Formed in early 1980, the Effigies were one of Chicago's first punk rock bands. Along with bands like Naked Raygun and Strike Under, the Effigies were instrumental in developing what became the dominant sound in the first generation of Chicago punk: driving, guitar-heavy noise which often developed unabashedly into catchy melodies. The Effigies rode hard in those heady days of the last decade, putting on manic live gigs, touring the U.S. in a used van, and releasing their own records on Ruthless Records, a chimerical label existing solely as a unifying flag for the cooperative efforts of The Effigies, Naked Raygun and Steve Albini (Big Black).
The Effigies split in 1986. They re-formed in 1987, performed under different lineups, and split again around 1990. In 1992, the original lineup got together for the closing days of Chicago's notorious club, Exit, and in 1995, they re-released some of their early material on CD. "Remains Nonviewable" was released by Touch & Go Records in late 1995. With its original the band played gigs in Chicago clubs in December, 1995 and in early 1996.
The band re-formed again with new guitarist Robert McNaughton in 2003. Their CD "Reside" was released in June, 2007, on Chicago's Criminal IQ label.
This EP -- "...on the run, or in danger (stop) This will have been my life (stop)" -- comprises the final studio recordings of the Economou, Kezdy, McNaughton, Zamost lineup. Its three tracks hold the essence of what The Effigies have been -- an original, uncompromising, hard-hitting Chicago punk band with a tight grip around the neck of the modern world.
What critics said of "Reside" --
"The Effigies are making an improbable comeback. The sound is as heavy as ever, with subtle lyric and sonic shades that bespeak a new maturity.....an unlikely combination of brains and brawn." --Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune 07/06/07
"...a 10-song slice of the same snap-neck beats and ominous guitar fury of the past combined with the wisdom and focus from having lived a few years. This is a welcome comeback that really just picks up where they left off without leaving anything behind." --IE August, 2007