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chillassic (sic) has to be the overall concensus....i've only heard kaleidoscopic world and it thrrrrills me. what else?

rizzx (Rizz), Friday, 26 January 2007 23:02 (fifteen years ago) link

Brave Words - classic, but slightly less so than Kaleidoscope World
Submarine Bells - almost classic
Soft Bomb - passable
Haven't heard anything later, was the slide arrested at any point?

Matt #2 (Matt #2), Friday, 26 January 2007 23:08 (fifteen years ago) link

you're halfway there with kaleidoscope world. get brave words, their masterpiece, and you're done. the a-side of the album version, with "push," "rain" and "look for the good in others and they'll see the good in you," is an all-time fave album side.

fact checking cuz (fcc), Friday, 26 January 2007 23:10 (fifteen years ago) link

see also

Anyone else like the sound of Brave Words by the Chills?
POO: The Chills

jimbo (electricsound), Saturday, 27 January 2007 00:20 (fifteen years ago) link

Submarine Bells is one of my favorite albums!

(I thought this might be some kind of gag...)


Saxby D. Elder (Saxby D. Elder), Saturday, 27 January 2007 00:33 (fifteen years ago) link

sunburnt is only slightly weaker than soft bomb. the recent stuff is a mystery but i'd imagine it's horrible. i think there has been just the one ep and sketchbook. well the secret box too but that was just old stuff mostly, jingles, etc...

keyth (keyth), Saturday, 27 January 2007 01:31 (fifteen years ago) link

I have only 'Submarine Bells', but that's a huge classic. 'Heavenly Pop Hit' is a masterpiece.

zeus (zeus), Saturday, 27 January 2007 02:01 (fifteen years ago) link


scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 27 January 2007 02:02 (fifteen years ago) link

OK, so maybe this is more of an s/d topic...

Soft Bomb was actually a pretty big disappointment. Sunburnt is a "Martin Phillips" album; Justin Harwood had already left to join Luna by then. (but it wasn't that good either).

I liked the BOX (glad the HPH B-side turned up on there because the 7" was sold out the first day of release! Well, truth is I saw that beautiful blue slab but I ain't had no $ that day and it was gone the next day) but Sub Bells was IT, all the beauty, the "understated majesty" and no raggedy ass production neitha.

A perfect album. It is quite possibly in my actual top 10 for life. (Those damn Trane albums are hard to get out of there though!)

Hang on.... 33 1/3 on the line?? (OK, I'll do it...)

Saxby D. Elder (Saxby D. Elder), Saturday, 27 January 2007 04:34 (fifteen years ago) link

rizzx loves the chills! omg :)

Submarine Bells is gorgeous (also because of its 'warm' production), at the time it totally blew me away. Apart from thrilling perfect pop/rock songs like Heavenly Pop Hit, The Oncoming Day and Familarity Breeds Contempt it's filled with yearning, melancholy and lost love: I SOAR, Don't Be - Memory, Part Past Part Fiction, Effloresce and Deliquesce, the title track...

Funny, I started the weekend earlier today with The Lost EP. A strong little record with some great tracks

willem -- (willem), Saturday, 27 January 2007 10:06 (fifteen years ago) link

You know, they are totally totally classic. But I never pull them out. EVER. Maybe I'll pull out Brave Words tonight just for the living fuck of it. I've still got an autographed Heavenly Pop Hit CD single, too.

Lick The Strobelight Lollipops (Bimble...), Saturday, 27 January 2007 10:11 (fifteen years ago) link

yeah thanks guys, i knew this thread was kind of obsolete but whatever! more down under pop madness please~!

rizzx (Rizz), Saturday, 27 January 2007 10:38 (fifteen years ago) link


willem -- (willem), Saturday, 27 January 2007 10:45 (fifteen years ago) link

well the secret box too but that was just old stuff mostly, jingles, etc...

whoever just paid $311 for the secret box on ebay would probably say "classic."

fortunate hazel (f. hazel), Saturday, 27 January 2007 10:50 (fifteen years ago) link

Classic. Proper comprehensive boxset of Flying Nun/Rough Trade era needed please.

