ARTIST: Chain Of Flowers
RELEASE: Chain Of Flowers
RELEASE DATE: 16/10/15
RECORD COMPANY: ALTER / Swine Language
Emerging from the murk and dirt of their Cardiff city home, Chain Of Flowers have revealed their long-awaited self titled debut album. Recorded at Monnow Valley Studios in Wales, Chain Of Flowers is a dense eight-track opus of heavy shoegaze sonics and urgent post-punk. The six-piece sowed their seeds through the release of six songs over the past three years (via the band’s own Swine Language tape label), cutting their teeth on dates alongside Iceage, Cremation Lily, The Fall, The Smear, Shallow Sanction, Eagulls, Nothing and more before decamping to Monnow Valley for the four-day session that spawned their debut LP.
Opening track ‘Nail Me To Your Cross’ explodes into the musical ether like a reverberating animal with its thundering drum pattern, growling guitars & twin vocal arrangements! There’s a a definite post-punk inspired undercurrent coursing through ‘Chain Of Flowers’ thats refreshing to this listener & when its intertwined with swirls of shoegaze & full on alternative rock. Track 2 ‘Crisis’ spares no one as it scythes through musical frequencies with reckless abandon & in turn leaves you wanting more. Theres a hint of rebellion in the lyrical content of ‘Deaths Got A Hold On Me’. It circles like a bird of prey and then pummels your senses over & over again with its screaming guitars, pounding drums & impressive vocal arrangement. The opening salvo’s of track 4 – ‘Glimmers Of Joy’ swims in shimmering reverb. This track leans to the side of shoegaze but there’s that ever present post-punk element courtesy of the vocal arrangement that has me transfixed. Its bloody marvellous. Musically Im hearing hints of ‘Ringo Deathstarr’, ‘Swervedriver’ & ‘Spectres’ too. A musical melting pot! Up next, ‘Bury My Love’ is simply amazing. Theres so many influences streaming through this track that I could spend my days listing the bands that Im hearing. You really need to listen to it. Track 6, ‘Colour/Blind’ is the stand out track on this release for me. It builds & builds from its opening notes with a repetitive guitar line holding the track together as the instrumentation peaks & drops throughout verse & chorus with explosive aplomb. The vocals seem to swim in amongst the maelstrom of sound-waves. Truly immense! Track 7 – ‘Follow’ leads you into a false sense of security with its softly softly opening arrangement. But don’t be fooled. This track explodes into the musical atmosphere with swirling guitars, pounding drums & another amazing vocal performance that somehow glues everything together as it speeds toward its closing 40 seconds of synth swells, piano stabs & feedback. The closing track on this debut release from Cardiff based ‘Chain Of Flowers’ has psychedelic shoegazing stamped all over it. Vocals swirl in amongst hazy guitars and crashing cymbals whilst ‘Drained’ breaks into quiet chorus reflection before building into something explosively magical. A stunning track to finish a stunning debut release. I’ll be coming back to this one again & again.
The album is available on Vinyl, Tape & Digital Download right now from the bands bandcamp page: www.chainofflowers-alter.bandcamp.com
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Del Chaney has spent the last three years not only fronting popular Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze Dream Pop Post-Punk & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog – The Primal Music Blog. His other arm – Primal Radio – has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.