Chicago southside punks Lights Over Bridgeport have been busy. Since the release of their EP Good Grief in 2017, the group started writing and recording their sophomore record Better This Way, which debuts today.

“Better This Way [is] about making the decision to fight for something better for yourself,” singe Johnny Hamlin explains. “‘Mornings in Chicago’ is a metaphor for that and taking the first step. waking up and deciding to have a better day. I might be a little damaged, but I’ll make it through.”

Tracks like “Southside Serenade,” “Back Pocket,” and “Song for Sadie” stand out as looking glasses into the songwriting and intricacies of how their producer, Nick Diener of The Swellers, pieced together Better This Way. The record shines a light on getting towards those better days ahead.

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