The Studs started out pretty much how you could imagine all bands start; a couple friends, a couple drinks, and that one thought that everyone has at some point in their life. ”We should start a band!”. Most of us just sober up and move on. These friends, however, were driven. The universe pushed in a direction and at the next possible talent show; there they were. Three friends with three songs and let’s call it an... ‘interesting’ name. The Anarchist Atheists debut show wasn’t exactly a rousing success, but what do you expect when you ask a friend at the last possible moment to play drums right before your first performance? Win or lose, and boy they sure lost it, all that mattered was that they had found something they loved. Making music with friends was all that mattered now. Eric, Zach, and Jackie changed their name to The Studs and never looked back.
There have been 10+ members of The Studs over the years. I joined in 2005 and became the fifth drummer. Seriously, it took them four drummers to ask one of their best friends who just happened to like metal music? But who’s keeping score? (Me, obviously.) When we were 18 one of the founding members, and one of the best friends the world has ever known, Jackie Kitchen, passed away and left us wondering what the hell to do. We tried to pick up the pieces. Move ahead. To try and find a talented guitarist who could replace her. But, as we should have known all along, there was no replacing Jackie. We realized what we should have been looking for was a friend who was just as driven. To let the music change and evolve into something new. Erik Gainer came on board and a whole new era of Studs music was born.
While working on what would be our first full length album, Don’t Suck, the music style was changing and we were learning our new sound together. We knew we needed to add something more to make it all come together. What we needed was another guitarist, and we knew exactly where to look. One of our best friends Kyle Whitney joined and added a rhythm that makes our live shows so much fuller.
With the five-piece group finally rounded out with extremely driven and dedicated members, we recorded our EP, The Fall of The Studs, in the fall of 2012 (aren’t we clever?) with a whole new sound and style that really made our live shows so much fun. We started playing any possible show. You hosting a battle of the bands over the next two months? We’re down to compete. Have a big record release show in a month and need some support? We got you. Want The Studs to be loud and vulgar at your birthday party this weekend? We like birthdays. It was bad business but who cared? We were having the time of our lives. We’ve played all over the Chicagoland area, met a lot of awesome people, and had way too much fun doing it.
Along the way, we stopped having fun and no one really wanted to acknowledge it. It all came to a head at the beginning of 2015 and we decided to take a break. Actually, we completely broke up but we all knew that wouldn’t last.
Our second full length album "Red Planet Rock" was recently released on July 17th, 2018.
We can't wait to share our brand of Punk N'Roll, and we don’t expect the fun to stop anytime soon.