory Records. The band replaced their original singer one month after signing, and quickly rebounded with the addition of Detroit native Danny Stevens. The band recorded its full-length debut album in spring 2005, with producer John Naclerio (My Chemical Romance, Senses Fail, Brand New) and the masterful collaboration spawned Controversy Loves Company. Additional guitarist Timmy Klepek came on board, and The Audition embarked on the New Faces From Different Places tour with label mates Aiden, The Hurt Process and The Junior Varsity.

Controversy Loves Company captures the band’s emotional range, and is an impressively dynamic album for such a young band. In a short time, The Audition has risen in rank and clearly holds its own among peers of the genre. With the Victory promotion army behind them, MTV nods and their word-of-mouth following, The Audition are earning themselves the role of “superstars.” Jan. 26 openers include Light Pollution, The Moment and Recipe for Disaster.

For info regarding advance tickets or for all other inquiries, visit www.thehousecafe.net or call The House Café at (815) 787-9547.

From the Jan. 25-31, 2006, issue

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