Lucky Boys Confusion punks up Otto’s

Adam Krier (left) and Ryan Fergus (right) of Lucky Boys Confusion sit down before their show Friday night at Ottos’s in DeKalb. They spoke about the nostalgia of coming back home to the Chicago area to play and how life is on the road.

By Katie Finlon

These Chicago guys just came for good music, a good time, a few good beers—and a good place to call home.

Lucky Boys Confusion, a punk band from Naperville and Downer’s Grove, was the headliner act 11 p.m. Friday at Otto’s Night Club, 118 E. Lincoln Highway.

The band played its standard hits, “Atari,” “Cigarettes,” “Fred Astaire” and “Closer to Our Graves.” The set featured the band’s older songs more so than its newer material; that was intentional, said guitarist Adam Krier.

“I think with any artist, anytime any record that really hits you—that’s always the record that’s always gonna ring out and that’s the one you’re always gonna remember,” Krier said. “You grew up with that record, and when you have a new one, there’s a lot of anticipation for it—you expect it to have that same effect and it’s not, because you’re not going to grow up with that record. It doesn’t matter how good it is, it’s not going to come along with the memories that you got while listening to that record.”

Drummer Ryan Fergus added, “It’s the soundtrack [of] someone’s freshman year of college or something—like, really formative events that some of those older records that maybe stick with them in important parts of their lives.”

LBC also played another tune, “Mr. Wilmington,” as an acoustic rendition to commemorate former guitarist and friend Joe Sell, who died last year.

“He always enjoyed performing,” Krier said. “It didn’t matter how rough that day had been for him, but when he got up there…it wasn’t about professionalism and that he had to put on a smile—he was genuinely happy for those two hours.”

This isn’t the first time LBC has performed in DeKalb. In fact, Krier and lead singer Kaustubh Pandav performed an acoustic set at the House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway in April 2012.

The band members said they have a special connection with the Chicago suburbs.

“’Closer to Our Graves’ is a song that everybody always wanted to put on the set list, and we always enjoyed playing that one.” Krier said. “Musically, I think it’s great and works well with the crowd lyrically. It’s kind of autobiographical in a way. It talks about growing up outside of a big city and kind of relying on living vicariously through the music you’re listening to to imagine what else is out there.”

Pandav said Otto’s has sort of been a second home, performance-wise. According to the band, they have been performing there since 1999.

“It’s a good change of pace from doing a House of Blues or major city show, going into a college town,” Pandav said. “That whole ‘This whole day is dedicated to this show’ is not there. You walk through the crowd and they’re like, ‘We’ve been jamming to your music since 3 o’clock after we get out of class.’ You kind of get that college vibe. It’s more like a party.”