Megaton Robotic Apple Pie
Chinaski is a literary character created by Charles Bukowski. He valued alcohol and the madmen and women of the world. He lived to create and illuminate the underbelly of Los Angeles. Disgusted with the mundane and conventional people surrounding him, he left his readers with a cleansing honesty. That honesty is reflected in the music of this band. On their newest CD 'megaton robotic apple pie', indie-rock heroes Chinaski deliver another infectious, signature album with crunchy low end guitars, interwoven bass lines, and thunderous drumming. With wide-ranging influences and qualities explained by the band as, 'the threatening crunch of Sabbath, the spring-coil tightness and groove of the Jesus Lizard, and the atmospherics of the Doors,' the band reaches far beyond the typical rock genre to a place that can only be understood through sound. The songs on the album range from the darkly jazz-inflected groove of 'There Is A Place' featuring Lomet's dramatic vocal presence, the angular and explosively blues-tinged 'Highway 61', the strummy and harmony-laden 'One More Lie', and the aggressive driving darkness and operatic fury of 'Frontline.' The lyrics hint at politics, but could also be personal. The words lining the songs are neither directive nor dogmatic. No message blares forth. And yet, it's understood. The massive low end of their sound comes from the chunky bottom of Cudahy's guitar, paired with McCoy's bass lines, and anchored by Weinstein's sinewy drumming. It's a sonic foundry of thick guitars and pounding rhythms set off by a straight-shooting lead vocal. Chinaski rocks with more power and finesse than bands twice their size and wattage, which when all is said and done, really is the bottom line. Combining the driving rhythms and guitar barrage of early 90's alternative rock with a song-writing style that falls just left of the mainstream, Chinaski has a simple approach to rock... that rock itself shouldn't be so simple. Instrumentation Bruce Lomet: Vocals & Guitar Dan Cudahy: Guitar Collyn McCoy: Bass Guitar Dave Weinstein: Drums Discography You Might Like This Better Than Me (2001) Megaton Robotic Apple Pie (2005) All Songs are now available on iTunes *Check out the video for 'Highway 61' @ MySpace.
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