United Sons of Toil

PRF BBQ 2012 - Chicago

A huge weekend of shows from many of the bands that participate at the Electrical Audio Forums (PRF). We will be closing out Saturday night along with Fake Limbs with a special sleeptytime slumber party. Last we heard this evening was sold-out!

John in his P.J.'s

Robert at the bbq

More photos by Gonzo Chicago.

Slumber Kerfuffle

As part of our take-away gift to the attendees, they guys from Fake Limbs commissioned this comic by Paul Hornschemeier. It details an evening of violent dreams in which Nonagon and Fake Limbs battle for dominance over dreamland.

Slumber Kerfuffle

More info about the festival here

Quenchers w/ United Sons of Toil and Oro

Date of Show: 
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Quenchers Saloon
Chicago, Illinois
Other Bands on the Bill: 

Poster by Jay Ryan

Oh dear God, the colors! The colors! Hey Everybody... Look... We’re in a rush tonight because LeRoy Neiman is painting our next band portrait and we need to go put on various sports jerseys and make ourselves blurry before we head over to his grotto.

I know he seems like an odd choice but Robert is hoping to get some time alone for a long conversation with his mustache.

SO: Just the facts this time around...

We are playing a Thursday night show with friends and kindred souls next week... and at one of our favorite venues.

NONAGON - Working off a bunch of recently gained BBQ-weight from last weekend... playing third

UNITED SONS OF TOIL- Angry socialist post-punks from Madison with a nice “Dischordy” vibe playing in the sweet spot... We’ve played with them a couple of times now and we’re big fans.

ORO - Ex members of Quatre Tete opening the evening with their first show EVER... They are disgustingly talented so I’m sure it will seem like they’ve been playing out for years.

Come on out. See the bands. Say “hi” to friends. Sample the bar’s legendary beer list, swell staff, and tot-laden vittles!

Electrical Audio BBQ

An underground music festival based around the members of the Electrical Audio music Internet forums. Here are some crappy cameraphone photos:

PRF Festival
Tony posting some "LOLZ" outside the T.H.Ink back door.

Blood Sucking Fiends
Blood Sucking Fiends played first. The guitarist was noodling around with a little Jesus Christ Superstar before they played, so I was hopeful we might get a little Lloyd/Webber action in their set, but, alas, I was denied.

Death Dream
Death Dream played just before us and the crowd began to grow during their set. Abrasive punk with a Yow-ish singer.

We played next and managed to get through our set without any problems. Soon afterwards we packed up and made room for the next bands. Tony and I left for quiet evenings with our families while John, the rock ambassador of Nonagon and all-around nice guy, rode back to represent for the rest of the day (he's probably on his bike heading for day 4 of the festival as I type this).

The Frequency w/ The United Sons of Toil, Knife the Symphony and Squarewave

Date of Show: 
Thursday, May 13, 2010
The Frequency
Madison, Wisconsin

Poster by Unknown


The Frequency Madison Marquee

The Frequency's marquee. A fine place to play music and located next door to the one of Robert's favorite Madison eating establishments, The Tornado Room.


Squarewave played well-structured and thoughtful songs and had some of the most guitar effect pedals I have ever seen assembled in one place.

Knife the Symphony

Knife the Symphony managed to play a great set despite being turned away at the gates of The House on the Rock.

United Sons of Toil

United Sons of Toil blasted through their set and were cut short around 1:30am by the bar. We'll be playing with them in Chicago in June and we'll make sure they don't get short changed.