The Lawrence Arms photographed by Ben Pier
Chicago‚??s Lawrence Arms are a gritty but clever punk rock three–piece that trace their beginnings back to 1999. Their involvement in bands and the punk scene goes back many years prior however, as the members were involved in Windy City mainstays Slapstick, The Broadways, and Baxter. The band takes it‚??s name from a run–down building the members resided in called the Lawrence Arms, which was located in a very lower–class area of uptown Chicago. For the record, they were eventually evicted from the place in the middle of the night.

After a couple releases on Asian Man Records, The Lawrence Arms chose to work with Fat Wreck Chords from among several interested labels and released Apathy and Exhaustion in early 2002.
Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds

Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds

Colossal

Colossal

Smoking Popes

Smoking Popes

Sundowner

Sundowner

The Falcon

The Falcon

Baxter

Baxter

Slapstick

Slapstick

The Broadways

The Broadways

The Falcon

The Falcon

The Lawrence Arms

The Lawrence Arms

The Lawrence Arms

The Lawrence Arms (Video) - Part 1

The Lawrence Arms

The Lawrence Arms (Video) - Part 2

The Lawrence Arms

Chris McCaughan of Sundowner/the Lawrence Arms

The Lawrence Arms

Chris McCaughan (Sundowner, The Lawrence Arms)

The Lawrence Arms

Brendan Kelly (Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds / The Lawrence Arms)

The Lawrence Arms

Chris McCaughan (Sundowner, The Lawrence Arms)

The Lawrence Arms

Brendan Kelly