It’s official, I’m going to next year’s Punk Rock Holiday. I don’t care that it’s halfway around the world in Slovenia. The festival released it’s traditional “aftermovie” and I’m not sure if its the footage or the fact that it features Chaser’s new track “The Show” but if this doesn’t convince you to go to next year’s festival nothing will.
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Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 9:52 AM (PST) by Johnny X
Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 2:26 PM (PST) by Johnny X
Buckle up, punk fans, Southern California skate-punk act Chaser have premiered a music video for a new track off their brand new Dying Scene Records release. “Silencer” is one of the more aggressive, fast paced gems on an album chock full of stand-out tracks. But don’t take my word for it, check out the video for it below.
Stream the entire release on bandcamp.
Is it reductive to describe a band’s sound by naming a bunch of other bands who have clearly influenced them? Chaser wear those influences so proudly on their sleeve that it’s almost inescapable and I think they’d be fine with it. These guys keep the 90s melodic punk flame burning brightly. Right from the get go, opener, The Uprising, lets us know what kind of territory we’re in, with 1 minute and 12 seconds of Bad Religion meets Pennywise, 100 mph punk rock. The Pennywise feel continues into At What Cost with some nice gang vocals thrown in for good measure. Next track, Nightmares starts with a slightly slower paced NUFAN feel with a chorus which recalls moments of Today’s Empires era Propagandhi.
As the album progresses through Silencer and Bonfire, you stop hearing the influences so much and start to get a real impression of Chaser’s own sound. They do a great job of distilling the essence of their Californian punk forefathers and, after 18 years of fighting the good fight, their musicianship and song writing is at a very high level.
Let It Die mixes up the vocals with bassist Jesse Stopnitzky’s gruffer vocal contrasting nicely with the cleaner vocal from Mike LeDonne and for me this is one of their stand out tracks. The Show is an anthemic ode to the humble punk rock show, with a musical arrangement on the chorus that I could swear I’ve heard before but for the life of me I can’t work out where. Wars is a stripped down guitar and vocal affair which juxtaposes well to the rest of the album. In a live context, this song will give the band and audience a much-needed chance to get their breath back! The respite doesn’t last for long though as we launch straight into Bet It All, a near perfect slice of fast paced melodic tuneage. Penultimate track, A Million Reasons, has an early Rise Against feel and album closer, Woe Song, rounds things off nicely. Sound The Sirens was mastered by Jason Livermore at the legendary Blasting Rooming studios and there should a be a label announcement for this release imminently (Editors Note: I gave this album to Nick to review before telling him I signed the band to DS Records).
For the past few years Chaser have been on a bit of a hiatus however anyone who was a fan of their previous releases will not be disappointed with this album and it’s sure to win plenty of new fans too.
Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 3:20 PM (PST) by Johnny X
This is it! The moment I finally get to share with you guys the reason why I signed Southern California skate-punk act Chaser to Dying Scene Records. I’m an absolute sucker for 90’s era punk rock, and Chaser’s new album “Sound The Sirens” sits firmly between ‘94 NOFX and ‘95 No Use For A Name. If you dig double-time drums, anthemic choruses, and big, sunny SoCal “whoa-ohs” you’re going to seriously love this release.
Stream the entire album below.
“Sound The Sirens” was released digitally through Dying Scene Records and physically through Effervescence Records on July 20th.
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 2:30 PM (PST) by Johnny X
Buckle up, punk fans, Southern California skate-punk act Chaser have premiered another new track off their upcoming Dying Scene Records release. “Silencer” is one of the more aggressive, fast paced gems on an album chock full of stand-out tracks. But don’t take my word for it, head over to Melodic Punk Style to hear it for yourself.
Stream a few more songs from the upcoming release on bandcamp.
Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 12:00 PM (PST) by Johnny X
Southern California skate-punk act Chaser have premiered a lyric video for a brand new track off their upcoming release on Dying Scene Records. “Nightmares” has got it all; gang vocals, killer lead guitar, catchy chorus, and don’t forget the “whoa-ohs”! It’s an absolute gem of a punk rock song and you can see what I mean by checking it out over at Punktastic.
“Nightmares” will appear on the band’s upcoming album “Sound The Sirens” due out digitally through Dying Scene Records (pre-order) and physically through Effervescence Records (pre-order) on July 20th.
Stream a few more songs from the upcoming release on bandcamp.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 1:14 PM (PST) by Johnny X
Southern California skate-punk act Chaser have premiered a lyric video for a brand new track off their upcoming release on Dying Scene Records. “Let It Die” is the first Chaser track to feature dueling lead vocals between singer Mike LeDonne and bassist Jesse Stopnitzky, and man does it work! Head over to NewNoiseMagazine to hear the track.
“Let It Die” will appear on the band’s upcoming album “Sound The Sirens” due out digitally through Dying Scene Records (pre-order) and physically through Effervescence Records (pre-order) on July 20th.
Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 5:10 PM (PST) by Johnny X
Southern California skate-punk act Chaser have premiered a lyric video for a brand new track off their upcoming release on Dying Scene Records. “The Show” is their homage to the annual tradition of punk rock festival pilgrimage. Doesn’t matter if your festival of choice is PRB, Fest, Punk In Drublic, or Punk Rock Holiday, you’re going to relate to this song. The band had this to say about the inspiration behind the tune:
“The Show” pays tribute to some of our favorite moments growing up. The sun is shining, the music is blasting and we’re shoulder to shoulder with thousands of people singing along. Warped Tour started it all for us, and luckily, the rise of these modern day festivals has filled the void. We’re all grown up now, and expected to take it easy, but you can’t take the punk rock out of the boy. So you’ll still find us crowd surfing, pitting, stage diving, and singing every word. “And we will stay forever this way!”
Sing along to “The Show” over at punknews.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 12:06 PM (PST) by Johnny X
Southern California punk act Chaser were one of the bands that inspired me to start Dying Scene eight years ago. I couldn’t understand why they weren’t on Fat, or being written about on Punknews, so I launched a site to get deserving bands like them more exposure. But that’s not why I’ve signed them today to Dying Scene Records. Personal relationships or past releases, no matter how good they are, aren’t enough get on DS Records. It’s simpler than that. I have to hear an album before I’ll agree to release it, and I have to legitimately love the album – like top 5 releases of the year love them. By the second listen of “Sound The Sirens” I was sold.
On July 20th Dying Scene Records will be digitally releasing the band’s 4th full-length album, “Sound The Sirens,” while the folks at Effervescence Records are handling vinyl. To get you appropriately stoked check out the album’s first single “Bonfire” below.
While you listen here’s a fun tidbit from the band about the recording of the acoustic intro to the track:
“So while our engineer/producer, Ian Petersen, was editing one of our songs, we were standing in the parking lot jamming “Bonfire” on acoustic guitar and singing the chorus together as a band. Ian came outside and said, “That sounds awesome. What are you guys playing?” So he pulled us into the studio, and we tracked the intro to “Bonfire” with all 4 band members singing the chorus, and Bill playing guitar at the same time. We recorded it as one take, and it sounded so good and natural that we kept it!”
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 3:27 PM (PST) by Johnny X
Southern California punk act Chaser are one of the bands that inspired me to start the shitty website you’re reading this story on, which is why I’m especially excited to announce that they’re gearing up to release a new album titled “Sound The Sirens” this summer.
To prove it the band have released a bit of a teaser video that features the fellas discussing the recording process among other odds and ends, but most interestingly, it features a snippet of one of the new tunes. It’s rad and you can check it out for yourself below.
“Sound The Sirens” will be the band’s first new album since 2011’s “Action” EP released via Felony Records.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 8:33 PM (PST) by Murderdingus
I don’t know about you, but I could use some good news. Oh shit, I have some! SoCal’s CHASER has officially announced a comeback. Mike tells us that they’ll be writing a new album and playing shows very soon. He went on to say,
“Fans can expect upcoming shows and new material, returning to our original style of playing fast and energetic melodic punk rock. Stay tuned and please share and spread the word!!”
If you’re not familiar with their work or need a refresher, head on over to their bandcamp page and check out their material. Nothing is more than five bucks. I’m such a swell gentleman that I’m gonna drop the stream for their pay-what-you-want “Garage Years: Unreleased and Out of Print Songs” below!
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 6:00 PM (PST) by Johnny X
Best news of the week, right here! LA based skate punk act Chaser are back together and working on a album! Here’s a quote from the band on what we can expect from it:
Our new album will have a more classic and stripped down version of our sound. Moving away from layers of lead guitars and riffs, we are focusing heavily on the fundamentals, what made us all fall for this genre to begin with. Catchy vocals, anthemic hooks and thought provoking lyrics, coupled with heavy guitars and an energetic drum beat that takes you back to a more familiar time.
The new album will be the band’s first new release since 2011’s “Action” EP released via Felony Records.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 7:07 PM (PST) by Johnny X
I love Felony Records. Over the years they’ve accumulated a fantastic roster of melodic and skate punk acts and it seems they’ve really picked up steam lately. Case in point, they’re one of the sponsors of Punk Rock Bowling this year and to commemorate the occasion they’re putting out a “Felony Records presents Punk Rock Bowling Vol. 1” compilation. It features 35 tracks from past albums, rare tracks, and unreleased songs from future albums and if you’re new to the label, this is a great introduction.
Personally I’m most excited about the unreleased tracks from Chaser, Hilltop Rats, Lowbrow, and Raised By Apes. Get better acquainted with one of the punk scene’s greatest labels by streaming the entire comp below.
Monday, September 29, 2014 at 6:30 AM (PST) by Hopeless Romantic
L.A.’s Chaser recently played their first reunion show since ending their 12-year run 2 years ago. Our friends at Felony Records were there to capture the set and you can check out the live footage for the song “Set It Off” right here!