Tom D. (Dada), Saturday, 27 January 2007 12:22 (fifteen years ago) link

The Secret Box is great with lots of old live stuff, alternate takes, and unreleased material. There's a section of songs on disc two that I think are the best things they ever did. I've had the chorus of Rolling Moon stuck in my head forever. Classic of course.

Ice Cream Electric (Ice Cream Electric), Saturday, 27 January 2007 12:32 (fifteen years ago) link

all chills albums are martin phillipps' albums, how is sunburnt unusual? every third person in new zealand has spent time in the chills.

keyth (keyth), Saturday, 27 January 2007 13:09 (fifteen years ago) link

Just picked up the 2-CD best-of, which is pretty fine. However it's missing one of my favorite songs, "Wave Watching."
"Submarine Bells" is indeed classic.

Jim M (jmcgaw), Saturday, 27 January 2007 15:23 (fifteen years ago) link

i was just listening to submarine bells for the first time in a LONG time. if anything, it sounds even better than when it came out. to me. if that's possible. it was nice to hear it.

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 27 January 2007 15:29 (fifteen years ago) link

good thread. "Sub Bells" was a record I was obsessed with back in 1991 or so, and Scott's right, it sounds even better today. I like Phillipps' tributes to Newman et al on the followup "Soft Bomb", and used to have "Sunburnt," which had some beautiful stuff on it.

edd s hurt (ddduncan), Saturday, 27 January 2007 15:41 (fifteen years ago) link

I just meant it's not a "Chills" album... And it wasn't just Martin's band you know, Justin is a very interesting and creative guy, not just a bass player. His loss to the Chills line-up was noticeable IMO. (Just as his loss decimated Luna).

Saxby D. Elder (Saxby D. Elder), Saturday, 27 January 2007 15:56 (fifteen years ago) link

hey, want to sell that heavenly pop hit CD single?!

Saxby D. Elder (Saxby D. Elder), Saturday, 27 January 2007 17:12 (fifteen years ago) link

Some of the stuff on Secret Box is really astonishing, yeah--"Smile from a Dead Dead Face" is just amazing.

In 1992, I found some discount store in NYC that had a few boxes of "Submarine Bells" cassettes for like 20 cents apiece. Bought 'em all and gave 'em to friends for years.

Douglas (Douglas), Saturday, 27 January 2007 17:20 (fifteen years ago) link

The Lost EP! wow, i love that thing. i started listening to chills, clean, and straightjacket fits all at the same time via the homestead vinyl and it all cheered me up to no end. i was so gloomy back then.

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 27 January 2007 18:08 (fifteen years ago) link

the lost ep is fab, as is their side (and all the others for that matter) of the dunedin double ep. frantic drift! satin doll!

cw (cww), Saturday, 27 January 2007 18:27 (fifteen years ago) link

Push Push's cover of "I Love My Leather Jacket" = classic, as was:

"Martin Phillips, the man behind NZ indie pop legends the Chills, has been caught shoplifting in Dunedin. "Recently in a stupid and low frame of mind, I pocketed some banana milk and cheese at my local supermarket and, of course, I got caught!" he wrote in a recent message to fans on his website. "No excuses! It was just stupid. I'm fully aware that I'm not the only person who struggles a bit to make ends meet and most people don't resort to petty theft - especially when they're 41! Aaaagh!" Phillips' shoplifting was big news in New Zealand, making the front page of the local paper as well as radio and TV. On the upside, Phillips says a new Chills album, Silver Bullets, is due in 2005, along with a tour of the US, Europe and Australia midyear."

