February 2017
Bickhamstock show at Double Door on Friday Feb 17 playing along with Little Boy Jr, Coyote Riot, Railyway Gamblers, PM Buys - see you there!
Final mix touches happening soon for our next lp - can't wait 'til you guys hear it
Listen to and watch some videos from The Safes on WGN Radio's "Live from Studio 435" on Justin Kaufmann's The Download show right here

January 2017
Just tracked some french horn and trumpet for the next album - sounding cool!
Radio, Radio -
Monday Jan 9 @ 10pm CST tune into WGN Radio to hear The Safes on The Download with Justin Kaufmann!
Come out to Township on Sat. Jan 14 for a great Early, all-ages show with our friends The Differents, The Hustle, and Ex Okays; doors 3pm, $8

December 2016
Shooting footage for animated music video for "Hometown" off of our upcoming album

November 2016
TV - TV - TV - TV --
Wed Nov 23 at 8:45am (CST) tune into Fox Morning News to hear The Safes play live the morning of Friendsgiving!

On Friday Nov. 18 at 5pm, tune your radio dial to the Razor and Die show on Chicago's WLUW to hear The Safes talk with Di and Razor about Friendsgiving,
spin a new cover song we recorded and tracks off White Mystery and Flesh Panthers new albums!

Thanksgiving Eve. Friendsgiving: White Mystery // The Safes // Flesh Panthers // Master of Ceremony, comedian Bill Bullock
@ 1st Ward (2033 W North Ave) on Wed. Nov 23
Ages 18 and over! FUN

October 2016
DJ James VanOsdol and longtime supporter of The Safes spun "I Would Love To" on his 101 WKQX Demo312 show, thanks James!

September 2016
Don't miss this show - Friday Sept. 30 @ Township with The Differents, Baltimore's PLURALS, and The Laureates!
9pm - $8 Talk about a steal!

Did you read John Borack's review in Goldmine Magazine re:
"One of the cooler things about being a music buff is discovering a band that’s flown under your radar for many years. Such is the case with me and The Safes, a Chicago-area combo led by the O’Malley brothers – Frankie, Michael and Patrick – that has drawn comparisons to Guided by Voices, The Apples In Stereo, Brendan Benson, Fountains of Wayne and even the Kinks. I’ve been listening to their 2014 release,Record Heat, and it’s a short (barely 25 minutes) 10-song effort that can be seen – and heard – as some sort of amalgamation of all the above comparisons, with a garagey swagger and super-sweet lead vocals (courtesy of Frankie, I believe) that are a bit reminiscent of The Singles’ Vince Frederick. “I Would Love To” and “Know it All” are both power poppin’ sureshots, and The Safes deftly avoid any of the clichés often inherent in the genre. Check out their 2006 effortWell Well Wellas well; 10 more cool ditties with sharp hooks and some great song titles: “Cool Sounds are Here Again” and “Phone Book Full of Phonies.”

August 2016
Windy City shows in September with our friends from home, Philly & Baltimore! Can't wait! First one is Friday Sept. 9 @ Liars Club with our bros Red Lions and The People!

July 2016
Did you see that placement with The Safes "Youth Cult" and Quiksilver? Radical

June 2016
Still waters run deep...

March 2016
Making more recording process and Chicago be on the lookout for shows soon

January 2016
Tracking, tracking, tracking, tracking, tracking summer songs in the middle of winter - it does a body good
Photo shoot late last month was truly special - family style, be on the lookout.

December 2015
10 new recordings in the can in 2 days with the boys in the band and Brian Deck at the console

November 2015
Thanksgiving Eve Nov 25 at Livewire Lounge ( 3994 N. Milwaukee Ave ) - Don't miss it!
The Regals will open the show, Red Plastic Buddha will perform second, The Differents third and The Safes play last

More rehearsals and preproduction happening before we head into the studio to record another new one

September 2015

Finished mixing one album Sept 18; started practicing for next lp with the boys Sept. 19.

My oh my, how have you been? The SAFES are playing a fun weekend of shows with our pals Thee Lexington Arrows and Red Lions Oct. 2 & Oct. 3
See you there

November 2014

Thanksgiving Eve 2014 - with our friends The Differents kicking off the show and Back Alley Riot closing it shut! See You there.
Wed Nov 26 at Livewire Lounge
3394 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60641

Check out this fun feature Pollstar interview by Jay Smith with Frankie talking about whats cooking

Thanks Magnet Magazine for the spotlight on "Hopes Up, Guard Down" on MP3 At 3PM
"Chicago power trio The SAFES, who pump out some of the best garage rock the music world has seen.
Latest single “Hopes Up, Guard Down” is fun and crazy, constantly spinning and whirling in a frenzy of psychedelic garage pop."

