March 11, 2004

The Distillers to ‘Drain the Blood’ Through Chicago

By Randy J. Klodz

Punk-rock act the Distillers has been making waves across the nation with its relentless touring schedule that featured a spot on last year’s Lollapalooza festival and its current headlining trek that is set to hit Chicago on March 25 at Metro.

The Distillers—which includes Brody Dalle on vocals and guitar, Tony Bradley on guitar, Ryan Sinn on bass and Andy Granelle on drums—is slowly working its way into becoming a household name with the hit single “Drain the Blood” and the vats of positive press—and subsequent magazine covers featuring the Brody Dalle, the band’s frontwoman. With Dalle being the lone female of the band, one could imagine that the men in the band could feel a bit left-out when most of the press involves images and quotes of the band’s lone female member. Some fans remember the video for 1995’s “Don’t Speak,” the smash hit for pop-punks No Doubt that featured the band’s female singer Gwen Stefani getting all of the attention, with the band’s male members off in the distance. But this isn’t the case with the Distillers.

“That’s how it always is,” said Distillers guitarist Tony Bradley, “they always put the lead singer on the cover, so that’s no surprise. But she deserves all the credit she gets--Brody writes all the songs and she’s beautiful. She keeps it a band, not an entity of a solo act with a backing band.”

The band is touring in support of “Coral Fang,” which hit stores last October, and was reviewed by this writer in the Nov. 20 edition. The band embarked on last year’s Lollapalooza festival, a tour that started and ended before the release of the new album. Being part of the tour, which was the first of its kind in six years, was a dream for Bradley, who attended his first Lollapalooza fest 10 years ago. The tour then featured such acts as Tool, Rage Against the Machine, Alice in Chains, Primus and many others. The brainchild behind Lollapalooza, Perry Ferrell, is also the frontman for rockers Jane’s Addiction who headlined last year’s tour.

Bradley was a really big fan of Jane’s Addiction when he was in high school, so he was honored to be on a tour that enable him to watch the band perform during several dates of last summer’s tour. To make the dream even better, the Distillers were given a surprise visit during its final Lollapalooza date, in Houston. “Perry came out and announced us before we went on, and he came out and watched our entire show from the side of the stage,” Bradley said. “What a class act.”

Metro is at 3730 N. Clark St. in Chicago’s famed Wrigleyville neighborhood. Tickets for this all-ages show are listed for $12 each with show time slated for 7 p.m. The Icarus Line and the Lot Six are scheduled as support. For more information on the Distillers log on to www.thedistillers.com.

The Distillers Photo: James Minchin III