etc (esskay), Sunday, 28 January 2007 06:19 (fifteen years ago) link

You are a mean mean mean old man Mr K. CLASSIC, "Heavenly Pop Hit" got me into pop music. That and "STand", I guess. "Lost EP"! Fantastic shit! Kinda stands up the best now I think, tho I could stand to hear the Lps again. My fav band up till I heard the Beatles. My taste ranges far and wide obv... anyway dunno if it's been mentioned but if the Cd of "Kaleidoscope World" has the Lost EP on it (and I think it does) yr kinda fine, yeah get Brave WOrds next... really really weird rememebering how for about 3 yrs they were meant to be Nz's big rockpop hope for Us sales, haha. HAHA cos they synced up w/NIRVANA'S BOOM rather than w/REM's, which might've worked. And they had a better Lp at the time. Oh well.

808 the Bassking (Andrew Thames), Sunday, 28 January 2007 07:06 (fifteen years ago) link

As i notice, with a bit of bafflement, that I haven't posted to this thread, I post-hasten to add my feeble voice to repeat the bloody obvious:
The Chills' at their finest= FAKKIN K-KLASSIX!
"Pink Frost" and "Heavenly Pop Hit" art mine personal fave-est's also.

tiit (tiit), Sunday, 28 January 2007 12:56 (fifteen years ago) link

Hey thanks Scott for the cool youtube links. Never occurred to me to look!

Saxby D. Elder (Saxby D. Elder), Sunday, 28 January 2007 16:11 (fifteen years ago) link

God, You Tube is so great. Makes one so lazy! I mean how can you do anything when you're zapped to the screen like that?

Lick The Strobelight Lollipops (Bimble...), Sunday, 28 January 2007 20:26 (fifteen years ago) link

From this thread, I have learned that the chills would have been the biggest band in the world if martin phillips hadn't been so bloated. A sad state of affairs.

Also, they were very, very classic. May still be, though I have my doubts.

askance johnson (sdownes), Sunday, 28 January 2007 20:49 (fifteen years ago) link

OH MY GOD!!! The internet radio station is playing them now oh my god!!! What song is it????



Lick The Strobelight Lollipops (Bimble...), Sunday, 28 January 2007 22:22 (fifteen years ago) link

25% of the time they were heartstoppingly wonderful (Pink Frost, House with 100 Rooms, Night of Chill Blue). 75% of the time they were pleasant but unremarkable.

Blue Orchids had the reverse hit rate.

Phil Knight (PhilK), Friday, 2 February 2007 23:58 (fifteen years ago) link

They were better than the BO, dude.

808 the Bassking (Andrew Thames), Saturday, 3 February 2007 10:38 (fifteen years ago) link

Hey! Enough with the body odor around here!

No, I understand what is meant by a Chills success rate and I'm glad someone brought that up, actually. But they were head and shoulders above the Blue Orchids.

At A Later Date, Before We Hit The Moon (Bimble...), Saturday, 3 February 2007 10:44 (fifteen years ago) link

the blue orchids were tuneless tripe

jimbo (electricsound), Saturday, 3 February 2007 14:06 (fifteen years ago) link

I may disagree with you, but I will defend your right etc.........

Phil Knight (PhilK), Sunday, 4 February 2007 19:15 (fifteen years ago) link

one year passes...

Kinda surprised by the love for Brave Words here, to me it's a big drop off from Kaleidoscope World.

I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE UP TO (Colonel Poo), Wednesday, 12 November 2008 10:56 (fourteen years ago) link

brave words is so classic. 'night of chill blue' may be their best song ever. then there is 'rain', 'look for the good in others', 'creep', 'brave words', 'wet blanket'(the only good version of this song), 'dark carnival', 'house with one hundered rooms', 'push', etc, it is all just about perfect.

keythkeyth, Thursday, 13 November 2008 06:18 (fourteen years ago) link

Yeah, Brave Words is pretty U&K, even though I prefer Submarine Bells.

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Thursday, 13 November 2008 07:26 (fourteen years ago) link

Title track from Submarine Bells still brings me to tears.

