Laurence Findley (guitar, vocals) Edward Findley (bass) and Alex Pearson (percussion) are the three members of Chambers. They recently released a five song EP entitled Bootleg.
Bootleg is a complete DIY effort that sounds more or less like a demo. If nothing else it gives you an idea of what the band sounds like. The recording contains all the common issues that one might associate with a DIY recording done with minimal equipment. A boxy snare, volume issues that could have been resolved with a compressor, etc.
The music itself is no frill style rock with a bit of attitude. In a nutshell that's what these boys deliver. They start things off with “Mary” which revolves around a distorted guitar and a steady bass and drums. The vocals flay about like some sort of Iggy Pop archetype. They aren’t always in the pocket and sometimes get a half beat behind before finding their footing again. Nonetheless the song is solid.
“Girl With Two Heads” is a certified hit of blues rock. It’s a predictable song loaded with tropes that countless bands have been utilizing since the 60’s. “Success Restrictions” is scattered ear piercing guitar distortion as well as the infamous cowbell. As with the previous song - it’s solid but predictable . “Can't See A Way Out” contains some basic surf rock riffs while “Turned Tail” veers towards 70’s classic rock.
The band has some skill but truth be told they have some work to do if they intended on competing with the best music of today. First and foremost they need to work on staying in the pocket. Getting off time is a thing that separates the pro from the amateurs.
It also seems as if they are simply wearing their influences on their sleeve rather than trying to define the band's sound. At this point their sound is very, very broad and does little to make the band feel distinct. This is a solid start but the band falls into a category of wait and see.
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