Long regarded as a haven for electric blues, power
pop, and even metal, Chicago served as surprisingly
fertile soil for the speedy growth of Lucky Boys Confusion.
The five-piece ska-punk outfit -- Kaustubh Pandav
(vocals), Adam Krier (co-vocalist, guitar), Ryan Fergus
(drums), Jason Shultejann (bass), and Joe Sell (guitar)
-- formed in 1997 when Pandav and Krier began writing
The pair drew from punk, rap, and reggae to create
an infectious ska-punk sound that combines Pandav's
Latin melodies with Krier's Beastie Boys-influenced
rap. Recruiting members from their previous bands,
Pandav and Krier formed Lucky Boys Confusion and began
to perform at house parties and YMCAs in Chicago's
The band's first recorded effort was a four-song EP,
What Gets Me High, released on their own Townstyle
label in 1997. The Lucky Boys' tales of suburban teen
life proved popular and the band followed in 1998
with the full-length Growing Out of It, again released
on Townstyle. The 17-track Growing Out of It included
the four songs from What Gets Me High, along with
new material written almost exclusively by the team
of Pandav and Krier. As the Lucky Boys' following
grew in Chicago, "Dumb Pop Song," a single
from Growing Out of It, found its way into regular
rotation on Q101, Chicago's influential alternative
With regular radio play, the band's fan base exploded
and suburban house parties gave way to headlining
gigs at the House of Blues and the legendary Metro.
Fueled by the popularity of "Dumb Pop Song,"
Growing Out of It went on to sell over 6,000 copies.
An EP, The Soapbox Spectacle, was released on Townstyle
in March 2000 and the band eventually signed with
Elektra Records. Lucky Boys Confusion's major label
debut, Throwing the Game, was released in May 2001.