Cliffhanger - Chicago - 07.28.17

Words & Photos by Brandon Phipps

Cliffhanger is a pop-punk group out of the West suburbs of Chicago that’s been on the scene since 2012 but is kicking it into overdrive in 2017. After playing Warped tour in 2015 they added singer Evan West to their lineup and this year released the super catchy single “Barbed Wire Bat” with an accompanying music video. Cliffhanger reminds listeners why they got into pop-punk in the first place, writing sharp lyrics over sweet melodies.

Although they were playing a small club on the Southwest side of Chicago, they brought the energy needed to move thousands of people. Their drummer, Mike Licari, is an absolute powerhouse that shines through from the back and makes sure the set is always in motion. West even jumped into the crowd at one point to join the front row in jumping along to the song. These guys put on an excellent show and we’re excited for the EP that is in motion with their new lineup, due out this year.