Chain and the Gang’s ethos is best summed up in one particular line that pops up about 10 minutes into their new album In Cool Blood: “I don’t believe in free love/ All those kisses and hugs.” It’s not just the anti-romance that registers, but the fact that “free love” is still considered a cultural scourge. As per usual, multifarious author/singer/scenester/DJ Ian Svenonius and a loose band of collaborators penetrate late-’60s rock clichÃ©s with a “know your enemy” philosophy, perverting and subverting them into undeniably catchy retro rock where the sarcasm is as thick as the distorted riffs. Not for nothing is In Cool Blood‘s centerpiece called “I’m Not Interested (In Being Interested),” and split up into two songs — it’s just another self-referential display of CATG’s simultaneous impulses of ambition and deconstruction.
By Tobi Vail on 08.09.12 in Interviews
I first met Ian Svenonius in 1989 after The Go Team (my band with Calvin Johnson and Billy Karren) played the venue DC Space. It was my first extensive U.S. tour and I was searching for comrades and co-conspirators. Ian...
By Lindsay Zoladz on 03.23.12 in Spotlights
File under: Spirited, scrappy back-to-basics punk and indie rock Flagship acts: Coasting, The Golden Awesome, Talk Normal, Tyvek, Hysterics Based in: Portland, Oregon In a moment when the word "indie" is little more...
By Gillian G. Gaar on 11.26.14 in Features
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By Wondering Sound Staff on 08.22.14 in News
Despite the cosmic indicator in its title, the Pine Hill Haints’ latest track hits hard as down-home rather than out of this world. Since 1998 the Alabama quartet has been making self-proclaimed “ghost music” (that is, g...