Chicago-based punk band, Blind Adam and the Federal League, premiered their new single and music video for the title track, “An Act of Desperation” this morning. Their sophomore album, An Act of Desperation, was recorded in October 2019 at Anti-Flag’s A-F Records studio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with producer and engineer, Chris “#2” Barker. The band is comprised of Adam Gogola (Vocals/Guitar), Alex Simotes (Bass/Vocals), Ellie Z (Lead Guitar/Vocals), and Dan Alfonsi (Drums). They have respectively played in bands such as The Night Brigade, Badwater Sound, and Still Alive.
Their name is a nod to a nickname given to Gogola by his friend Bryan Kienlen of The Bouncing Souls during a cross-country motorcycle ride taken shortly after being diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition called Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON). That trip spurred Gogola to get back into music himself. After tapping several longtime friends to join him, Blind Adam & the Federal League was born. Known for their country-tinged variety of rock and roll and politically-charged lyrics, Blind Adam & the Federal League draw inspiration from Bruce Springsteen, Rancid, Tom Petty, and Jason Isbell.
Over the last two years, the band had played over 75 shows a year, from DIY shows to opening for acts like Ben Nichols (Lucero), Anti-Flag, Flatfoot 56, CJ Ramone, Dog Party, The Goddamn Gallows, Austin Lucas, Everclear, Bowling for Soup and many more. Over the past two years, they played across the United States while working on what would become their sophomore LP, An Act of Desperation. The album was set to release in the summer of 2020, but the Covid-19 pandemic has forced them to press pause on all future plans. However, they do plan to tour after the record is released and it is safe and responsible to tour again.
Since March, the band has hosted a nine-week live stream series called Quarantine Live Streams, in partnership with Mystery Street Recording in Chicago. They raise money to support the work of organizations like The Night Ministry, Indie Lab VA, and Brave Space Alliance, with guests including members of Anti-Flag, Ben Nichols of Lucero, The Homeless Gospel Choir, Sarah Shook, and Austin Lucas. That work has turned into on the ground activism, and a mutual aid project called The People’s Pizza Party.
Now Blind Adam & the Federal League are working on a new live stream series that will be tied to support organizations that prioritize mutual aid, community defense, and social and racial justice.