Just saw Martin open for the New Pornographers here in Wellington a few weeks back. Acoustic, but still has that great voice. He suggested he'd be back with a proper band.

tvdisko, Thursday, 13 November 2008 08:46 (fourteen years ago) link

Kaleidsocope World wasn't produced very well, as I recall. I still have the vinyl. I dunno, The Chills for me are a truly great band that somehow ended up lost to the mists of my teenage years. I still never really feel comfortable returning to them. But I've got over the same kinds of feelings about Chameleons, so maybe Chills is next in line, who knows?

Your Head Is Full of Diamonds & Lice (Bimble Is Still More Goth Than You), Thursday, 13 November 2008 09:16 (fourteen years ago) link

You mean "Brave Words" wasn't produced very well, don't you? 'Cuz it wasn't.

Ich Ber ein Binliner (Tom D.), Thursday, 13 November 2008 10:29 (fourteen years ago) link

The production on Brave Words (courtesy Mayo Thompson, I believe) is pretty thin-sounding, but in many ways I prefer it to the more lush sound of the later albums. The songs, in and of themselves, shine through.

DLee, Thursday, 13 November 2008 14:37 (fourteen years ago) link

two months pass...

I've still got the Kaleidoscope World album on vinyl! God loves me!

Ozzy Goth Beatles (Bimble), Sunday, 1 February 2009 05:47 (thirteen years ago) link

Pink Frost could melt a good section of under 25 year olds in this day and age, I'd reckon.

Ozzy Goth Beatles (Bimble), Sunday, 1 February 2009 05:49 (thirteen years ago) link

Dan Savage will back me up, I think.

Ozzy Goth Beatles (Bimble), Sunday, 1 February 2009 05:49 (thirteen years ago) link

I mean Dan Selzer...shit. I used to get those names confused. I'm sorry.

Ozzy Goth Beatles (Bimble), Sunday, 1 February 2009 05:50 (thirteen years ago) link

That's ok. I like Dan Savage.

The Chills were great. Brave Words is underrated.

dan selzer, Sunday, 1 February 2009 06:32 (thirteen years ago) link

So good.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 8 March 2022 17:08 (eight months ago) link

five months pass...

Chills are playing two shows at City Winery in NY - some inexpensive seats available thanks to a labor day sale.

birdistheword, Monday, 29 August 2022 23:29 (three months ago) link

Weird that their website, or what appears to be their website, doesn't list a Chicago show, but they are coming here as well.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 30 August 2022 00:06 (three months ago) link

four weeks pass...

Turns out the upcoming tour is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Soft Bomb, at least according to City Winery's listings. Strange because their website lists it as the "2022 Scatterbrain Storms Tour"

birdistheword, Tuesday, 27 September 2022 22:04 (two months ago) link

New 3 track EP out on Bandcamp today.

I wish I could muster up some enthusiasm for the last 3 LPs but, while they're fine, it all just blends in my head. Nothing thrilling jumps out at me.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 27 September 2022 22:56 (two months ago) link

I'm actually not familiar with anything past Soft Bomb - I generally just listen to the three CD's I have: Kaleidoscope World (original CD pressing, not the later one with even more bonus tracks), Submarine Bells and Soft Bomb (which is interesting to hear using Christgau's suggested re-sequencing). Anything else I should check out?

birdistheword, Wednesday, 28 September 2022 05:37 (two months ago) link

I'd suggest to check/get the expanded Kaleidoscope World as I think that includes The Lost EP, which is essential imo

willem, Wednesday, 28 September 2022 05:55 (two months ago) link

I don't recall "Sunburnt" being particularly good, but I really like "Silver Bullets" and "Snow Bound," and the new songs were great live. "Scatterbrain" didn't click with me the couple of times I listened to it, so I should go back.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 28 September 2022 12:13 (two months ago) link

The last two albums are almost as good as their best imo.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 28 September 2022 12:17 (two months ago) link

Brave Words still their highpoint for me but do people not like it or something? I know it's difficult to find nowadays.

the cold light of today (Matt #2), Wednesday, 28 September 2022 12:55 (two months ago) link

Nothing the band has done is bad, imo, but iirc "Brave Words" was considered a little bit of a letdown after the initial salvo of singles and EPs. And definitely compared to "Submarine Bells."

