Sunday, July 22, 2018

The Chewers - the driven off a cliff industrial art punk poetry of "Downhill Calendar" needs to be in your musical library -

The Chewers are Travis Caffrey and Michael Sadler, a two piece kind of art punk outfit from the woods of West Virginia now based out of Nashville, Tennessee. Their current offering is the "concept album without a concept" called "Downhill Calendar" and the track Frankie's Downhill Calendar sits almost squarely in the middle of equally disjointed grungy kind of industrial, kind of avant garde, kind of poetry in hell, kind of musical experimentation. The aesthetic here is dark and nihilistic, squinty eyed almost spoken word diatribes set to tribalistic industrial drums and heavy jagged guitar lines. The result is something like NIN, Butthole Surfers, Jim Carroll, She Wants Revenge, The Normal and Bauhaus driven off a cliff and coalesced into this oddly super engaging sound. 

Robb Donker

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