It’s no surprise that most bands feel the need to break the States in order to move forward in their careers. The US is such a massive country, there’s literally so much ground to cover. That’s also why it seems like so many of the individuals states have its very own list of great bands that have come out of there. We can only imagine how great it is growing up with such a thriving “local” scene, as is the case with some of these places. We say “local” because of how geographically huge the US is, what may seem like a “local” band to us outsiders could in fact be right on the other side of the state.
Instead of dwelling on some of the more popular regions, like say California, we’ve decided to tackle a less obvious choice: Illinois. You may be surprised how many of your favourites come out of the area, but here’s just a few of ours from recent years; some more popular than others, and some who are obscure cult favourites. Good job Illinois for breeding some pretty darn good bands.
Let’s start with a painfully obvious one, Fall Out Boy. This band has enjoyed quite a bit of mainstream success, they can even add Grammy nominees to their long list of accomplishments. Tracks like ‘Sugar We’re Goin Down’ and ‘Dance Dance’ will forever remain classics. After taking what felt like a painfully long hiatus, when Fall Out Boy returned in 2013, it was no surprise that they quickly continued on their uphill rise.