Emerging from underground venues in Chicago’s Northwest side, NE-HI made its name on both its live energy and cleverly wrought guitar anthems. On its second album Offers (Grand Jury), out Februrary 24th, the band takes those basement-forged instincts and refines them, lets its guitars explore new angles, and focuses its songwriting. The result shows there are a wide range of post-punk possibilities yet to be explored. It all started at Animal Kingdom, a flash-in-the-pan DIY basement in Chicago’s Logan Square. NE-HI’s more ambitious sound and heady arrangements broke away from garage rock’s back-to-basic’s approach.