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 28 September 2022 13:11 (two months ago) link

I also recall a pretty muted reception for Brave Words, but the few songs I've heard from it ("Rain", "Night of Chill Blue") are among their very best. Wish I had snapped up a copy when it was an indie record store mainstay.

henry s, Wednesday, 28 September 2022 13:19 (two months ago) link

The songs are great (Dan Destiny!) but I think there was some issue with the production or mixing?

Narada Michael Fagan (Tom D.), Wednesday, 28 September 2022 13:26 (two months ago) link

"Brave Words" was considered a little bit of a letdown after the initial salvo of singles and EPs. And definitely compared to "Submarine Bells."

wow, cannot get my head around this, as somebody for whom "Submarine Bells" was a letdown after "Brave Words," which remains the Chills I come back to.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 28 September 2022 13:32 (two months ago) link

Yes, it's better than Submarine Bells.

Narada Michael Fagan (Tom D.), Wednesday, 28 September 2022 14:05 (two months ago) link

"Brave Words" was considered a little bit of a letdown after the initial salvo of singles and EPs. And definitely compared to "Submarine Bells."

This was definitely true at the time. "Brave Words" is very good, and shows Martin has matured as a songwriter after the punky early singles, but the reception was mixed. "Submarine Bells" was feted in the press and by fans as a major achievement, though personally I feel that "Soft Bomb" is the one that is completely underrated. I almost got into a car accident the first time I heard "Male Monster From The ID" on the radio, so transfixed was I. "Sunburnt" has the keyboards mixed way too high and loud and distract from the solid songwriting ("Come Home" is particularly great, should've been used over a romcom movie montage). "Sketchbook" is a set of demo which is surprisingly good. And it's a pity that "Secret Box" was so limited, it's chock full of brilliance.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 28 September 2022 15:00 (two months ago) link

Brave Words is my fave too, but I think the production was controversial. I think Martin Phillips himself dislikes it which is why it's hard to get. There's talk of a remix and reissue, which would be interesting.

doctor johnson (askance johnson), Wednesday, 28 September 2022 16:07 (two months ago) link

I really like the production on Brave Words. Yes, it's muddy and muffled but that adds to the mystique as far as I'm concerned. Like Submarine Bells too but Brave Words is one of the top albums of the 80s for me.

yugi ex, Wednesday, 28 September 2022 17:50 (two months ago) link

I mean given that it came out in the same year as Hüsker Dü's Warehouse album the production doesn't seem too bad. Maybe they were after a pro 80s sound or somesuch, thankfully they picked Mayo Thompson to produce so that was never likely to happen.

the cold light of today (Matt #2), Wednesday, 28 September 2022 17:55 (two months ago) link

Thanks for all the suggestions and yes, they are trying to remix it, but apparently they posted this a year ago:


Very good news indeed! We are working with Martin and The Chills on a new reissue of Brave Words. As per Martin's instagram post above, we have most of the original multi-track tapes and these have have been digitised via the Alexander Turnbull Library. Work is underway on these tracks, but we still need to locate the third reel. As Martin says above, we are asking anyone who worked or recorded at The Point Studios, Belgravia, London in the late’80s to have a think and a look around just in case it can be located. We may have gotten to the bottom of this already, but if anyone has any further information please email us enquir✧✧✧@flying✧✧✧.c✧.n✧. Stand by, more release details and other info will be announced in the coming months.

