Introducing: Chatham Rise
It seems a bit presumptuous to label this post as part of our “Introducing” series, as Chatham Rise have been around the Twin Cities for years and probably everyone but myself already realizes how great they are (they have certainly been covered at media outlets far bigger than ourselves). However, holy shit! Despite being on my periphery for a long time, I never got around to checking out their records, and they are amazing! If you, like myself, have somehow neglected to check out this band until now, do so immediately. They play dense, slow-building epics of shoegaze, drone, and psychedelic rock (in fact naturally they were part of this past Winter’s Drone Not Drones marathon). The influences seem pretty evident – most notably (to my ear anyway) Galaxie 500 and Spacemen 3. The band’s other claimed inspirations make total sense as well: Ride, Slowdive, and Brian Jonestown Massacre to name a handful. And Chatham Rise’s sound stacks up pretty favorably next to that of their (lofty) influences’. You can stream their self-titled LP below, which has been out since 2013. You can also purchase the record – vinyl or mp3 format – here.