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Album Review

No one can accuse Allister of lacking energy or hooks, as their debut album Dead Ends and Girlfriends proves. Sure, it isn't musically revolutionary — it's the sort of catchy punk-pop that's been more or less in vogue throughout the mid- to late-'90s — but it does deliver a tuneful rush of adrenaline for fans of the style. The only issue is whether you'll tune in to the band's sense of humor or not — some might find it a little juvenile and obvious (although others will enjoy the mocking Backstreet Boys cover regardless).


Formed: 1996 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Chicago punk-pop combo Allister was formed in 1995 by vocalist/drummer Tim Rogner and guitarist Johnny Hamada, longtime classmates who first teamed in a cover band organized to play their school talent show. The duo expanded to a trio the following year after Hamada met bassist Eric "Skippy" Mueller at the University of Illinois, and in early 1997 the group played their first live date under their original name, Phineas Gage. They eventually rechristened themselves Allister after a character on the...
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