Reviews Chain Whip Chain Whip

Chain Whip

Chain Whip

There’s angry music that’s angry in tone, and there’s angry by trope. Chain Whip is just plum angry. When Josh shouts, the first instinct is to take a step back and watch for spit. It’s blunt, brutal and literally in your face. 

This EP rips through 5 songs in 6 minutes. While it’s all short, fast, and loud, it’s also diverse enough that each song has its own vibe and hook. “Self-Destruct” is classic fiery hardcore, “Overstimulated” is a fist-in-the air circle pit, “Let’s Bomb East Van” thrives on vocal tradeoffs over a relentless beat and heavy cymbal crashes, “6 Day Weekend” is a working class anthem, and “How Many Chances/These Eyes” barrels and pummels.

This has strong shades of 1980s hardcore, but with crisper sound and more refined songwriting. The vocals call to mind shout-out Circle Jerks rage and confrontational Fear aggression at times but it’s really a sum of many influences over the years. Featuring members of FashionismCorner Boys, and Nervous Talk, it pays direct homage to the classics but with modern sensibility. It’s pure, emotional and cathartic, though the ruthless pounding rhythms make it best suited for angry moods than for the everyday rotation.

7.7 / 10Loren
Advertisement
KFAI - Roar of the Underground
Leave a comment

Dirt Cult

2018

7.7 / 10

7.7 / 10

Share this content
Advertisement
KFAI - Root Of All Evil
Recent reviews

Pandemix

In Condemnation

8.9 / 10 Pandemix  - In Condemnation album cover

Pandemix are new to me, and they’re difficult to sum up in just a few words. That’s a complement. It’s punk by genre, but a few subgenre adjectives aren’t going ...

Cliff and Ivy

American Saints

4.5 / 10 Cliff and Ivy - American Saints album cover

Every now and then I come home from the supermarket and think to myself, while unpacking: I should not have gone there while being hungry. It is empirically proven that ...

Spirit Adrift

Divided By Darkness

9.0 / 10 Spirit Adrift - Divided By Darkness album cover

Spirit Adrift may have only been a band for five years or so, yet their output has been consistent (Divided by Darkness is their third full length since 2016) and it’s ...

x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.