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Horror-themed punk band with grunge and new wave influences from Chicago, blending catchy hooks and harmonies with macabre lyrics.

Won't Stay Dead formed in 2017 and has been playing with the current lineup since late 2022.

WSD released their first full-length album 'Purgatory' October '21 on Don't Panic Records & Distro. In February '23 they released the '3 Hits From Purgatory' EP with We Are Horror Records. This EP featured outtakes from the "Purgatory' recording session.

The band has played all over Chicagoland, at Subterranean, Beat Kitchen, Schubas, Reggie's, Cobra Lounge, Liar's Club, and more, opening for local and national acts such as The Falcon, Teenage Bottlerocket, Blitzkid, Days N Daze, Flatfoot 56, The Dopamines, Calabrese, The Bollweevils, and Huntingtons.
WSD has played outside the Chicagoland area in Midwest cities Cleveland & Toledo, OH; Milwaukee, Madison, and Green Bay, WI; Indianapolis & Valparaiso, IN; Rockford, IL; and Grand Rapids, Lansing, & Saginaw, MI.

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Seeing them around the Chicago scene for years, first as When Flying Feels Like Falling, then Ultrahazard, before forming Won’t Stay Dead, everything here feels natural; it’s a progression you could see coming cause they’ve been hashing this stuff out for years. It’s quite an accomplishment to craft such a consistent record that matches a vision as perfectly as Purgatory does. Won’t Stay Dead is at the top of their game and I’m excited to see where things go next.


Won’t Stay Dead start slow and sultry, with clean vocals that are reminiscent of a ballad and a melody that reminds me of “A Little Piece of Heaven” by ‘Avenged Sevenfold’, slowly building from an almost proggy ballad into a kick-ass punchy punkrock track.


'Window Shopper,' by the best horror punk band in Chicago, Won't Stay Dead. [...] If you're still feeling spooky [...] or are just into great horror punk, I can highly recommend giving ['Purgatory'] a good ol' listen.

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