"The Lawrence Arms" is an American punk rock band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1999 and currently recording for Fat Wreck Chords. They have released five full-length albums and toured extensively, including performances on the Vans Warped Tour. Their music and lyrics exhibit their propensity for juxtaposing elements of history and literature with American pop culture.
Prior to forming the Lawrence Arms, the three band members were active in other Chicago-area bands. Brendan Kelly had played in the ska-punk band Slapstick alongside Dan Andriano, who would later join the Alkaline Trio (the two would reunite in 2004 to form The Falcon). Chris McCaughan had played in Tricky Dick before joining Kelly in The Broadways. McCaughan and Kelly also shared an apartment together on Chicago's north side. Neil Hennessy, meanwhile, had played in a band called Baxter. Both Slapstick and the Broadways released albums on Asian Man Records, a small record label based in Monte Sereno, California that would later release albums by the Lawrence Arms.
The three musicians came together to form the Lawrence Arms in 1999, taking their name from the apartment complex in which Kelly a...
|years active||1999 – present|
|music genre|| Punk Rock|
|current members|| (left to right)|
Brendan Kelly (musician)