CHALAQUE ‘SWITCHING CENTER’ LP (ROWF 44)

by Golden Lab Records

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Ltd to 100 copies – OUT 12th MAY 2014
W/ SILK SCREENED ART COVERS
BY DYLAN HUGHES

SOLD OUT

Brand new, super-limited LP from Nick M’s free-rock psychedelic R&B burnout project CHALAQUE. With bass player Eric Hardiman permanently back in the US, the new version of the group features Dylan Hughes (Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura) slotting into the role while longtime collaborator Pascal Nichols (Part Wild Horses Mane on Both Sides) maintains his seat at the drums. This line-up, recorded to mobile phone, explores the nuances of endless, ecstatic crescendo, with blissed, slapdash, major scale solos skating across a sheet of 500-mph sunshine rhythmic chaos. 

Chalaque review blurt:

“Chalaque began life as a solo project but by Sounds From The Other Ideology they have morphed into a power trio with all the controls set to max, matching Mitchell’s explosive, non-stop soloing style with a stream-rolling rhythm section that works free statements of time into the kind of stupor inducing velocities of a Mötorhead or a Harry Pussy. The rhythm section consists of drummer Pascal Nichols, who plays in Manchester’s Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides, and bassist Eric Hardiman, a member of Albany, New York guitar orchestra Burnt Hills… Together they create the kind of genre-devouring force that you always wished Last Exit could’ve more effectively harnessed, hallucinating a solid steel pulse by never definitively stating it, with the kind of sleight of hand a dream team Ronald Shannon Jackson/Yasushi Ozawa of Fushitsusha hook-up might have had.” David Keenan, The Wire

“Crazed, solo avant-improv ny the UK’s Nick Mitchell, recorded live at the Burnt Hills HQ in Albany in upstate New York. A notorious nest of cheeb and homemade pizzas, the Helderberg house is well-known to musicians around the globe. But not too many recordings have emanated from there, because the players are usually so thoroughly wasted by the time they start playing that things go awry. Chalaque have no qualms about this. What gumption!” Byron Coley, The Wire

“At a recent Mainliner gig, it occurred to me that Makoto Kawabata’s guitar solos are something like a Rorschach test for the ears: amorphous and allusive, they seem to invite the listener to discern whatever they want. There’s something of that, too, in Nick Mitchell’s endless in the red guitar soloing in these two lengthy live jams.A splash of Hendrix’s “Star Spangled Banner”, a flash of “Like A Hurricane”-era Neil Young, even a dash of the proto-fusion jazz rock of Larry Coryell’s “The Jam With Albert” are all briefly heard before Mitchell discards them and barges into another semi-accidental hook.” Daniel Spicer, The Wire

“Manchester’s Nick Mitchell launches hot sauce salvos all over a stage in Albany, NY, doing to the barroom what Keiji Haino’s previously done to the temple. Cooked harder than a closing time kebab, these fanged negotiations frazzle around a core of R&B burnouts that should appeal to devotees of street music saboteur Little Howlin’ Wolf.” Record Collector Magazine

“Mitchell plays in a wild, wailing style that crosses the Beyond The Material Sky-isms of Billy TK’s Powerhouse work with the nagging blues tropes of Bill Orcutt and the proto-metal appeal of Sonny Sharrock circa Last Exit while Hardiman and Nichols play it like goddamn Motorhead, rocking out on endless two-chord garage punk dunts that are more Crushed Butler than Rangda. Seriously some of the best/wildest avant rock six string excess to come out of the UK since, what, Smoke Jaguar” David Keenan, Volcanic Tongue

“Nick Mitchell SHREDS THE FUCK OUT on his guitar, as if he was trying to use the six-string instrument to drain the life energy from everybody in the room, while Hardiman and Nichols add to the festival of destruction, ripping massive pieces of flesh with every single note and drum hit they make… It’s one of the most uncompromising, pedal-to-the-metal, burning and scratching psychedelic rock albums of this year. If not THE most extreme one. Highly recommended.” Weed Temple

“Look out! Sounds From the Other Ideology is coming for your head. There is nothing which will mitigate its raw, psych fury from permeating your consciousness… Every so often, a release comes around that makes one smile and remember the reason they love music… Holy indica! Straight from trichome heaven, Sounds From the Other Ideology joins Astral Body Electric as my jams of the year.” Honest Bag

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