Chang and the Gang at The Smell
Monday, May 25, 2009, 11:18 k
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I was lucky enough to find out about The Chain and the Gang show in the nick of time this past Friday. Ian Svenonius’ (of The Make-Up and Nation of Ulysses) new band includes Sarah Pedal (SLA), Brian Weber (Dub Narcotic Sound System), Fred Thomas (Saturday Looks Good to Me), and Bret Lyman (Bad Thoughts), and they didn’t disappoint. At all.



Svenonius took on that soul-drenched preacher persona that he does so well, pairing it with a hard driving, murky beat a la The Standells. The message was palatably political and delivered with Svenonius’ usual sense of conviction and humor as he railed against “fast food, bad architecture, materialism, rampant greed, environmental destruction, imperial conquest, class struggle,” all of which he says have become “synonymous with ‘liberty'”.

The short set left the crowd wanting more and included “Reparations”, “What is a Dollar”, and the assasinati-themed “Deathbed Confession” from Chain’s debut album Down with Liberty…Up with Chains!, which can be purchased on the K Records site and iTunes.


In short: Svenonius still has it.  Chain and the Gang’s LA debut was as compelling as any Make-Up show, with the same amount of energy and fervor. And he still makes you want to dance.  It’s a shame the show wasn’t jam-packed, you’d expect a larger crowd considering how influential Svenonius has been. No respect!  It’s also a little suprising since Calvin Johnson (Beat Happening, Dub Narcotic Sound System) was also in tow with his new band, The Hive Dwellers.


You can still see the remaining dates of the tour, which end June 1 in Olympia, Washington.  See the dates after the cut.

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May 27, 2009 – Eureka, California
Accident Gallery – w/ The Hivedwellers (Calvin Johnson)

May 28, 2009 – Portland, Oregon
Rotture – w/ The Hivedwellers (Calvin Johnson), Wallpaper

May 29, 2009 – Seattle, Washington
The Vera Project – w/ The Hivedwellers (Calvin Johnson), Wallpaper

May 30, 2009 – Vancouver, British Columbia
little mountain studios – 195 E.26TH AVENUE – w/ The Hivedwellers (Calvin Johnson), Rose Melberg

May 31, 2009 – Anacortes, Washington
The Department of Safety – w/ The Hivedwellers (Calvin Johnson), Wallpaper

Jun 1, 2009 – Olympia, Washington
Northern – 321 4th Ave. – w/ The Hive Dwellers (Calvin Johnson) and Wallpaper


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