Chicago punk legends Naked Raygun enter studio for 7” series. Their first time recording in over a decade.

In two weeks the band is set to enter Transient Sound Studios in Chicago, Illinois to lay down tracks that will eventually be pressed on a series of 7" records. These songs represent the first new material written by the band since 1992 and their first recordings since 1997.

Easily the most influential band bursting forth from the initial Chicago punk rock explosion, Naked Raygun also holds the distinction of being the longest running. When many of their peers were either breaking up or going metal in the mid-to-late 1980s, Naked Raygun soldiered on with their trademark sound, combining infectious vocal melodies with muscular guitar and a precision rhythm section. Echoes of the golden era of Raygun sound can be heard in punk rock circles worldwide.

The band broke up in 1992 and save for a one-off reunion in 1997 to celebrate the release of the Last of the Demohicans collection, stayed inactive while band members tended to family business and occasionally other musical projects such as The Bomb and Pegboy.

During a recent two-night stand at the House of Blues in Chicago, Naked Raygun debuted their first new songs in 17 years. Met with a reaction of surprise and elation from the slam dancing crowd, both songs embody the classic "Chicago Sound" that Naked Raygun first defined more than twenty years ago.

Those two songs will no doubt appear on the upcoming 7" series the band has planned for Riot Fest Records. Tentative plans for the start of the series have been set for Fall 2009. Once the 7" series ends Naked Raygun plans to hole up in their rehearsal space for a while then re-enter the recording studio to track their first proper LP since 1990's Raygun, Naked Raygun.

Also, this September Naked Raygun returns to the East Coast for the first time in almost 20 years; joining them on the tour are Philadelphia hardcore stars Paint It Black and Chicago's own Shot Baker. Additionally the group will headline Riot Fest 2009 in Chicago this October, returning to the venerable Metro and playing with old friends Rights of the Accused, No Empathy and Wax.
Naked Raygun East Coast Tour

September 9, 2009
The Mideast (Cambridge, MA)
with Shot Baker

September 10, 2009
First Unitarian Church (Philadelphia, PA)
with Paint It Black, Shot Baker

September 11, 2009
Ottobar (Baltimore, MD)
with Paint It Black, Shot Baker

September 12, 2009
The Music Hall of Williamsburg (Brooklyn, NY)
with Paint It Black, Shot Baker

September 13, 2009
Maxwell's (Hoboken, NJ)
with Paint It Black, Shot Baker