The great part about Chicago music is the ability to watch great and potentially great bands grow up into solid musicians with a following worth talking about. Obviously things have backfired for some bands (i.e. Alkaline Trio [they moved]), but for others the headlines and the hometown pride seemingly never waiver.
In 2006, Bound Stems released a delectable piece of post-punk indie pop with tight melodies, found sound, sweet time changes, and Thax Douglas himself. It was one of the best record of the year, just no one seemed to pick up on that. PopMatters has featured the story of the band on their front page - framing them as the band that puts everything into their art for little to no return.
The results, Appreciation Night, perhaps Sult’s life accomplishment to date, arrived in 2006. An amazing album. Not many people heard it.