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Logan's Loss
interview by: Ryan Durkin (WCWZ) Winter 2001

WCWZ: I heard that you guys have played over one hundred shows and that you're still only in high school. Is that true?

Craig: Part of that is true. We have in fact played over 100 shows in the span of our 3 and a half year existence. Our 100th show was last April at our beloved 1st Congregational Church of Downers Grove where we host our own DIY monthly shows. We were still in high school at the time. As of the fall we've moved onto higher education. But all together we've played just about 150 shows now.

WCWZ: Has Logan's Loss always had the same lineup?

Craig: Ha! If only we did. Since our inception back in 1997 we've had various horn players until it got to the point where they were excess baggage and were not as committed as the rest of the band. So we've been a quartet since. As of late reliable guitarists have been a hard commodity to come by until we were blessed with two of the best guitar players in Chicago. Mr. TJ Milici and Mr. Tom Aaron are the newest additions to the finest incarnation of Logan's Loss.

WCWZ: What are your thoughts on the Fireside Bowl closing?

Craig: It's very unfortunate because not only has the most unassuming venue become host to some of the finest "punk rock" moments in Chicago's history by bringing some quality bands to Chicago who otherwise wouldn't have gotten a show anywhere else, but it's also become a pillar within the local scene as far as showcasing up and coming bands. But as they say, "all good things must come to an end." It's a shot in the arm for the scene because we lose a venue, but I think it's good because it will force people to become more inventive and go back to the roots and put on more DIY shows all over the city and in the suburbs, which is the heart of any scene.

WCWZ: Tell us a little bit about the area you are from and some of the record shops, places to play, and bands that around there.

Craig: Originally, Logan's Loss hailed from the confines of Downers Grove, Illinois. Since then as the band has taken shape with new members we are all evenly spread out all over the Chicago metro area. TJ's got the north, while Brian and I have the west, and Tom's got the south covered. But Downers Grove will always be our hometown because we continue to hold our monthly shows at the place that's seen the best and worst of Logan's Loss- the 1st Congregational Church of Downers Grove. I think it's safe to say we are the only dignified rock and roll claim to fame the town has to offer. There's one quality indie record shop in downtown Downers Grove and that is Musicwerks. Check it out!

WCWZ: Besides playing music what are some of your other interests?

Craig: We are all involved with school for 9 months out of the year. TJ goes to Columbia and works at GAP, Tom is a senior at Stagg High, and Brian and I attend Elmhurst College where I run track.

WCWZ: What advice would you give to bands just starting out?

Craig: Put your heart and soul into the music. Get out there and play. Record if you have the means. Play some more.

WCWZ: How many releases do you have out now and where can people find them?

Craig: We have one independently released full length titled "Rites of Spring" which has nothing to do whatsoever with the now defunct DC hardcore band. You can find our CD at all Chicago area Best Buys as well as on our website and at shows. We are featured on countless comps, but most importantly we have an unreleased track on the Sinister Records compilation.

WCWZ: Name some things that you hope to accomplish with Logans Loss?

Craig: Survive? Perhaps some sort of minimal label interest and support would be greatly appreciated to help us get the music to the masses. We'd like to be able to release our sophomore album very soon but would ideally like it to be released on a label. We'd like to tour Europe again also.

WCWZ: Do you have anything else to add?

Craig: Check out our website at or email us at or call Craig @ 630-516-2439 for booking. Keep an eye out for us touring all over again come summertime!

for more info on Logan's Loss please visit:

"Faster Crashes Harder"
"Who Died"
Preacher Gone To Texas
"Choice Vs. Chance"
Frontside / *Tomsawyer
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