‘Generator’ from Wollongong duo Chimers has a visceral, urgent edge that creates a monstrous sound for such a small band. The track has a new wave, post punk urgency with a bleeding edge of fuzzy and clattering rhymes that suddenly ends in a cataclysmic stop. It’s pulse-quickening stuff: distant vocals are cold and observant while the music batters and clatters with a flaming intensity.
The accompanying video, by Gav Cowley from Carpark Sci-Fi is fittingly chaotic and mesmerising to fit the sounds:
You can get the single through the link below:
The single will be launched in Sydney on January 20 at Vic On The Park with support from Private Wives, and in Wollongong on January 27 at La La La’s with Uncle Pit. Following the launches, the duo will play a host of shows up and down the East Coast, combining headliners with supports for Me First & the Gimmie Gimmies, the Scientists and Mudhoney. Details are as follows (with tickets for all gigs available here):
20th Sydney, Vic On The Park w/ Private Wives (single launch)
27th Wollongong, La La La’s w/ Uncle Pit (single launch)
3rd Wollongong Uni Bar w/ Me First & the Gimmie Gimmies
8th Gold Coast, Miami Marketta w/ Me First & the Gimmie Gimmies
10th Brisbane, Tivoli w/ Me First & the Gimmie Gimmies
23rd Sydney, Oxford Arts w/ Scientists
24th Wollongong, Uni Bar w/ Scientists
17th Beechworth, Tanswells
18th Melbourne, The Gem (arvo)
18th Melbourne, The Espy (eve)
14th Coolangatta Hotel
15th Byron Bay, The Northern
16th Brisbane, The Zoo
20th Sydney, The Factory
22nd Wollongong, UOW
23rd Canberra, Kambri
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.
Feature Photograph: Katelyn Slyer