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Alto sax player/singer Steve SOSTACK formed SWEEP THE LEG JOHNNY with guitarist Chris DALY while they were students at the University of Notre Dame in the early 90s. After graduating, they drafted bassist Matt ALICEA and drummer Scott ANNA while living in Chicago. 1997 saw their debut '' released on Divot. After ALICEA was replaced on bass by John BRADY (SWING KIDS), the band signed with Southern Records and released 'Tomorrow We Will Run Faster' in 1999, mastering it at Abbey Road Studios. By 2002 their last full LP 'Going Down Swingin' was recorded, STOSTACK and DALY briefly formed CHECK ENGINE, and members have also played with ZZZZ and math rockers JUNE OF 44.

Math Rock through and through but never sacrificing their garage pedigree, JOHNNY are an uncompromising rush of aggressive energy and Punk rebellion led firmly by SOSTACK's saxophone and driven by the tight rhythm section and willing twin guitars. Cerebral but messy, noisy but not Noise, StLJ is Chicago Math at its most bold.

-- Atavachron (David) --

Why this artist must be listed in :
Important Chicago-based Mathrock ensemble with connections to other key Math/Post projects in the 1990s.

Discography:, studio album (1997)
Tomorrow We Will Run Faster, studio album (1999)
Sto Cazzo!, studio album (2000)
Live September 9, 2000, live album (2000)
Going Down Swingin', studio album (2002)

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5.00 | 1 ratings
4 9 21 30
4.00 | 2 ratings
Tomorrow We Will Run Faster
4.00 | 2 ratings
Going Down Swingin'

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3.05 | 2 ratings
Live September 9th, 2000

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 Live September 9th, 2000 by SWEEP THE LEG JOHNNY album cover Live, 2003
3.05 | 2 ratings

Live September 9th, 2000
Sweep the Leg Johnny Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Atavachron
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Sweep the Leg Johnny takes the stage at San Francisco's legendary Bottom of the Hill club; sanctuary of the uberground scene, showcase for the best that local music's rotting underbelly has to offer, and haven to the truly subterranean and seriously unwashed. On this autumn evening the Chicago foursome - tight but completely out of control - destroy their music with uncompromising fun and desperation for all to witness, taking their time, torturing it with sadistic pleasure and improvising their way out of the darkness. Steve Sostack's saxophone leads the two guitars, bass and drums with blown-out caterwauls, atonal blurts and zoned-out mantras reminding us of Coltrane at his most liberated. This is Mathrock in its primordial state from a band that was on the cutting edge of the Chicago scene and barely resembles the cold calculations normally associated with the style. No, these guys want to push you around and piss you off, and they have a great time doing it. A painful chord repeats aimlessly until the band drops like a rock on your head and never lets up till it's all over 38 minutes later: 'The Fine Wrinkles, We Have All of Them' has Sostack's rusted vocals barely discernible amid the piles of broken machinery and spontaneous sidetracks. 'Walking Home on the Emergency Bed' is a Punk group with a bit more to say and tosses thrash and freejazz together in a blender. 'The Blizzard of 99' eases a bit, opening some room for the band to expand on the complex maze of pain and anguish, and closer 'Bloodlines' is almost a song.

Fearless, ripe with odor and completely aware of their unkempt appearence, StLJ is like a very satisfying bowel movement; hot, glorious and stinking.

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