(Anybody know if they ever found that missing reel?)

birdistheword, Wednesday, 28 September 2022 18:33 (two months ago) link

I should add that post came from Flying Nun. If by some miracle someone has an answer and can help them, the email address is: enquiries AT flyingnun DOT co DOT nz

birdistheword, Wednesday, 28 September 2022 18:34 (two months ago) link

yea pretty sure Brave Worlds is getting remixed/mastering process as we speak

clouds (peanutbuttereverysingleday), Wednesday, 28 September 2022 18:34 (two months ago) link

Excellent show tonight, though I was surprised that the late show was pretty empty compared to the early show.

Apparently they weren't sure what to call the tour, so you can ignore the "30th anniversary of Soft Bomb" label, it's basically a standard "fan favorites + stuff from the latest album" setlist.

birdistheword, Monday, 17 October 2022 04:21 (one month ago) link

Forgot to mention, it sounds like they’re in the process of releasing or recording ‘80s songs that were left on the shelf and they performed one called “Stay Longer” that was a highlight - the instrumental break alone was gorgeous.

birdistheword, Monday, 17 October 2022 06:27 (one month ago) link

Found this long interview with Phillipps for a New Zealand publication that's pretty excellent. They go into the unreleased songs project as well.

Q: I notice that you did record an old song, ‘Lost in Space’ that goes back to your early days on that cassette Fire Records issued in 2016, Single-Burger

A: Yeah, there’s a live version on Secret Box. (A three CD package of rarities, it had two limited press runs of 500 copies each.) Essentially because we didn’t get to record our first album for seven years there are at least two albums of Chills stuff that never got recorded. We’ve been talking seriously about making use of this downtime while we can’t tour overseas, and just nail those old songs one at a time and basically record what would've been the ’82 Chills album and the ’84 one.

I’m hoping that happens, there’s a lot of really good material. There are other things like ‘I Saw Your Silhouette’ and ‘Frozen Fountain’ and ‘Juicy Creaming Soda’, ’Steinlager’ crappy title but I have a different set of lyrics for it and it’s called ‘Stay Longer’. I reckon getting members of the old bands and the new bands together in a good relaxed environment, listen to the tape a few times, learn the songs and bash them out with as much of the old equipment we can find, not dwell on it too much, that would be a dream to finally record those.

birdistheword, Monday, 17 October 2022 14:52 (one month ago) link

Looks like the Chills cancelled their Detroit and Toronto shows due to exhaustion. They flew 16 hours into NYC then played two back-to-back shows the next day, so it's not that surprising. Hopefully Martin's voice will recover in time for Chicago.

Also *cough*

birdistheword, Thursday, 20 October 2022 00:00 (one month ago) link

huh. I was considering seeing them Friday, but had decided to sit this one out.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 20 October 2022 00:56 (one month ago) link

I see they're playing at Sleeping Village which actually feels like a venue for rock music whereas City Winery in NY is almost too posh and gentile, especially the new location which makes it feel more like a sprawling restaurant on the Hudson that happens to have a stage in the main dining room.

birdistheword, Thursday, 20 October 2022 01:28 (one month ago) link

Menus alone couldn't be more different. A ton of beer (Pabst Blue Ribbon on top) vs. lots of fine wines and $30 salads and entrees.

birdistheword, Thursday, 20 October 2022 01:30 (one month ago) link

Yeah, Sleeping Village. It's kind of a pain for me to get to.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 20 October 2022 02:01 (one month ago) link

DC show is at a City Winery that wants to be posh, but is simply overpriced for everything

curmudgeon, Thursday, 20 October 2022 21:37 (one month ago) link

Do people avoid City Winery because of the expensive menu? I know you don't have to buy anything, but I wonder if people do feel pressured into ordering something off the menu. As mentioned, it's not cheap beers or anything, you can easily spend more on food and wine than the show itself.

birdistheword, Thursday, 20 October 2022 22:06 (one month ago) link

I like the City Winery, it's civilized! I don't order alcohol and get one dish and the cost is acceptable.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 21 October 2022 17:54 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

they played Austin last night it was pretty great... wish more people had turned up because they sounded really good. hope they get to tour again over the next few years so I have to chance to experience some different set lists. a lot of the newer songs sounded better than the classics!