Terry Flamm reviewed "Record Heat" on Broken Hearted Toy

October 2014

Pollstar kindly highlighted Willie Nelson performing at the White House,
Grateful Dead dudes at the World Series in San Fran,
and The SAFES new music video

Yahoo! Music premiered The SAFES "I Would Love To" music video directed by Mickey Mangan on Oct. 20. You have to watch it!
YahooMusic.com by Wendy Geller
"Chicago-based power-pop band the Safes have just released a new album, Record Heat,
and to mark the occasion they’ve decided to release an anthemic new video for single “I Would Love To”
— one that shows off just how dedicated (and widespread!) their global fan base is.

Yahoo Music is excited to premiere the very first look at the innovative clip, which depicts fans of the band throughout the world
– in their home countries (15 represented), and in their native languages (12 represented). Talk about international appeal!
If you’d like to catch the Safes on tour in your town, they’re rolling through the Northeast all November. Check below for Fall tour dates.
11/10 Cleveland, OH @ Pats In The Flats
11/11 Pittsburgh, PA @ Howlers
11/12 State College, PA @ Darkhorse
11/13 Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb's
11/14 Boston, MA @ PAs
11/15 Portland, ME @ Bayside Bowl
11/16 Providence, RI @ The Parlour
11/17 New York, NY @ Pianos
11/18 New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine
11/19 New London, CT @ Oasis
11/20 Annapolis, MD @ The Metropolitan
11/21 Baltimore, MD @ Sidebar
11/22 Bowling Green, OH @ Howard's Club H
11/26 Chicago, IL @ Livewire Lounge


Sign up to be a Daytrotter member to hear our Record Heat Session Listen to "Hopes Up, Guard Down" right here

Thanks to Nic Harcourt for spinning "Hopes Up, Guard Down" on his Connections radio show!

Be on the look any day now for the release of the "I Would Love To" music video directed by Mickey Mangan. So awesome!
Thanks to Mickey Mangan, Giovanni Bucci, Siobhan and all our fans across the globe for being part of something we're very proud of - you rule!

Check out the Shows page for our upcoming east coast tour! Can't wait to see your lovely faces again!

August 2014
Had a blast recording a Daytrotter session last weekend! Session will be posted soon
Working on finishing up LP4 - LOOKOUT!

May 2014
Buy Record Heat on CD or 12 inch white vinyl here or on Bandcamp here
Popmatters premiered The SAFES - Record Heat. Stream it in it's entirety here! While listening you can read stories of each song written by Frankie O'Malley!
Be on the lookout for the official music video for The SAFES - "I Would Love To" directed by Mickey Mangan to be premiered soon! It's incredible.
Thanks to Mickey and everyone that contributed to make a truly global video.
Watch a video of The SAFES tracking and mixing Record Heat in Detroit with Jim Diamond, Jason Ward in Benton Harbor, MI @ KeyClub Recording and at StudiO'Malley.
Can't wait to see you all on the road!

April 2014
The SAFES Record Heat will be going for adds on radio on April 22 - tune into your favorite radio stations and request The SAFES!
Thanks to Eric Davidson of CMJ for the video premiere of The SAFES 'Hopes Up, Guard Down"on Monday April 7 directed by our friend Mike Hindert.
"Chicago’s modern rock musical rep rests primarily on Touch & Go’s long post-rock legacy, and deservedly so. But since the late-70s, the Windy City has also been a consistent fount of solid power pop, from the big bang of Cheap Trick to awesome also-rans like Epicycle and the Vacant Lot, regional warhorses like the Elvis Brothers.
The Safes have continued along that line for a few years now. A trio of brothers (Frankie, Patrick and Michael O’Malley), they credit their dad with having a home full of cool classic rock records, and they smelt loads of exhumed ’60s garage and pop goodness into their bright sound. Their third full-length, Record Heat—recorded by Jim Diamond (White Stripes, The Sonics), Jason Ward (Arcade Fire) and Patrick O’Malley—will be out April 29 on Wee Rock Records, and we’ve got a video premiere for the single, Hopes Up, Guard Down, right here. Let’s just say the motorcycle bandit who zooms through this mini-movie is no chicken."

On Tuesday April 29, Wee Rock Records brings you The SAFES new LP Record Heat
Available in White-hot 12 Inch vinyl LPs, compact discs, and digital varieties
Come pick up your copy at one of these fine shows - we're looking forward to seeing you all

Here are some stills from The SAFES upcoming music video directed by Mike Hindert of The Bravery; look for a premiere in early April!




March 2014
Follow The SAFES on Instagram

On Saturday, March 22nd we spent an afternoon at the wonderful Bucci Studios with the talented and gracious Giovanni Bucci; we surrounded by his striking sculptures, vivid paintings and other artwork during the filming some of the "I Would Love To" video with director Mickey Mangan. More info, photographs, and the epic video currently being filmed all across the globe by rad people.

