em garage-kissed power pop (San Francisco Chronicle),
atomic pop (Rolling Stone), or simply wild and crazy
(Chicago Tribune), The Safes have collected plenty of accolades for however
youd like to sum up their expert-level snappy songwriting and sharp
Brothers Frankie, Patrick, and Michael O'Malley with drummer Dex Fontaine
plus bassists Curt Schmelz and David Elliott are The SAFES. These boys
have that unique chemistry that comes when talented siblings form a band
(think Kinks, The Breeders, JAMC, Redd Kross...). The
bands smart, melodic music ( NPR) is rooted
in 60s-70s inspirations such as The Who, Rockpile, Big Star, Elvis
Costello artists who knew how to deliver big on record and on stage.
Contemporary comparisons such as Ty Segal, Thee Oh Sees, Guided by Voices,
Generationals and New Pornographers make a whole lot of sense, too.
When it has come to getting that sound on tape, the brothers
have recorded themselves at their own StudiO'Malley
and have also worked with some top record producers like Brian Deck (Modest
Mouse, The Shins, Iron & Wine), Keith Cleversley in Chicago at The
Playground (Flaming Lips), Jim Diamond in Detroit at Ghetto Recorders
(White Stripes), Jason Ward in Benton Harbor at Key Club Recording &
Prole Arts in Chicago (Arcade Fire, Kid Congo Powers), and David Suycott
(Spies Who Surf, Machines
of Loving Grace) in Chicago at IDIGMusic.
Touring coast-to-coast since 2003, The Safes have established large, loyal
fanbases across the country on the strength of their live show which is
a sweaty explosion of energy and melody. The Safes have also shared the
stage/floors with such acts as wild america, The Growlers, Autumn Defense,
Detroit Cobras, Foghat, The
Toasters, Hunx and his Punx,
Andrew Bird, The
Zoltars, Smoking Popes, Greenhornes,
The Vibrators, Shannon and the Clams, Spinto Band... to name a few.
The boys have been very fortunate to have worked with such talented &
generous friends such as: director/filmography/editors Andrew Maggio &
pupeteer Rachel Frizzi for The SAFES "The Sky is Falling" puppet
massacre (premiere on Pitchfork TV) and Well, Well, Well's cold killer
"Since Trust Went Bust"(premiere on Daily Motion); to Nika Thiel's
masktacular "Deception"; Mike Hindert's chicken caper for "Hopes
Up, Guard Down" (premiere on CMJ) and the weeper rabbit peeper "She
So Sad, and most recently a uniquely global video directed by Mickey Mangan
for The Safes "I Would Love To, that was filmed by Safes fans
in 15 countries and represents 12 languages (premiere on Yahoo! Music),
and Patrick Oleksy's animated and multi-layered suburban dreamland drama
for "Hometown" ("Stereogum").
The Safes releases have also
led to live performances on WGN tv, Fox Chicago tv, a feature episode
on JbTv and airplay on college and community radio stations across the
US such as WFMU, WLUW, KHDX, WMBR, KEXP
among hundreds of others along with WXRT, KROQ, WFNX, and WLUP.
"blast of good old fashioned rocknroll fun"
-Peter Helman, Stereogum
spitfire band of Irish brothers who are Chicagos answer to The Kinks.
They have mastered the ground between garage rock snarl and explosive
with a handful of nationally acclaimed records and a raucous, buzzed about
live show. Its a big, thrilling sound built to bore into your head,
and stick there.
-Chris March, New Haven Register
The Safes are out to conquer America the old-fashioned way one
city at a time. This trio of brothers channels the raw energy of '60s-style
soul through modern power-pop song structures,
with tunes built on fiery riffs and fierce hooks. The Safes' sweat-inducing
live shows earn rave reviews, but their efforts in the studio are also
-Brian Lee, Hartford Courant
power-pop band-- centered around a trio of multi-instrumentalist brothers--
craft well-executed songs.
-Nate Patrin, Pitchfork
"The Safes rise to the occasion and give it everything they've got!"--
Richard Milne, 93.1, WXRT
Well, Well' marks a move away from The SAFES' grittier beginnings and
toward the more melodic pop sensibility
favored by the likes of Fountains of Wayne and The Raconteurs' Brendan
-Jonathan Perry, Boston Globe