Chain and The Gang
In Cool Blood (KLP240)
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Are you planning to purchase the classic Chain & the Gang recording, out on K? If so, you might be wondering about Chain & the Gang's startling sound. Does it shock you? Is it frightening? Good. That's rock 'n' roll, baby. And unlike a lot of modern imposters, Chain & The Gang ain't afraid to shake you outta your Lay-Z-Boy and make you feel something a little peculiar... something hot and breathless. Fans and foes alike have lusted after Chain & the Gang recordings before, but none have ever sounded like this. The truth is, these crazed primeval sounds were captured "monaurally"-- that's "MONO", for short. Stereo babies hold tight. This is single channel rock 'n' roll --- Like you've never heard it before.
With new LP In Cool Blood, Chain & The Gang sounds like a psychotic jungle cat automobile --- not something you'd wish to take home to mother. Longtime CHAIN singer Ian Svenonius and newcomer Katie Alice Greer are a tag-team of snarling bandits--- they sure don't sound like they're looking for friends, but perhaps "Hunting for Love". On guitar is Brett Lyman, the "man of few chords". Some say he's a player who's stark, mean, and grotty. Others say he's sent more than a couple studio hacks home in tears after wailing through a wolfman's solo on a single string. He says he only plays "Certain Kinds of Trash". A nihilist on the fretboard, who knows what will happen when he finds "Something to Do". At the drum kit, FIiona Campbell is certainly "Not Interested" in anything but beating skins and screeching tire rims --- unconfirmed sources are quick to peg Campbell as ringleader in a dangerous auto-theft ring in her spare time, but these "Free Will" recordings only suggest she'd ever commit crimes In Cool Blood.