Founded in 2017 in Chicago, has developed into something of an anti-fascist punk rock family band. Founding members (Blind) Adam Gogola and Alex Simotes turned a handful of Adam’s acoustic demos into what would become the band’s self titled debut LP before playing a single show. By 2019 the band had played all over the midwest on regional tours, small festivals, and as support for Anti-Flag, Ben Nichols (Lucero), Ever Clear, Bowling for Soup, CJ Ramone, Dog Party, and more.
After several lineup changes and a 7” on Anti-Flag’s A-F Records, the band headed to Pittsburgh to record An Act of Desperation with Chris “2” Barker of Anti-Flag at the helm as producer/engineer. The plan was to release An Act of Desperation in early summer 2020 and spend the year on the road, but plans changed with Covid-19. The band quickly shifted gears to support mutual aid and survival programs, hosting a nine-week livestream series raising over $10,000 for community relief efforts. The band spent 2020 and 2021 in the streets in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter uprisings and mutual aid projects around Chicago. With the fall 2021 release of An Act of Desperation, the Federal League played a handful of shows around the midwest with bands like The Copyrights, The Dopamines, and The Eradicator. The Bouncing Souls invited the band to join their spring 2022 tour alongside Pkew Pkew Pkew, but Covid-19 cases forced both openers to cut the tour short.
After a busy fall playing DIY shows, FEST 20 in Gainesville, and a run with Anti-Flag, The Suicide Machines, We Are The Union, and The Gully Boys, the band is looking forward to a busy 2023, starting the year in Asbury Park to work on a new record with Pete Steinkopf of The Bouncing Souls.Blind Adam & The Federal League are “Blind” Adam Gogola (vocals/guitar), Alex Simotes (bass/vocals), Athen Errbter (drums), Nick Cvijovic (guitar/vocals) and Tim Schoman (Guitar/Vocals).