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A Poor Substitute
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A Poor Substitute has a unique sound that will grab your attention. View clips from Lexfest, 2004.
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Formerly known as The All American Rejects, A Poor Substitute - Mike Neergaard (guitar/vocals), Inaiah Lujan (bass/lead vocal/guitar) and Nick Emery (drums) - began their musical journey at the turn of the 21st century with their full-length CD debut release, The White Album: a ten-track collection of melodic sing-along anthems about teen-angst, rebellion and relationships in the shape of punk to come. By the time of their 2001 sophomore effort — appropriately entitled The Black Album — bassist Rory Freidenberger had joined the fray to add the fourth crucial element to the current line-up.
With The Black Album, A Poor Substitute proved itself nearly limitless in both musical directions as well as their ability to speak their minds. Walking the line between genres and styles, including elements of ska, hardcore, and experimental instrumental rock, The Black Album is ultimately about growing up, ‘falling down,’ losing friends, and the bands disagreements with current religious, educational and political systems.
The band’s next release, 2002's Permanent Discomfort, once again broke boundaries. Musically, emotionally and even physically this album proved that all bets were off. With its overriding themes of anger and frustration, Permanent Discomfort might seem, at a glance, to be an almost nihilistic condemnation of life. However, upon a more careful examination of its lyrics and metaphors, it is instead an album of hope; death and rebirth… an end followed by a new beginning.
On the heels of producing such an emotionally fraught album, unsurprisingly there came struggles for both A Poor Substitute as well as its individual members. The most dramatic was for Inaiah Lujan, who was diagnosed with ulcerative Colitis in April 2002. After fighting the condition for well over a year he was ultimately hospitalised in Arizona, unable to walk or even eat. Three major surgeries later, Lujan found himself truly fighting the ultimate battle between life and death.
Although weak and in critical condition, Lujan used the time to begin writing songs about letting go; having faith in something greater and the celebration of a greater sense of self. Eventually, these efforts helped lead the way to a full recovery, as well as the material for A Poor Substitutes’ 2003 release, The Battle Between Good and Ego.
Now, with nearly constant gigging, A Poor Substitute has developed an ever-growing and intensely loyal fan-base. The band continues to blow both audience’s minds and the roofs off every place they play. Pouring their hearts into every performance and refusing to acknowledge a separation between fan and musician, themselves or the crowd, A Poor Substitute see each individual as a crucial part of a whole – participants in a sacred ritual…. Is everybody in? The ceremony is about to begin.
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