Brothers Frankie, Patrick, and Michael O'Malley are The SAFES. Growing up, these sons of Irish immigrants were surrounded by music. Their father, a working musician, record collector and all around music lover filled the house with live sounds, great records (Little Richard, Magic Sam, & Hank Williams...) and an array of musical instruments. This environment ultimately led to the development of this very special band. The SAFES have that unique chemistry that comes when talented siblings form a band (think Kinks, AC/DC, Everly Brothers, Beach Boys). This chemistry fuels The SAFES' records as well as their live shows.
Touring coast-to-coast since 2003 performing in over 100 cities in 35 states so far, The SAFES have established large, loyal fanbases across the country on the strength of their live show which is a sweaty explosion of energy and melody. The SAFES have also shared the stage with such notable acts as Andrew Bird, The Smoking Popes, members of Wilco and The Raconteurs to name a few as well as having worked with some top record producers like Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, The Shins), Keith Cleversley (Flaming Lips), Jim Diamond (White Stripes), and Jason Ward (Arcade Fire).
The quality of their releases have also brought The SAFES national recognition "Sight of all Light", “Well, Well, Well” and "Boogie Woogie Rumble" and "Family Jewels" have received favorable press in such notable publications as Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Paste Magazine, Kansas City Star... Those releases have also led to extensive airplay and live performances on college and community radio stations across the US such as WFMU, WLUW, KHDX, WMBR, among hundreds of others and along with powerhouses WXRT, KROQ, WFNX, and WLUP.
-David Fricke, Rolling Stone
“The trio has built a large following in their native Chicago with infectious, guitar-driven power pop. Fueled by a strong family chemistry, The Safes make smart, melodic music that would fit comfortably with Elephant Six bands like Olivia Tremor Control, Neutral Milk Hotel and Elf Power.”
"Old-fashioned, fuzzed-out power pop"
"As long as massive hooks, power chords, singalong choruses, and sweet brotherly harmonies ring out over boomboxes and iPod earbuds, there will always be an exalted place for songs like these."
-Andy Whitman, Paste Magazine
"“A spitfire band of Irish brothers who are Chicago’s answer to The Kinks. They have mastered the ground between garage rock snarl and explosive power
pop with a handful of nationally acclaimed records and a raucous, buzzed about live show. It’s a big, thrilling sound built to bore into your head, and stick there. ”
-Chris March, New Haven Register
"Chicago power-pop band-- centered around a trio of multi-instrumentalist brothers-- craft well-executed songs.”
-Nate Patrin, Pitchfork
"'Well, Well, Well' marks a move away from The SAFES' grittier beginnings and toward the more melodic pop sensibility favored by the likes of Fountains of Wayne and The Raconteurs' Brendan Benson"
-Jonathan Perry, Boston Globe
"Wild and crazy, family style"
"Chicago's The Safes are out to conquer America the old-fashioned way — one city at a time. This trio of brothers channels the raw energy of '60s-style soul through modern power-pop song structures, with tunes built on fiery riffs and fierce hooks. The Safes' sweat-inducing live shows earn rave reviews, but their efforts in the studio are also inspiring."
-Brian Lee, Hartford Courant
"The SAFES makes sugary pop-rock that seems like it would fit right in on mainstream radio."
-TimeOut New York
”… garage-kissed powerpop”
-Bill Picture, San Francisco Chronicle
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