20+ Years of Allister

If you’re a pop punk fan of a certain age, there’s a good chance you’ve probably seen Allister more than once live. In early 2019 they released a record titled “20 Years and Counting,” a celebration of more than two decades worth of Chicago pop punk jams.

Allister at the Cobra Lounge on March 2nd, 2019.
Allister at the Cobra Lounge on March 2nd, 2019.

I’ve had the fortune of knowing these guys since somewhere around 1997. I even played basement shows in and around Illinois with them back when I was in a band, which at the time included Mike, who’s been drumming for Allister since the early aughts.

The Chicago punk scene has been woven into my soul for 25+ years. If you asked me back then if at the age of 40 I would know anyone that would not only still be playing, but celebrating a solid two decades of making amazing music, I’d have had nothing but disbelief. Yet, here Allister are with not only a greatest hits record but still kicking out new songs and leaving crowds sweaty and smiling.

It’s pretty amazing when your friends become rock stars. Cheers guys.

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