Four years ago, we brought legendary singer-songwriter Mark Mulcahy to Chicago’s Hideout. Two years ago, we brought Little Pete Wrigley’s favorite band, Polaris, to Lincoln Hall. Now, we’re capping off the trilogy with the one and only Miracle Legion.
Stop rubbing those eyes and start living in reality: On July 22nd, the reunited Drenched lineup of Mulcahy, lead guitarist Mr. Ray Neal, bassist Dave McCaffrey, and drummer Scott Boutier will bring their iconic brand of alternative rock to Lincoln Hall.
For the uninformed, Miracle Legion were one of the original “college rock” bands to form in the early ’80s, rising to critical acclaim with 1984’s The Backyard EP and their 1987 full-length debut, Surprise Surprise Surprise.
The band’s final release was 1996’s Portrait of a Damaged Family, which they released on Mulcahy’s own Mezzotint Records label. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, there will be a reissue surfacing April 16th for this year’s Record Store Day.
In the meantime, dive into Matt Melis’ recent oral history of the band then revisit our past reviews of Surprise Surprise Surprise and Drenched. We’ve even assembled this cozy, nostalgic roundup of videos and past performances for you: