Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Like previously covered Auckland, New Zealand band Surf City, Street Chant owe a lot to 80s/90s alternative rock mixtapes w/ Pixies, Nirvana, The Breeders, Sonic Youth written in black biro pen alongside some crude drawings of yin yangs or grunge rock suns. I saw them live at the start of last year and it was pretty raw, but also had a kind of early post-punk tautness which they seem to have left behind on this debut single. I'm pretty glad really, cos this bossy "hard pop" is real fun and begging to be sung/shouted along with. Street Chant 'keep it real' in a city where heaps of bands seem to fall into lame fashionability and late trendiness, it seems to fuel them really; incorporating all sorts of Auckland city bullshit, frustrations and weird trash culture into these belligerent pop anthems. Lead singer Emily has really cool t-shirts, too.
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