Release Date: Aug 5, 2014
Record label: King of Spades Records
Like the sci-fi warriors they always wanted to be, Chrome were a band that never seemed to fit in with the times, whatever the time happened to be; conjuring a warped vision of the future that anticipated industrial culture while also looking back to the noisy primitivism of the Stooges and the Silver Apples, Chrome were glorious misfits, aliens who could exist on this earth for decades without sounding entirely comfortable in their new home. Almost 40 years after they released their first album, Chrome thankfully still sound like interstellar oddballs armed with electric guitars and malfunctioning electronics, and 2014's Feel It Like a Scientist is a remarkably effective evocation of the sound and style of Chrome's late-'70s albums Alien Soundtracks and Half Machine Lip Moves. This new edition of Chrome does have an aural fingerprint of its own -- drummer Aleph Omega has a more organic sound than the late Damon Edge, and D.
Feel it like a scientist is Chrome's first album in 12 years but it feels like it was released right after 1979's classic Half Machine Lip Moves. So, that is to say, due to the band's sci—fi trappings and avant—garde nature, the album still sounds far ahead of its time.The classic 70's run of Chrome found founding member Damon Edge balancing his abstract, experimentations against the hard rumbling, proto—metal smashing of guitarist Helios Creed. Since Edge's 1995 passing, Creed has continued to Chrome mantle.
Last year’s rediscovery and reissue of lost Chrome material from 1979-80 was a seismic event for fans of the group. The tapes were remixed and mastered by guitarist/vocalist Helios Creed, who, along with the late Damon Edge, formed the two-man axis of this pioneering psychedelic punk group. Working with that amazing music seems to have relit Creed’s fire, as this latest instalment in the Chrome saga is remarkable.
If some enterprising scribe ever decides to pen a comprehensive history of musical mindfuckery, Chrome should get its own chapter. While at its heart a psychedelic outfit, the band – which originally revolved around the axis of late singer Damon Edge and guitarist Helios Creed – poured in pitchers of electronics, punk rock, samples (back when they were still called “found sounds”) and any kitchen sink that wasn’t nailed down, forming a planetary mass that would go on to influence industrial music, space rock, psychedelia and every other kind of outsider music that involved amplifiers and sound effects. After years of letting it rest, Creed has resurrected the Chrome name with new players, but the same attitude.