Sludgeworth To Release First New Material In Over Three Decades On New EP “Together Not Together”

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Back in the early 90’s Sludgeworth released their debut album, Losers Of The Year, on Lookout Records. It sold tens of thousands of copies and the band packed out Chicago venues with their unique sound, playing shows with the likes of Naked Raygun, The Effigies, Green Day, Jawbreaker, The Offspring, ALL, Killing Joke, Rollins Band, Tool and Primus prior to disbanding in 1993. In 2022, they reunited after an almost 30-year hiatus when Red Scare Industries issued an expanded Losers Of The Year on vinyl and CD as well giving the band their digital debut. In 2023, they were asked to play Riot Fest, and then a hometown show with long-time friends, The Smoking Popes. Now, they’re set to release their first new material in over three decades in the shape of their new two track EP, Together Not Together, on May 17th via Red Scare Industries. You can also catch Sludgeworth on June 22nd at Chicago’s Beat Kitchen with The Bollweevils and Feral Tact, tickets go on sale this from April 12th at noon CST here.


“The title refers to our band. We haven’t released anything new in 32 years, then there’s also a physical distance between us. I think when you haven’t played together in that long, you can return anew. The inspiration for this album can be summed up in one word: Enthusiasm. It was there for all of us. Originally I thought the idea of new music was a terrible idea. But then the guys sent me the music they were kicking around, and words and a melody immediately popped into my head. Those few seconds changed everything. After 32 years since our last recording, I can honestly say I couldn’t be more excited about this release.” (singer Dan Schafer)


“Singer Dan [Schafer] told us the band had no plans for new material, but they were jamming at rehearsal, and as Dan explained to us, ‘It just happened organically. It felt natural, and the songs felt good. Sludgeworth is a special band from a special time in Chicago punk, and it’s rare to witness an authentic comeback, but the Together Not Together 7-inch is a second chance for us to appreciate their renewed greatness.” (Red Scare Industries founder Tobias Jeg)