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The Ache

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The Ache is the follow-up to the 1997 album Suicide Sound System, a fuzzy little thing of much popularity in We Ragazzi's hometown Chicago no wave scene. Since then the band has broken up, re-formed with a new drummer (Timothy McConville), and set about on a more moody, late-Blonde Redhead-informed sound. The Ache also owes something to the New York City's 2002 electro revival with driving keyboards, sneering vocals, and utterly danceable beats. Lead singer Tony Rolando's nasal Jagger is overbearing on songs like "Forever Surrender 2 U" and "The Ache," where gallop drums and a churned piano try hard, but fail to compete. Later in the album, with "Sickest Thoughts I Ever Had" and "Burn 4 U," the fuzzed-out keys form a thicker support for Rolando and the whole thing rocks together with the power of a band making exactly the music it ought to be. If the keys weren't so over-simplified and Rolando would let off a bit of mojo, We Ragazzi could be darlings once again.

Biography

Formed: 1997 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

We Ragazzi buzzed into Chicago's crowded indie-rock territory in late 1997, spicing up the scene with their brash mix of bluesy garage rock, and sassy new wave. Soon after their formation, members Anthony Rolando (guitar, vocals), Colleen Burke (Farfisa), and Alianna Kalaba (drums), self-released a single in the spring of 1998 and began playing Chicago and the surrounding Great Lakes area. Their growing reputation as an energetic live act spread by word of mouth, and eventually led to their signing...
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