I promised I’d start to take a walk down the memory lane that is my record collection, and it’s kind of tricky to know where to start. I literally started flipping through my records looking for, what I, could consider worthy of starting of such a trip. I finally reached the letter ”C” passing through Career Suicide, Cause For Alarm, Converge, Cult of Luna, Cave-In Chain of Strength, Ceremony, Charles Bronson and Children in Adult Prisons, to name a few. I finally hit Chisel and their 1995 debut album ”8 A.M. All Day”, and the memories came flowing like a crimson river of deceit. ’Cause who really knows what is really stored in our minds and what fabrications we’ve created over the years?
I am not sure of the year here, but I’m guessing it’s around 1997 or 1998 and a band called The Sin-Eaters are touring Sweden. They play in Gislaved and my old band happens to open up for them. At this time I have no clue about who Ted Leo is or his other band Citizen Arrest. I don’t even understand why the band has no records with them, but still are selling some other bands’ records. That other band happened to be Chisel, but I’ll get back to that. As you probably understand I had no clue what to expect from The Sin-Eaters, but they literally blew me away. The pure energy that these guys displayed in all of that raw catchiness was in my mind exceptional. The drummer had a show of his own going on in the background, with such a unique style of drumming it just hypnotized us as teenagers. After the show I ended up at their merchtable and the Chisel story was explained to me. Chisel was the band Ted Leo had played in before and he insisted I’d like it if I indeed liked the Sin-Eaters. And people, this is before the heyday of downloads and streaming so gambling on music was part of the game. I picked this album up, and kept it intact for all these years. Still love it and how the songs are built up. Not as raw as The Sin-Eaters, but catchy and honest right into the bone. If you like melodies and some pop underlining your punk, then Chisel might be something worth checking out. I’m never parting with my Chisel records, that’s for sure. #vinylism #tedleo #chisel #Vinylcollector - 2 months ago