Thursday, June 21, 2012

CD Review: Branden Daniel & The Chics Are "Flying" High With New Album

From Seattle, comes Branden Daniel & The Chics with their debut album, which at times sounds like the second-coming of the Kings of Leon. The new release entitled “Keep Em Flying” was released back in May and was produced by Bruce Duff and Grammy-Award winning producer Tom Biller (Silversun Pickups). The trio of Branden Daniel (singer/guitarist), Aaron Schroder (guitar) and Matt Winter (drums) perform with that raw, garage-rock energy that would make bands like Iggy & The Stooges and The Velvet Underground proud.

The album starts off with the California-sounding, surf-punk of “All Things Chic” as Daniel’s vocals draw similarities to Iggy Pop. The trio experiment a little with their sound on the five-minute “Missionary” as their sound travels to the underground New York club scene of the seventies. They finally find their groove on “Hey, Howie” and “Only The Heavy” with their raw, garage-rock sound. The album’s first single is the fun, punk-romp “Mor Yay,” as you find yourself singing along to the chorus. They return to the surf-punk of “Burns,” before finishing with the slow-building “Not Like Anything.”

Branden Daniel & the Chics currently have no live dates scheduled, but stay tuned to bdandthechics.tumblr.com for more information.

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