> CHISPAS "Relax! Nothing Is Under
Control" CD (ACM008)
This excellent release by the German American
band Chispas is exactly what I needed in order to get back into
writing mode. About every third week I get tired from so much heaviness.
My ears demand rest or silence for at least two days. Else, something
quick, loud and abrasive usually does the trick. A jolt back to
the right mindframe. A shock back to the edge of my seat. Which
is exactly what Relax! Nothing is Under Control did for me. Matter
of fact, I have been on a Chispas (Spanish for sparks) kick for
four days. With no writing and zero webzine preoccupations I’ve
listened to it over and over again. And with each subsequent spin
their melodies became more obvious and the guitar lines grew as
bigger hooks. I grew fonder of their brutish nuances and invigorated
by their relentless pace. This is anarcho punk of the highest order.
It was damn near impossible to find information
about Chispas. No interviews, just a handful of reviews and no picture
of the band. All I know is that they have members living in Germany
and in the US and that they formed in 1999, toured Germany, Switzerland
and Mexico and released a few splits. Relax! Nothing is Under Control
was recorded in May 2006, issued in the same year by several labels
and then the band went kaput shortly after. Also, their MySpace
page only lists one friend.
Whatever their story is it no longer matters.
Relax! Nothing is Under Control is an excellent record. Its eighth
songs run rampant at hardcore fast speed and have a pretty melodic
angle. There are two vocalists, the female who sounds totally angry
and in your face and her male counterpart who sounds more controlled
and limited in range and balances things out nicely. At times they
spew their lines together, but mostly they trade ‘em off. The guitars
go super fast, small riffs repeated dozens of times in the span
of a couple of minutes, zero solos but occasionally a second guitar
line elevates the verses, like during “Culture Shock”. This is
the good stuff.
Chispas comes straight out of Bremen/Portland
and delivers some fast, thrashy and political fe/male punk rock
with a typical rough edge. The whole band reek of high quality and
you can tell by listening to the music; that these boys and girls
have what it takes to produce some good tracks. The music is well
composed and they manage to keep you hooked throughout the whole
record, and on top of that; the lyrics are mixed with both English
and German songs, making it a varied and interesting ride throughout
Chispas land of punk rock. They finish the record off with a crazy
track with synth distorted vocals, which really put the final touch
on the record - as a nice musical experience along with a free-thinking
band. Not afraid to play the music their own way!
Even though the music is a killer, there are some slacking tendencies
in this solid foundation. At times, my mind drifts off and I feel
that there are parts that are a bit "common". But then all of the
sudden, the Chispas spirit hits me in the face and I'm hooked as
ever again! This is good stuff indeed; melodic, varied and high
quality punk rock. Punk-Rock lovers, check this one out! / Andreas
Not Equal Zero
8 track LP from Bremens now Defunct CHISPAS...
melodical and catchy political punk with a raw and rough edge trough
the whole set as well as plenty of ideas to keep it interesting...
vocals progressed alot to their previous split LP and the female
vocals reminds me also a bit of Lost World here from time to time...
- lyrix sung in english, german... translations included and a very
non cliche gatefold sleeve... (This review is LP version, but it's
same as CD version)
WORLDやDAY BY DAY並みににベースラインを動かすとおもしろいのにね。聴くたびに、もー、お前に任せられん！
オレに弾かせろ！！ って感じがしますが・・・(笑) まぁ、それを置いといても、いいバンドに変わりありません。あまりLPが日本に入ってこなかったような気がするので