The Honor System

The Honor System

Infobox Musical artist
Name = The Honor System
Background = group_or_band
Origin = Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genre = Punk rock
Years_active = 1999–present (hiatus)
Label = Asian Man Records
Double Zero
Grey Flight
Suburban Home
Associated_acts = Slapstick
The Broadways
The Lawrence Arms
Rise Against
Alkaline Trio
URL = [ MySpace]
Current_members = Dan Hanaway
Tyler Wiseman
Chris Carr
Rob DePaola
Past_members = Tim McIlrath
Nolan McGuire

The Honor System is a punk rock band from Chicago, Illinois which formed after the breakup of The Broadways.


The band initially consisted of ex The Broadways members Dan Hanaway and Rob DePaola, joined by Nolan McGuire and Tim McIlrath. Their first release was a 1999 demo cassette comprising the songs "Fool's Good", "Facelift" and "Single File".

Chris Carr replaced McIlrath and the band recorded and released their first full-length album "Single File" on Asian Man Records in 2000, which featured re-recordings of the demo's first 2 songs.

The band's second release, the six-song EP "100% Synthetic", was released on Double Zero Records in May 2001. Later that year, McGuire left and was replaced by Tyler Wiseman, formerly of Tuesday. []

After a couple of national tours [] , a self-titled three-song EP (limited to 1000 copies [] ) was released featuring the songs "Moving Day", "The Sound of Sinking" and "American Math" and showing a move toward a heavier sound, bolstered by the arrival of Wiseman. This was followed three months later by the band's second full-length recording, "Rise and Run", featuring re-recordings of the EP's first 2 tracks.

Shortly after "Rise and Run"'s release, the band went on hiatus when DePaola left to look after his ailing mother. [] Hanaway and Wiseman went on to form Whale|Horse with some fellow Chicago musicians; this line-up recorded some demos before Carr returned on bass (joined by ex Sweep the Leg Johnny drummer Scott Anna on drums). The new line-up recorded and released a self-produced debut EP, "Count the Electric Sheep", in 2006.

In August 2008, Solidarity Recordings, in partnership with Vinyl Collective and Suburban Home Records, issued "Single File" on vinyl for the first time, in two colours (limited to 400 and 100). [] In September, I Hate Punk Rock Records reissued "Rise and Run" in 3 colours and as a special edition featuring all 3 standard colours and 3 rare presses, limited to 5. []


While the other band formed from The Broadways' breakup, The Lawrence Arms, favour more introspective lyrics, Dan Hanaway's lyrics with The Honor System retain his socio-political perspective, covering issues including police corruption ("Nails", "The Blaming Game"), criticism of the media ("The Blaming Game", "Losing Connection", "Hz"), capitalism/anti-corporatism ("Fool's Gold", "Muffled By Concrete", "Replacement Parts", "Moving Day"), war ("Clockwork"), religion ("Witchhunt"), etc.

Musically, the band built upon The Broadways' melodic punk rock, dual guitars and non-traditional song structures, incorporating more developed instrumentation and an increasingly heavy sound, further augmented at McGuire's replacement by Wiseman. Hanaway's vocals show a continued evolution from their rougher sound on his earlier works.



* Dan Hanawayvocals, guitar
* Tyler Wiseman – guitar
* Chris Carr – bass guitar
* Rob DePaoladrums


* Tim McIlrath – bass guitar (1999)
* Nolan McGuire – guitar (1999–2001)


* Demo tape (1999)


* "Single File" (2000)
* "100% Synthetic" (2001)
* "The Honor System" (2003)
* "Rise and Run" (2003)

Compilation appearances

* "Magnetic Curses: A Chicago Punk Rock Compilation" (2000) - "Fool's Gold" (demo)
* "Living Tomorrow Today: A Benefit For Ty Cambra" (2001) - "Witchhunt" (unreleased version)

See also

Slapstick Family Tree

External links

[ The Honor System on MySpace]

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