I believe the first time I saw Allister was in 2004 when they came through town and played at the Water Street Music Hall. I think I had only met bassist Scott Murphy at that point through a friend. Not sure if I had heard of them prior to that show but decided to check them out that night. They ended up putting on a really amazing set that night. They came back through Rochester and Buffalo a bunch of times since then. At a show in Buffalo I did a really interesting yet hilarious interview with guitarists Tim Rogner and Kyle Lewis (a video can be found on the website). In 2007, the band decided to go on hiatus and did a “farewell” show out in their hometown Chicago so a friend of mine (who also had a magazine at the time) an I flew out just for the show. It was a sad night for us both but little did we know 3 years later the band would get back together and record 2 more albums (Countdown To Nowhere in 2010 & Life Behind Machines in 2012).
Allister stopped in LA over the weekend to play a show with MxPx and Kris Roe (The Ataris) at the Glasshouse in Pomona. Photos from that show can be found on the site. www.burningstars.net
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