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CHIEF drops new single in advance of concept album, "The Galleon"

Published April 30, 2020

If there ever was a time for a power-rocking concept album about a mysterious ship helmed by a frightening being ... Milwaukee's CHIEF, a trio led by Chris Tishler, thinks that time is now. And on Friday, the band drops the first single from the 15-song album, "The Galleon." "For Those Who Live A Light" will be released on Bandcamp, with the full-length double album coming June 20.


Catching up with Chief

Published Dec. 8, 2016

Every few years, we remind you about Chief, the hard-rocking Milwaukee band that you should check out. Why? Not because frontman Chris Tischler compares Chief to Van Halen and Judas Priest, although that's a pretty good reason to give them a listen, since they're excellent musicians.


Hard rockers Chief launch the CD that almost never was

Published April 28, 2015

WAMI board president Zoy Begos lauded Milwaukee trio Chief as "the perfect intersection where rock meets heavy metal." For me, Chief is the living, breathing, Milwaukee spirit of Thin Lizzy: heavy guitars and a pounding rhythm section, but with good songs constructed around melodies. Asked frontman Chris Tischler about the band that almost ceased to be, the music that vanished into the ether and the perhaps miraculous new CD.


Hudson makes Estate debut

Published March 15, 2012

It seems kinda hard to believe, but when Hudson plays at The Estate Friday night at 9:30, it will be the first time any of the band's long-standing members - Matt Liban, Bryan Mir, Paul Jonas and Matt Meixner - have played the East Side club.


Farewell to the Chief?

Published May 25, 2011

It's been two years since we caught up with Milwaukee's own rawk rawyalty, namely Chief - a band I like to compare to Thin Lizzy but which frontman Chris Tischler has likened to Van Halen, UFO and Judas Priest. The media silence is mostly because the trio - comprising hard working Brew City music scene stalwarts Dave Benton on bass, Matt Liban on drums and singer and guitarist Tishler - has been on hiatus, keeping itself silent, too.


After 15 years, James is ready to rock again

Published Sept. 8, 2010

Fifteen years elapsed between the release of Peggy James' new disc, "Joan of Arc," and its predecessor. So, you'll understand why she's doing the release party up right. James launches the 10-song "Joan of Arc," produced by Jim Eannelli, on Friday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. at the Marcus Center's Vogel Hall.


LOW-B rediscovers its spark for Shank reunion gig

Published Aug. 31, 2009

LOW-B, fronted by John Bitenc, with his brother Dan on bass, Jeff Benske on guitar and Matt Liban on drums possessed enough skill and enough spark that when it fired up its engine, it could knock you on your keister if you weren't careful. The band reunites for a Friday, Sept. 4 gig with The Carolinas at Shank Hall.


For those of you that want to rock...salute the Chief!

Published Jan. 21, 2009

A hard-rockin', three-piece rock and roll outfit, Chief got together about three years ago when guitarist Chris Tischler and drummer Matt Liban -- who have been in numerous local bands over the years -- joined bassist Dave Benton and sort of unwittingly became a band. Chief celebrates a new EP with a CD release gig Friday, Jan. 23 at Frank's Power Plant in Bay View.


Gig roundup: Majestic Mudd launches debut salvo

Published Jan. 7, 2009

Welcome to a locally focused, mini edition of the gig roundup, with info on a CD release party by Majestic Mudd and gigs by .357 String Band at Turner Hall, 1956, Nolo Contendere and Certain Stars at the Cactus; and Chief with Revolush at Shank Hall.


Hudson jazzes up instrumentals with lyrical flavor

Published March 14, 2005

The jazzified Milwaukee rock group, Hudson, featuring Paul Jonas, Chris Tishler, Matt Meixner, Jeff Benske and Matt Liban started out purely instrumental and funky until deciding to add some rockin' lyrical flavor to its repertoire.


Jonas steers Hudson in new direction

Published Aug. 21, 2003

Paul Jonas claims he became the frontman of Hudson by default, but it's a role he's taken very seriously as the band is now on the cusp of a new sound, a new record and new venues. They play tonight at the BBC.