June 19, 2003

S.T.U.N. to Get Warped in Chicago

By Randy J. Klodz

“The space between our bodies has been corrupted” starts the second track of “Evolution of Energy,” the debut album from Los Angeles-based punk rockers S.T.U.N., which is set to be released on June 24. S.T.U.N. will be a part of every date on this year’s Vans Warped Tour that it set to hit Tinley Park’s Tweeter Center on June 29.

S.T.U.N., which is an acronym for Scream Toward the Uprising of Non-Conformity, consists of Christiane J. (lead vocals), Neil Spies (guitar, backing vocals), Nick S. (bass) and Bobby Alt (drums). Though the quintet’s recent debut Chicago appearance was with art-rockers Dredg, Christiane is looking forward to taking on an outdoor Chicago crowd with the year’s Warped Tour festivities.

“I’ve always kind of had this dream or fantasy to play outdoor festival kind of things. Because growing up, in our time, it seem like the festivals are always things to look forward to during the summer. Just to be a part of that, it’s neat.” said Christiane. “There’s something that’s just cool about playing music during the day, instead of always playing at 10 at night.”

The members of S.T.U.N., as Christiane put it, aren’t ones to “sit on their bus and eat Chee-tos and pull the blinds down” once they have completed the day’s set. They actually enjoy taking some time to talk with the fans at each stop. “That’s probably the best part about touring, playing music and just talking to people, finding out all the stuff that they do and why they’re happy and why they’re unhappy. I love that,” Christiane said.

S.T.U.N. isn’t like many of the punk-rock bands that are blossoming across the nation—they don’t have lyrics about high school girlfriends or frat parties. “Neil writes all the music and the lyrics and I think that he consciously didn’t want to write about his life or his girlfriend or his situation. He was just kind of writing about what was going on society,” Christiane said.

And a plan such as this spawned “Evolution of Energy,” which tosses in some traditional punk sound with Christiane’s vocals that often mirror the high-pitch of Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell. This becomes most apparent on the track “Annihilation of the Generations” as Christiane yelps “There go the generations / There we all go / More pills for you / To try to hide from the view.” Other stand-out tracks include “Love and Chaos,” “Boys and Girls” and the mellow “We Will Come to You.”

Tinley Park’s Tweeter Center is at 19100 S. Ridgeland Ave. Tickets for this outdoor, all ages, all-day festival are listed for $25 each, with a start time of 1 p.m. S.T.U.N. is scheduled to be a part of the Maurice Stage. Other bands scheduled to appear include The Used, Sum-41, Glassjaw, Less Than Jake, Rancid, Andrew W.K. and many others. For more information on S.T.U.N. log onto www.stunmusic.com. Official information on the Vans Warped Tour can be found at www.warpedtour.com.

S.T.U.N. Photo: Chapman Baehler