In his first two albums, The Eradicator—a punk project that’s based on an iconic sketch on The Kids In The Hall—asserted his dominance over “pussheads” and the like in songs most often pertaining to his superiority in the sport of squash. With little left to prove at this point, the Chicago-based endeavor (with members in Milwaukee) will release one last album worth of squash-themed punk anthems before, quite literally, leaving it all on the court.
That parting shot, Forever The Eradicator, is a 12-track collection of songs that touch on familiar themes heard on Eradicator and Peak Eradicator. However, this finale features more intricate and ambitious musicianship than its predecessors, as ski-masked singer Andy Slania gets an instrumental assist from drummer Danny Walkowiak and guitarist Steven Maury (both of whom are current members of Mertles Acres and former members of Direct Hit!), along with guitarist/background vocalist Scott Thomson (no relation to KITH cast member Scott Thompson, probably).
That cohesion and intensity are each on display in “Can’t Play Well With Others,” the latest single The Eradicator put out in advance of Forever The Eradicator‘s October 7 release on Stonewalled. The song finds the bandleader’s bombastic bellows melding perfectly with a wave of percussion, squealing guitars, and chugging bass lines. After the album comes out, The Eradicator will play release shows at X-Ray Arcade in Cudahy on Thursday, October 13 and Reggies Music Joint in Chicago on Friday, October 14 before heading down to Florida at the end of October to play The Fest. Prior to the record’s release and the subsequent shows, you can listen to The Eradicator’s “Can’t Play Well With Others” below.