Chicago's Dishes have a reputation for being unusually concise even in the realm of punk rock--"to hell with a third verse, gimme gimme gimme another chorus and we're done," wrote one admirer. Like its predecessors, the Dishes' new album 3 is a truly compact disc, clocking in at just over half an hour. By the end of the first track "Got Something to Tell You," you'll have no doubt that 3 is the band's tightest, yet loosest and most confident work yet. Many of the songs were finessed during the band's first full US tour last year (on bills with the Nerves, the White Stripes, the Cherry Valence, Federation X, the Bangs, and the Pattern, among other kindred spirits).
Garage-punk legend Tim Kerr, a longtime friend to the band, produced 3, helping the band capture something more akin to a live sound in part by taking away their headphones. Bill Skibbe, perhaps best known as Shellac's soundman, engineered and mixed at his studio, Key Club. (Bonus trivia: 3 was recorded on a Flickinger console custom-built in the 70s for Sly Stone.)
Dishes frontwoman Sarah Staskauskas and guitarist Kiki Yablon have been playing together since the mid-90s. With the addition of bassist Sharon Maloy and the band's first drummer, Rick Gasparini, they for released The Dishes on their own label, No. 89, in early 2000. The CD paid for itself, and the band was named one of "100 New Bands to Watch" by Alternative Press. Opting to release 1-2 on No. 89 as well, the sophomore album charted in CMJ's Top 200 and garnered raves from Alternative Press, Magnet, Wired, Bust, Punk Planet, the Onion, the Village Voice, and the Chicago Tribune. The band has also recently contributed tracks to compilations on Kill Rock Stars and Thick Records.