Houston's own classic Punk Rockers, Chelsea Hotel, have released a ripping new album, Lookin' For Tango. Today, we're putting one of our favorite Texas bands under the microscope. Join in!
Having seen Chelsea Hotel many times live I was nervous(as I am with any modern recording) that it wouldn't do the amazing live show justice. But much to my pleasure it resonates with my fond memories of their raw classic Punk set note for note.
Lookin' For Tango combines the roots of Rock 'n' Roll, with the snarl of acts like the Dead Boys, and the "play it faster" mentality of Hardcore Punk. Or as you may have seen me attempt to classify it as numerous times, Classic NY style Punk. One of the main graces of Chelsea Hotel is the superb balancing act between being tight, focused, raw, and gritty at the same time. The CD only rarely slows down, the main instance being in one of my personal favorites "TCBY", the remainder rocks its way from your speakers to your inner ear in an energetic fury.
Of course of the quality is only logical when the frontman is Robert Conn of legendary early punk, The Pagans, out of Cleveland Ohio. Check out "Her Name Was Jane", and "Six & Change" for some classic tunes.
Bottom Line: Loud guitars, Pounding drums, and rowdy vocals, swirled into a classic NY style Punk sound. For fans of Dead Boys, New York Dolls, Pagans(of course!), Dictators, and really anyone with decent taste in Punk Rock.
Grab your board, favorite beverage and head for a pool, park or something concrete to tear up 'cause this cd will.
Fast, hard and straight ahead blazing punk/rock to shred to. These guys aren't some newcomers either. Drawing influence from bands they've played in to punk rock to Motorhead the sound will do some sonic destruction to any structure. Play it while you skate and split before the dust settles.
Check your local shop or Idol Records Website
They say it's hard to capture the power of a band live in the studio, but the power of Here Holy Spain's "Manic" can only lead me to wonder how incredible they must be live.
Here Holy Spain delivers strong Post-Punk, Indie Rock with energy, and a sense of urgency that draws you in to the very fabric of the song, then pushing and pulling you along. Catchy well-crafted lyrics, sparing senseless repetition. Sonic fury with well placed accents and breaks that lead you along without falling into the usual cliched musical traps. Independent music at it's best.
Check your local record shop or go to Idol Records website