I Decline | The Ides Of Riffdom

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The Ides Of Riffdom

by I Decline

Using skillful/passionate song writing, these four testosterone-driven Chicago lads combine sonic riffing & hauntingly wicked rhythms with the magic of old school rock to create loud, crushing anthems of hope, honesty and destruction.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Doom/Stoner Metal
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1. If We Sucked You'd Like Us
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2. Street Scene
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3. Raze Lazurus (You Know Who's the Thief)
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4. Yeah, You Did
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5. Dolio's Montreaux
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6. Skeleton Dance
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7. I, Rifflord
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8. Give'm a Hand
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Album Notes

I Decline rip out the pages from the book of rock legends that include Black Sabbath and Thin Lizzy to glue them back in a trusty tattered notebook with the punk philosophies of Black Flag and the Misfits. This eclectic mixture of influences creates I Decline’s own unique hybrid of hard rock, metal, and punk hardcore genres. “I Decline are Chicago super rockers who just might be the first band to successfully channel the glorious, delirious warmth of Thin Lizzy’s dual guitar attack and gentleman rogue charm and drop it, friendly fire style, right into the sprawling desert of acid freak dope metal,” recites Sleazegrinder.com.

Utilizing the recording skills of member John Doyle, I Decline anticipate their third full length release by summer 2009 while gearing up for exclusive Chicago dates and regional mini-tours. After the bands five year hiatus that found Doyle working as lead engineer alongside famed producer Johnny K, I Decline reignited their passion to perform with a series of intermittent performances in the summer of 2008. Overwhelmed by the response of their local fan base, rehearsals gave way to their most creative and complex catalog of new material to date.

I Decline’s first full length compact disc Soundtrack for the Rest of Your Life was self recorded and released in 2000 on the bands own Black Rabbit Records. Several tracks would appear in the surfer film and soundtrack for “The 5th Symphony Document,” winning the prestigious Surfer Magazine Movie of the Year award in 2001. “It took me no more than two guitar chords for me to fall in love with the guitar sound of I Decline, says Chicago Gigs.com. “Gritty, dirty, fuzzy, beautifully thick power chords are the backbone of this band and heavy is not an adequate word to describe the weight unleashed on this album.”

I Decline set out to capture the sound of their explosive live show with their second Black Rabbit Records release The Ides of Riffdom in 2003. Simulating a live performance atmosphere throughout recording sessions with a tried and true set list, the group tracked in an all analog studio using 2" reel to reel tape. “The depth of this album and overall production goes above and beyond the call of duty” explains Stoner Rock.com. “Banging your head in sync right out of the gate, its psychedelic space drenched fuzzed out blues guitar rock done right with vocals Paul Stanley would be proud of and showing that its not just typical stoner rock for the masses.” I Decline contributed the track “Give ‘em a Hand” to the Firetone Records Indie Rock Unites Volume 1, a compilation that included Poster Children and the Figgs supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

I Decline have shared the stage with an endless array of talented artists including the Frogs and Nick Olivieri (Queens of the Stone Age). In 2003, the band met Corrosion of Conformity drummer Reed Mullin during Chicago's Mobfest Music Conference and forged a bond that brought the band on a short tour to North Carolina as a supporting act for Joe Preston’s group Thrones (Melvins, High On Fire, Sunn O))), Earth). Frequenting the Chicago club scene, I Decline has appeared at House of Blues, Metro, Double Door, and throughout the Midwest. Michigan Bands.com declares “I Decline take the stage and commence a gradual and steady climb into a vortex of energy I’ve never seen before, reinforcing my hope for today’s music.”

Chicago south side natives Pat McLaughlin (bass), John Doyle (drums), and Michael Pesavento (guitar) originally assembled in 1996 writing mock-metal songs that poked fun at hardcore music. With mutual respect for bands like Kyuss, Monster Magnet, and Sleep, their earlier shows often incorporated free-form jams that coincidently led to the addition of vocalist Dustin Harnish. With McLaughlin nearly knocked unconscious by the jolt of electricity from a microphone, Harnish came to his aid by joining their performance and ultimately the band. Fueled with the ferocity of auxiliary lead guitarists Dan Dominiak and Tommy Bucina, the group’s circle was finally complete.



