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For the past two decades, Chicago band Textbook has been crafting their own brand of pop-punk-rock inspired by bands like The Replacements, Hüsker Dü, Buffalo Tom, The Lemonheads, and many more. Sometimes pop, sometimes punk, and occasionally a little country, the band's constant is singer/songwriter Dave Lysien's honest approach and melancholy outlook that give the tunes an identity all their own. Formed after the break up of his previous group Not Rebecca, Lysien has called on a rotating group of friends to fill out the band which has included Chicago scene verterans from notable bands like Woolworthy, Noise By Numbers, Loud Lucy, The Bomb, Oblivion, Venom Lords, Monster Trux, Dan Vapid and The Cheats and of course Not Rebecca.
Textbook has released 5 LPs, 3 EPs, a "Best of" LP, and had songs featured on MTVs “The Real World” and E Channel’s “Living Lohan”. The band has also played 100+ shows, toured overseas 3 times and has played with bands like Local H, The Methadones, The Bomb, J Church, Sponge, Duvall, Leatherface, The Arrivals, The Mopes, and many more.
Dave Lysien (vocals, guitar - Not Rebecca, The Addisons, Woolworthy, Slackers Unite)
Rick Uncapher (bass - The Addisons, Dan Vapid and The Cheats, Noise By Numbers, Woolworthy)
Mark Doyle (drums, vocals - Loud Lucy, The Cells, Woolworthy, Statutes of Liberty)
Dan Knapik (guitar, vocals - Not Rebecca, Venom Lords)
Jeff Dean (guitar - The Bomb, Airstream Futures, All Eyes West, Noise By Numbers)
Scott Ozark (guitar - Oblivion)
Tommy Przybylinski (guitar)
Ian Lee (drums - Woolworthy, Bad Oskar)
Matt Montalto (drums - Not Rebecca, Monster Trux, Green Machines)
Eric Jensen (drums - Not Rebecca)
Jon Donovan (bass)
"...ringing, indie-guitar rock, fleshed out with a touch of rootsy abandon..." (The Bigtakeover)
"...radio-friendly sound, strong instrumentation, and soulful lyrics." (Jersey Beat)
"...more genuine than most of todays youth oriented mall-punk/emo scene..." (Pastepunk.com)
"...the same box of cereal the Get Up Kids had for breakfast..." (Punknews.org)
"...Incredible pop music from former Not Rebecca members." (Shuell Fanzine)