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A guide from Dunedin – THE CHILLS: Snow Bound (Fire Recordings, 2018)

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“The latest postcard from The Chills’ epic journey is an album about“consolidation, re-grouping, acceptance and mortality,” claims the chief Chill.“Hopefully a kind of Carole King ‘Tapestry’ for ageing punks.” 
Wow! Are rock bands allowed to grow old gracefully and assess the world’s and their shortcomings in the process? Is it possible to swerve the obvious and make something that’s bittersweet in tone but harmonious on the ear? Of course it is.
On ‘Snow Bound’ lost heroes are lamented, relationships are re-evaluated, atonement is sought, mortality is mulled over and fake news is undercut. It’s serious stuff, the thoughts of a dysfunctional 50-something wrestling with maturity and discovering that their post-punk DIY beliefs still have a real voice that resonates between the fans of their early years and which can now pass down to the next generation. 
Casting our minds back The Guardian mused, “They sound almost like the musical embodiment of autumn,” when confronted with ‘Silver Bullets’. Three years on, ‘Snow Bound’ nestles heartily in its own winter of discontent. And all this with a humalong melodic verve, Phillipps’ gift for the tempered dalliance of verse and chorus and those gorgeous euphoric organ fills. Lead tracks ‘Complex’ and ‘Lord Of All I Survey’ recall R.E.M, Go-Betweens and Guided By Voices” (Press)

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21 octubre, 2018 Posted by | The Chills | Deja un comentario

Postcards – THE CHILLS: Scarred (Single, Fire, 2018)

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“The latest postcard from The Chills’ epic journey is an album about “consolidation, re-grouping, acceptance and mortality,” claims the chief Chill.“Hopefully a kind of Carole King ‘Tapestry’ for ageing punks.
On ‘Snow Bound’ lost heroes are lamented, relationships are re-evaluated, atonement is sought, mortality is mulled over and fake news is undercut. It’s serious stuff, the thoughts of a dysfunctional 50-something wrestling with maturity and discovering that their post-punk DIY beliefs still have a real voice that resonates between the fans of their early years and which can now pass down to the next generation”
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29 agosto, 2018 Posted by | The Chills, Uncategorized | Deja un comentario

The Chills: When the poor can reach the moon (Fire Records, 2015)

Precioso tema con el que The Chills volvieron a ofrecernos un momento glorioso de puro Pop, capaz de, como se dice en la crítica, competir con el espíritu de Shinny Happy People.

‘When The Poor…’ is more just than an ode to the wonderment of reaching the moon, the Chills deliver up a plea on behalf of the displaced and disillusioned the world over, in a wryly observed Christmas commentary for our times…and it’s that rare thing, an insightful pop anthem with intelligence, heart and soul.
A triumphant return to the ‘Heavenly Pop Hit’ glory days with a hook to rival ‘Shiny Happy People’.
The Chills are: Martin Phillipps (Guitar/Vox), James Dickson (Bass/Backing Vocals), Todd Knudson (Drums/Backing Vocals), Erica Stichbury (Violin/Backing Vocals) and Oli Wilson (Keyboards/Backing Vocals).
“After three decades of near-misses and dark alleys, Phillipps has finally embraced his role as king of the underdogs. On Silver Bullets, he fights back the only way he knows how: with beauty.” (Pitchfork)

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8 marzo, 2016 Posted by | The Chills | Deja un comentario

   

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