Chicago-based pop-punk band Cliffhanger released their self-titled EP on January 10th. The nostalgic and high-energy release features prominent electric guitars and thoughtful melodies.

About the EP, drummer Mike Licari stated:
“Each song on Cliffhanger has a deep personal meaning. We like to describe this EP as a true representation of who Cliffhanger is, which is why we decided to have an eponymous title. We didn’t have any outside producer offering suggestions or telling us what to do. What you hear on the recordings is the result of 5 guys writing music true to themselves.”

The band self-produced the self-titled EP at Flashpoint Chicago and partnered with Michael Govaere (ex-Every Avenue) for mixing and mastering. In preparation for the release, they collaborated with numerous artists on additional music videos, lyric videos, and merchandise. This includes album artwork by Alexis Politz, who has worked with talented bands such as City Mouth, Sleep On It, and more.

Cliffhanger consists of Matt Meindl (vocals), Dan Rickert (guitar), Mike Centracco (guitar), Lou Pontillo (bass), and Mike Licari (drums). Their common themes are internal and external battles. They focus on confrontations that arise from growing up, coping with loss, finding self-awareness, and contending with the present political landscape. They have performed at the Vans Warped Tour, Subterranean, Beat Kitchen, and numerous sold out shows. They’ve also shared the stage with the likes of Belmont, Keep Flying, We Were Sharks, and Light Years.

Photo Credit: Sasha Strahler

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