the Skeeballs


Sounds Like “Rock’N’Roll from the bottom of the whiskey bottle.”

Band Members Roc: Vox/guitar, Tack: Guitar/Vox, Stew: Bass/Vox, Gabe: Drums.

Influenced by the punk rock styles the likes of Alkaline Trio & Rocket from the Crypt and Socil Distortion, as well as eclectic song writers such as Tom Waits. The band in person give off a vibe more that of Rocket with a look & attitude more greaser punk than many of their songs would imbue.


Hidden away Northern Illinois Rock’N’Roll band the Skeeballs come to you straight from their practice space a converted ground floor bar below a plush lounge. A bit of irony soaked style not lost on the lyrics of many of the groups songs (wiskey appearing in numerous titles). This stuff is basic Rock’N’Roll though not necessarily an authentic retro sound those bits are still in the mix along w/ some punked up speed.
-Bob MacAphee


Screen name:
the Skeeballs
Member since:
Oct 11 2006
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Years together:
Gigs played:
Over 100
43 years


Social D.
Rocket from the Crypt
the Quakes
Chuck Berry
Tom Waits

Members Of Band




Past Events

Fiddlestick Goats farewell show

Sunday, November 28
doors: 5:00pm

Swing State
19041 W. Grand Ave
Lake Villa, ILL.

All Ages
Swing State
11-28-2010: Fiddlestick Goats farewell show w/ Waste Basket, The Atrocities, the Skeeballs, We Must Dismantle All This

11/28 SU Fare Well Goat Show!:(
6:00…We Must Dismantle All This

7:00…The Skeeballs

8:00…The Atrocities

9:00…Waste Basket

10:00…Fiddlestick Goats

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Sat. Aug. 1st 2009
the Skeeballs play
Charity event @ Rumors in Hebron ILL. @4pm
10521 Rt.47 Hebron, ILL.
60034 815.648-2453
bring no perishable food items or toiletry donations
The Effigies & the Skeeballs
Mary's Place
602 N. Madison St.
Rockford ILL. 61107
815.962-7944 815.962.swig or

$5 cover 21+ only

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Formed in early 1980, the Effigies were one of Chicago's first punk rock bands. Along with bands like Naked Raygun and Strike Under, the Effigies were instrumental in developing what became the dominant sound in the first generation of Chicago punk: driving, guitar-heavy noise which often leapt unabashedly into catchy melodies. The Effigies rode hard in those heady days of the last decade, putting on manic live gigs, touring the U.S. in a used van, and putting out their own records on Ruthless Records, a chimerical label existing solely as the cooperative efforts of the Effigies, Naked Raygun and Steve Albini (Big Black).

The band split in 1986. It re-formed in 1987, performed under different lineups, and split again around 1990. In 1992, the Effigies re-united for a reunion show; the original members getting together for the closing days of Chicago's notorious club, Exit. In 1995, the original members agreed to re-release some of their early material on CD. "Remains Nonviewable" was released by Touch & Go Records in late 1995. The band played gigs in Chicago clubs in December, 1995 and in early 1996.

The band re-formed again with Robert McNaughton on guitar. They played their first gig at the Empty Bottle in Chicago on September 10th, 2004. They are currently gigging in Chicago and throughout the midwest. Their new CD Reside was released in June, 2007.

Saturday May 23rd 2009
the Skeeballs
Rumors Bar & Grill
10521 Rt.47 Hebron, ILL.
815.648-2453 815-mitch-53

$1 Drafts!
no cover!
21+ only

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the Skeeballs

Saturday Oct 04, 2008
at 9:00 PM

RUMORS Bar & Grill
10521 Rt.47
Hebron, Illinois 60034
United States
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the Skeeball +? RUMORS Bar & Grill • $1 Drafts •21+ •NO COVER• Bar Phone:815.648-2453•••815-mitch-53
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11/25/2006 08:00 PM - My Brother's Bar w/ The Dumb Downs
9932 Main St.
Hebron, ILL. 60034
Cost: 4.00
Description: With The Dumb Downs (members of Mulligan Stu and Sin City Injectors) My Brother's Bar (Beck's) 9932 Main St. Hebron, ILL. 60034 815.648-4424 81-56-HUG-HAG ONE BLOCK SOUTH OF RT.173 ON 47

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