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Mark Hernandez, EMDS ROCKZINE

best stoner album I’ve heard in some time. 9 outta ten
“So what have we got here? I Decline- a four-piece from Chicago; The Ides Of Riffdom- half an hour’s worth of pretty good shit; Skeleton Dance- EMDS’s Song of the Year so far....To be completely honest here, I gotta say I’ve heard way too many stoner rock records during the past five/six years and I’m getting kinda tired with the whole scene, but The Ides Of Riffdom is an album that got me excited like goddamn Jeff Stryker. Well, almost, anyway. I’m not saying this is The Best Record Ever Made, but it sure is the best stoner album I’ve heard in some time and definitely worth checking out. 9 outta ten”
- Mark Hernandez, EMDS ROCKZINE http://listen.to/emds


I Decline \"Ides of Riffdom\" (Self-released)
Gotta be careful when you\'re naming things. It sure didn\'t help out Quiet Riot when they titled their late 80\'s flounder \"Condition Critical\" while the wags were already tossing dirt on their graves. Likewise, when Coke Dealer told me they were calling their new album \"The Sound of Utter Failure\", I could already see the devastating reviews that gleefully agreed with them. Of course, for them, that\'s by design. Anyway, it\'d be easy and sleazy to pun out on a band called \"I Decline\", and the venom was just sitting there in the inkwell, waiting to get dipped. I mean, \"The Ides of Riffdom\" has \'Spinal Tap\' written all over it, right? Yeah, well, stop laughing, funboy. I Decline are Chi-town Super Rockers who just might be the first band to successfully channel the glorious, delirious warmth of Thin Lizzy\'s dual guitar attack and gentleman rogue charm and drop it, friendly fire style, right into the sprawling desert of acidfreak dope metal. You\'re gonna think it\'s Soundgarden for a minute or two, then Monster Magnet; but when you finally come to your senses, you\'ll just simply be rocked like a proverbial hurricane. The choruses are big enough to crack holes in the sky, the choking dust storms are caking everything in layers of heavy fuzz, but the Peace- Dog- Earth- Brother vibe permeates the bravado, giving \"The Ides of Riffdom\" more depth and repeat-listen priority then a dozen bell bottomed Swede dealers. If there\'s a crack in the armor, it\'s I Decline\'s experimental leanings- the rock gets stopped more than once to wait for a lumbering bass solo or feedback fuck-for-all to pass by like the 4:15 express to nowhere, but I got buttons to press for that. This one came out of nowhere and just knocked me out. Their motto appears to be \"If we sucked, you\'d like us\", but don\'t believe it. Suck they do not, and I like \'em plenty. My guess is, you will too. The Ides of Riffdom are indeed upon us.

Erik Kluiber

I found out about I Decline when I saw them by chance at the Double Door on a random visit to Chicago.  I was blown away with how solid their live delivery was.  It doesn't happen often that a band you never heard of in your life commands your attention and moves you. Not long after I saw them, I Decline released the Ides of Riffdom.   Their cd release party was at O’Malleys on the Southside of Chicago.  What I’d give to get a bootleg video of that night!  The Ides of Riffdom is a perfect album.  All the riffs are solid, the vocals are nonstop hooks, and I love the title.  At this point in their musical journey these guys had perfected their craft and the music flowed out of them like blood and oil in the Middle East.  I Decline is typically thrown into that stoner hippie metal category, but they’re not boring and droning like a lot of their peers.  Their songs are focused and have power with purpose.  Yeah, you can drop acid and smoke pounds of weed to it, but their shit makes you bang your head and want to drink beer. They were so good that everything had to fall apart shortly after Ides of Riffdom’s release.   This is a cross over album that will appeal to anyone into Rock or Metal.  The Ides of Riffdom should have been the biggest album of the year.  Fuck Queens of the Stoneage, I Decline smoked em.  My only complaint is that the album isn’t longer.  The good news is I Decline has reformed and is writing and recording a follow up as we speak!