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Bandmates, fans gearing up for 15 years of Lucky Boys Confusion

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  • Lucky Boys Confusion has been together for 15 years and plays a rare small venue at the Montrose Room Saturday, Feb. 25.

    Lucky Boys Confusion has been together for 15 years and plays a rare small venue at the Montrose Room Saturday, Feb. 25.
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It's been 15 years now since a handful of DuPage County teenagers, some just out of high school, formed Lucky Boys Confusion.

That's why singer Stubhy Pandav says that their shows -- like the band's upcoming Saturday appearance at the Montrose Room in Rosemont -- now have sort of a "nostalgic feeling" for die-hard Chicago-area fans. "We grew up together," Pandav says. "We were just kids when we started."

"So when we play these 21 and over shows, these kids literally grew up and had the same experiences," added Pandav, who now works in the securities industry. "So when I think certain words, I know they completely relate to them."

Those fans have had fewer chances to see Lucky Boys Confusion in the past several years as its members have turned their focuses to different projects.

For Pandav, it's Super Happy Fun Club, a band he just finished a European tour with, his first. Guitarist Adam Krier, who wrote with Pandav most of the Lucky Boys Confusion catalog, is working with AM Taxi.

Pandav says Lucky Boys Confusion is where their careers started, though, and the band still plays around eight shows a year.

"It's built off this band," he said. "That's what fueled everything."

And now, Pandav is offering a teaser to his fans. He says he's writing a song that would be the first released by Lucky Boys Confusion since 2007 -- a song that would describe and reflect the paths of its members in recent years.

"We're hoping it's going to be great and the fans love it," he said.

Pandav won't offer many more details, though.

"I have an idea. I haven't even shown it to Adam yet," he said. "But after working with him and writing with him for 10 years, I think he's going to love it."

He could show Krier at their Montrose Room show, a venue Pandav said is smaller than what the band is used to. He said they like to play smaller venues "once in a great while" to give the most passionate fans a more intimate show.

What's not clear is how long Lucky Boys Confusion -- whose members all still live in the area -- will keep playing past their 15-year anniversary.

"I didn't think we were going to make it to 15 years, so I don't think 20 years is too far," Pandav said.

"There's a lot of love there still."

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