For a band whose last release was in 2002 (the same year it broke up), The Promise Ring had a pretty active 2015. Maritime—which features two TPR expats in its ranks—put out its fifth (and arguably best) record, bassist Scott Schoenbeck started a promising new project called Rx Drugs, and Jade Tree re-released The Promise Ring’s beloved 1997 record Nothing Feels Good on vinyl for the first time in 15 years. In honor of that re-release, the emo heavy-hitters opted to reunite for an extra special New Year’s Eve show at The Metro in Chicago. It turns out The Promise Ring has one more holiday-adjacent surprise up its sleeve: an intimate warm-up show at Cactus Club next week.
On December 30, The Promise Ring will play what drummer Dan Didier calls “a low-key last-minute run through” of the set the band plans to play at The Metro the following night. Didier tells Milwaukee Record the band (which last reunited in 2012) will play Nothing Feels Good in its entirety and nine songs from other releases. The intimate Milwaukee show will have no opening support, but will cost just $10 at the door. Doors open at 8 p.m., with the show slated to begin at 9.