February 2014
Just approved our test pressing for the new album which should be coming out in the spring. Can't wait for everyone to hear it!

January 2014
Recorded some cello with Jax and violo with Patrick Mangan on "The Rest of My Life" and "Open Your Eyes", respectively, today @ Studiomalley

November 2013
Hey STL come on out to the Heavy Anchor on Sat. Nov 23 and make sure to buy Scott too many drinks than he can drink for his birthday.
We'll be playing with our friends Thee Fine Lines and the Cripplers. Not to be missed!

Speaking of killer shows, we'll be celebrating the release of our new EP at our 10th annual Thanksgiving Eve show at the Empty Bottle with 3 of our favorite bands;
Jet W. Lee will be tearing it up first, second on the bill will be the force of nature known as the Phenoms, then us O'Malley boys, and closing out the night will be the heavy soul sounds of The Differents.

We've got some fun radio interviews coming up too! First we'll be back to talk to Hex and Jeannie on WLUW's Radio One on Thursday Nov 21 around 6/6:30pm.
Then we'll be heading back into Vocalo's studio to talk to our pal Jesse Menedez on Monday November 25 at 7pm.

Read an interview just did with Eric from The Total Scene

October 2013
Watch the current season of Roadtrip Nation on PBS or here it rules. Live life like you wanna live, Away We Go and more
Shows coming up in STL and TGE in Chicago

September 2013
"Live Life Like You Wanna Live" video!
Wanna see Frankie recording vocals on "Good Is Gold" at the Key Club Recording studio in Benton Harbor, MI
rock'nroll alert. Sept. 27 @ The Burlington with The Dead On and One Wing Low

August 2013
Did you guys get those downloads? Sharing is caring folks
Check out the video of us recording "Change The Game"
Be on the lookout for some new songs on our new EP Thanks To You!

"Live Life Like You Wanna Live"
"Change The Game"
"Good Is Gold
Going into Joyride Studio to master some new tracks with Blaise Barton

May 2013
Come on out to Beat Kitchen for The Differents "Christley Block" cd release show on Friday June 14th; pick up the album - its magically delicious!
The show will be primo too with Phil Angotti starting things off, The SAFES, The Differents, and to close it out The Handcuffs

Check out The SAFES MTV Artist page

February 2013
Hear The SAFES "Everybody in the World" on the "Running Down the Dream" episode of Cougar Town (TBS) on Tuesday Feb. 5
You can also check out this episode of Generator Rex (Cartoon Network) to hear The SAFES "Sing Along"
Please see us/hear us perform "It's True" live on WGN Midday News with a few special members of our clan

January 2013
Friday January 4th at Schubas Don't miss a killer rock'n'roll show with Warm Ones, The SAFES, and Penthouse Sweets
The Sweets will be releasing their new full-length "It's Fine. It's Fine. It's Fine." We highly recommend picking one up at the show!

Also earlier on Friday January 4th, tune into WGN's Midday Newscast (11am-1pm) to hear The SAFES perform "It's True" live on the tube/screen

December 2012

Check out the theme song The SAFES wrote for Katatomic Labs right here! Be sure to cross some things off your Christmas list
by picking up some of the fine creations from Katatomic Labs where everday is fun, fun, fun!

Triple B Show - Birthday Benefit Bash
December 15, 2012 @ Quenchers (Fullerton & Western)
A special benefit concert for Autism Speaks and Music Cares while celebrating Thomas Durkin's B-Day!

In addition to The Differents, The SAFES, and Hushdrops performing, there will be a silent auction with music memorabilia and other fun
stuff, including autographed music goodies from Big Star, Material Issue, another item from Game Theory... There will be a raffle.
If you'd like to be part of that, please bring cash. Silent auction interested parties might want to bring their checkbooks.

Tune into CRC fm Castlebar County Mayo, Ireland on December 6, 2012 CST to hear Johnny Oosten interview The SAFES.
The boys would like to thank CRC and Johnny for playing our new single!

Thanks so much to all of you that came out to our Thanksgiving Eve show and to Jesse @ Vocalo,
Hex and Jeannie on WLUW, and Fearless Radio for having us on

November 2012

Come on out to Township (2200 California) for The SAFES annual Thanksgiving Eve show Nov. 21st
to hear/see The SAFES, Decoy Prayer Meeting and The Dead On.
The SAFES will be releasing our new single Century of Saturdays that evening.

Listen to our interview on Vocalo with Jesse Menendez from November 19, 2012

Fearless Radio

Tune into WLUW's Radio One show with Hex and Jeannie on November 15, 2012

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