Wollongong’s chimers, whose self-released and self-titled album of 2021 has found fans amongst the likes of Henry Rollins, Fugazi‘s Guy Picciotto, and members of The Mark Of Cain and Mudhoney, have announced a Tuesday April 11 release date for their new single “Turn On The Lights”
The single comes ahead of East Coast shows with Mudhoney and follows the band’s run of shows with the Scientists and Me First & the Gimmie Gimmies.
“Turn On The Lights” has been a staple of chimers live sets for the last intense year of shows. Recorded in the same ‘straight to tape’ session as previous single “Generator”, “Turn On The Lights” is on the more abrasive and intense side of the Chimers spectrum. Clocking in at 3 minutes 37 seconds it’s also on the longer side as opposed to the usual short sharp bursts from the duo. Don’t let it fool you though, the intensity is maintained throughout. No let up from chimers in the near future or in the present if this single is anything to go by….
A limited run of 7″ vinyl including an exclusive track will also be available from the band’s Bandcamp page and at all upcoming shows including the east coast tour with Mudhoney starting April
14. Pre-order vinyl or download the track HERE
Like many good bands chimers
are a band born of isolation – not geographically – but via the pandemic.
Irish born Padraic Skehan
and his life partner Binx
, formed the band in their Wollongong backyard during the initial lockdown of 2020. Veterans and drummers both of the ‘Gong’s vibrant garage-scene – The Pink Fits, Drop Offs, Evol and more – chimers is an altogether different beast, Padraic taking a giant leap forward by removing himself from the back seat and assuming the role of driver; singing, playing guitar and writing the songs that would eventually become their 2021 self-titled debut album.
It’s a sound and album that draws heavily on Skehan’s time as a youth in Ireland and the post-hardcore sounds of Dischord Records
, Husker Du
, The Wipers
and which has seen the band find friends and favour in like-minds The Mark Of Cain
, Henry Rollins
, Guy Picciotto
. This is no mere nostalgia though, the band instead landing at the vanguard of a new generation of Sydney and surrounds bands – Body Type
, Second Idol
, Dust, Private Wives
– borrowing from the past in order to create a future.
“Palpable urgency from chimers… the playing engulfs all in its path”
– Triple J“Visceral and urgent, this combo packs a post-punk punk”
– Gimme Gimme Gimme zine.
“I ordered the chimers LP, they’re really good!” – Henry Rollins
“One of the strongest Australian rock records of the year” – Junkee.com
“Chimers hit the more memorable end of the post hardcore sound” – Feel Presents
Although little recognised on its release, chimers is now in its fourth vinyl pressing as the duo continue to find friends and influence others as the live shows keep on mounting.