Friday, September 2, 2016

Chook Race - Around The House

Around The House, the title of the sophomore album by Melbourne's Chook Race, could suggest a casual, 'we're just fooling around in the rec room' set of songs.  And the title may have even been chosen to give that impression.  But don't be fooled -- this record is an impressive marker for a young band with a tour truck full of promise.  The trio hasn't invented anything new; jangling guitars, hooks choruses and male female vocals are a standard enough approach in their hometown and across the ditch in New Zealand.  But it is a sound that is always appreciated around When You Motor Away headquarters and, more importantly, the execution here is superb.  The instrumental performances are assured from all three members, and the songwriting stands out both melodically and lyrically.  The songs have a personal and immediate emotional quality, so the album offers a listening experience that suggests the band is directly speaking to you about the travails, uncertainties and concerns of their lives.  The song quality also is highly consistent, and the result is ten songs that you will like and want to listen to over and over.

Chook Race are Matthew Liveriadis, Carolyn Hawkins , and Rob Remedios.  Around The House is out today via Brisbane's Tenth Court in Australia and New Zealand and Japan, and Chicago's Trouble In Mind Records in the rest of the world.

Trouble In Mind's Bandcamp link for Around The House
Tenth Court's Bandcamp link for Around the House

Chook Race – 2016 Tour dates:
9.19.16 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle (FREE MONDAY w/ Clearance / Daymaker)
9.20.16 – Detroit , MI – UFO Factory
9.21.16 – Cleveland, OH – Happy Dog
9.22.16 – Philadelphia, PA – TBA
9.23.16 – Boston, MA – TBA
9.24.16 – New York, NY – Cake Shop
9.25.16 – Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool
9.26.16 – Baltimore, MD – Wind-Up Space – (w/ Sauna Youth)
9.27.16 – Winston-Salem, NC – Reanimator
9.28.16 – Atlanta, GA – 529 – (w/ Power)
9.29.16 – Memphis, TN – Goner Fest
10.5.16 – Austin, TX – Beerland
10.7.16 – Tempe, AZ – Yucca Tap Room
10.8.16 – El Centro, CA – Strangers West
10.9.16 – Los Angeles, CA – Ham & Eggs Tavern (w/ Matt Kivel)
10.10.16 – San Francisco, CA – Hemlock Tavern
10.12.16 – Seattle, WA – The Highline
10.13.16 – Portland, OR – Bunk Bar
10.15.16 – Salt Lake City, UT – Diabolical Records
10.17.16 – Lawrence, KS – Eighth Street Tap Room
10.18.16 – Minneapolis, MN – Hexagon
10.19.16 – Milwaukee, WI – Company Brewing
10.20.16 – Hammond, IN – Hubbard’s Hangout (w/ Porno Glows)

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