White City Blackouts – About the Mess / Seized Up (WHOA-0012)

Chicago’s About the Mess and Detroit’s Seized Up teamed up in early 2012 to record four tracks about Life, Love, and Partying. Available on 7″ vinyl and for digital download.

BlankTV premieres About the Mess’ video for “I Remember ’94”

About the Mess released a video on BlankTV to accompany their new single “I Remember ‘94” from their upcoming split 7″ – White City Blackouts – with Seized Up from Detroit. Says About the Mess front man Joe Mizzi, “I thought of all these great songs I grew up listening to in the ‘90s about being a kid going to punk rock shows… and well, we are all grown up now, and there should be a song about that.” The video captures the feel and energy of an About the Mess live show and gives us a close-up look — maybe too close up — of what the band is all about.

White City Blackouts can be pre-ordered here. Pre-orders include an immediate digital download of the album.

You can view the video below, or link directly to it on YouTube at http://youtu.be/HSMS9SeDq6o.

About the Mess – Anthem of Imperfection – Vinyl Release

Listening to your music on your iPod is great, but for discerning music fans, the connection just seems so much more visceral when you slide a record out of its sleeve, gently lay it down on the turntable and drop the needle for the first time.

As the music industry changes, a lot collectors are looking to the familiarity of vinyl to bolster their music libraries.

Serious audiophiles know that the sound on vinyl — especially on the low end which is often compressed — is far superior to digital formats. Besides, nobody has ever lost their record collection when their hard drive crashed.

At Whoa! Records, we’re committed to putting out great music. We hope to press a run of 500 10″ records — 100 on limited edition green vinyl and 400 on traditional black — for Chicago-based About the Mess’ debut EP Anthem of Imperfection.

About the Mess is also recording a brand new record at the end of January, a split 7” that will be released on Whoa! Records with Seized Up from Detroit. For that record, the band will be recording a music video, and by donating $50 (and some higher levels) YOU can be in the music video!

To make this vision a reality, Whoa! Records, with the help of United Record Pressing (who is generously offering us test pressings for certain funding levels), is seeking funding through Kickstarter.

Kickstarter is a new way for artists, musicians and other creative types to find funding for their projects. For more information on how Kickstarter works, click here.

You can pledge as little or as much as you like to assist with this project. At each funding level, starting with $1, there are rewards that include everything from your name appearing on the liner notes to limited edition versions of the record.

Already available digitally and on CD, by seeking financial backing on Kickstarter, we hope to bolster the release of Anthem of Imperfection with an option for vinyl collectors. The pressing would include a limited run of 100 records on white vinyl and 400 on standard black.

Although the sound from vinyl is great, it’s not always practical — unless you’re driving around in John Lennon’s Rolls Royce, which had a record player in the back seat. So to make sure About the Mess fans are getting the right combination of great sound and practicality, each record will include a coded card that allows the purchaser to download the EP digitally from Bandcamp, where tracks are available in lossless format.

Vinyl has become a much bigger part of the music market over the past several years. Because we are still a very small label (but growing!) with limited resources, we would like to fund the vinyl version of this record with your help.

Thanks to United Recording Pressing, we are able to offer a limited number of test pressings for serious collectors who are able to donate $50 or more. By helping us fund our vinyl releases, you will help us be on a more solid financial footing, allowing us to dedicate more resources to promoting our current releases and recording more high-quality music in the future.

You can find the link to the Kickstart project page here.

About the Mess with Dan Vapid & The Cheats at Beat Kitchen – Fri, Jan 13th

About the Mess will be playing on January 13th at the Beat Kitchen with Dan Vapid & The Cheats! As a HUGE fan of all of Dan’s work, and especially The Methadones, this is really really exciting. Here are all the details:

House Call Entertainment, Inc. Presents!!

Dan Vapid and The Cheats


  • The Heat Tapes
  • About the Mess
  • Eastland Disaster

Friday, Jan 13, 2012 9:00 PM CST (8:30 PM Doors)

Beat Kitchen, Chicago, IL

17 years and over

Get tickets here. Facebook event page here.

About the Mess at The Mutiny on New Year’s Eve

About the Mess at Mutiny 12/31/2011About the Mess will be playing on New Year’s Eve at the Mutiny! Here are the details:

Every last Saturday is Chicago’s FREE Punk Night at Mutiny and it falls on NEW YEARS EVE this year! It will be the only FREE show in town!

Join us for 36 oz mugs of frosty cheer and ring her in with a hellstorm.

*THE RIDGELANDS http://tinyurl.com/428pz3n
*VOICE OF ADDICTION http://VoiceOfAddiction.com/
*WASTE BASKET www.facebook.com/wastebasketchicago
*ABOUT THE MESS www.facebook.com/aboutthemess

FREE About the Mess EP Downloads

This hasn’t been officially announced on the website yet, so in light of the show next weekend at Cobra Lounge, we would like to let everyone know that they can currently download About the Mess’s “Anthem of Imperfection” EP at our bandcamp store for FREE. This won’t last forever, so go grab them while you can! You can also pick up a CD, a Patch or a T-shirt… at a fair price. I (Mizzi) made the t-shirts at my mom’s business (she does custom embroidery, t-shirts, etc…) and she made the patches.

We are looking forward to seeing some of you at the About the Mess show in Chicago next weekend (Saturday, Dec 10th @ 8pm)! Cobra Lounge is one of our favorite places to eat, drink and see bands, all in one awesome place. The show is also cheap, only $5 to get in.

P.S. If you follow us on twitter (@whoarecords), AND post about the show next weekend, I will send you a free download code for P.T.’s Revenge’s “Save the Drama.” You can retweet our recent tweet about the show, or cook up your own, but it must mention @whoarecords and @aboutthemess. Up to 25 of them, GO!

About the Mess @ Cobra Lounge – Saturday, Dec 10, 2011

About the Mess will be at Cobra Lounge on Saturday, December 10th, 2011, with The Heat, Never Leave Chicago, and Kobanes. The show starts at 8pm, cover is $5, and there will be a DJ set by Bob from Pavement after the show. About the Mess will be performing all new material, as well as material from their Anthem of Imperfection EP. The band is working on their next release, due out in 2012.

If you RSVP to the event on Facebook, we will give you a free About the Mess patch at the show. Just find the ATM merch table, and let them know you RSVP’d. You can RSVP to the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/290386684317337/.

P.T.’s Revenge, The Black List and About the Mess releases in the works!

The Black List - The Elephant GraveyardIt’s getting crazy around here folks. This little label is going to spit out three new releases over the next few month’s. P.T.’s Revenge is recording NEW, yes, brand spanking new, material within the next two months, and it will be released right here on Whoa!

The Black List (Detroit) has a new album, The Elephant Graveyard, which is mixed, mastered and ready to roll and in the works to be released on Whoa! as well in early 2012.

About the Mess is going to the studio in November with Jeff Dean, of All Eyes West/Noise By Numbers/The Bomb/a million other bands, again at the controls. The tracks will be used for a split with a band we are yet to announce. The release will land sometime in early 2012.

On Tuesday, October 25th we are also making available Ten Ninety’s last completed recordings, a single called “Waiting for You” that includes two additional tracks, “KMA” and “The Contender.”

I would like to thank everyone who has helped us with our support of Gleaner’s Community Food Bank thus far; please continue to spread the word. To remind everyone, all proceeds from sales through 12/30 are going to Gleaner’s. You can grab the records at http://store.whoarecords.net or on iTunes or Amazon.