by Walter Price
This band came to my attention in a surreal modern take on irony. Chainflower is a serious kick in the teeth LA outfit with a two track introduction. Helmed by Kelly Wheeler and Erika Renee who have credible music credits but their names escape my inner encyclopedia, it happens.
The history of sounds comparisons of the harder side of alt rock is all too easy and this is really a good thing. The blues rock revival can take a back seat for a sec to some hard hitting music exampled by the first of their bluesy like two-tracker, “The Fever”. It powers in shadows of ’94-’99 and I dig that angle. The vocals of Renee duly howl and twist my comforts à la Sandra Nasic. But I would hazard to say this is Wheeler’s brain child. The guitar work is solid festival rock n’ roll and delights in and knows its place. And it truly grabs you by the cojones and holds firm throughout.
When a band is trying to find their place this is a fine example on how to get it started.
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