Jaime Pressly and America (f. hazel), Monday, 7 November 2022 20:42 (three weeks ago) link

It's been low turnouts (and as a result some bargain ticket promotions - $15 in L.A. IIRC) which is disappointing but I think the tour wasn't publicized well. I didn't even know they were playing at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn until I saw a post from someone else who's been following them closely. Unless you're actively following the Chills on social media, it's probably easy to miss word of these shows.

birdistheword, Monday, 7 November 2022 21:17 (three weeks ago) link

I noted somewhere else I think but that's been another effect of the death of alt weeklies and music journalism in general. no press, no previews, no listings or ads ...

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 7 November 2022 21:21 (three weeks ago) link

If I didn't have another commitment on the 17th, I'd probably see them again, even if the setlist is likely to be the same. Who knows when they'll fly to the US again.

birdistheword, Monday, 7 November 2022 21:51 (three weeks ago) link

There are potentially lots of reasons why they may never tour the US again, unfortunately.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 7 November 2022 22:27 (three weeks ago) link

Saw them in Tucson on Friday. Not a great crowd, but bigger than I feared it would be. Band seemed in good spirits. Phillipps sounds great, especially for a 60 year old who has been through some significant health issues.

purrington, Monday, 7 November 2022 23:00 (three weeks ago) link

Just saw them in Boston, a fun gig, he's got a great young band that can add violin and trumpet as needed. He was in good spirits, very talkative from the stage but chose not to mingle after the show due to covid concerns. He said next year brings "Braver Words" and an album of old unreleased 80s material recorded by the current lineup.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 17 November 2022 04:40 (two weeks ago) link

They're playing tonight in Brooklyn at Baby's All Right. (Seems to have plenty of tickets left too.)

birdistheword, Thursday, 17 November 2022 14:46 (two weeks ago) link

City Winery in Boston was only about half full, unfortunately.

nerve_pylon, Thursday, 17 November 2022 19:20 (two weeks ago) link

It really is a shame, especially with ticket prices so low. (Tonight's show is only $20.)

birdistheword, Thursday, 17 November 2022 19:35 (two weeks ago) link

On FB I saw someone saying that it was a mistake to have the Chills playing so many City Wineries as that club is less known for having pop rock bands like the Chills. Potential audience doesn't follow their schedule. City Winery wasn't able to reach out to the potential audience and as noted above less alt-weeklies. Younger arts editor of local online alt-weekly near me didn't highlight the show

curmudgeon, Friday, 18 November 2022 16:58 (two weeks ago) link

Bingo. I only knew they were touring from this thread but couldn't make the show. They played a City Winery in DC with poor metro access on like a Monday, I can't imagine the turnout was good.

Chris L, Friday, 18 November 2022 17:02 (two weeks ago) link

I'm sure they just went with places like City Winery for the money.

As I hypothesized on a couple of other threads, the death of free weeklies/music journalism/publicity etc. has I suspect taken a huge toll on touring bands. Especially with so many bands touring at once, it's just really hard for the average music goer to know what's going on, or what's worth seeing.

My wife has a co-worker who has taken up regularly going to concerts again, with the catch being she only buys tickets the day-of. She'll decide to see a show, look online and see what she can find, which sounds fun. Of course, if you're a relatively obscure band like the Chills, the odds of getting random concert goers are slim without someone bringing it to your attention.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 18 November 2022 17:08 (two weeks ago) link

Apparently Martin and several people in their crew came down with COVID after the opening NY shows, hence the cancellations in Toronto and Detroit due to illness. There was even a chance they'd cancel the entire tour for the same reason, but fortunately they recovered enough to do the remaining shows. Martin apologized for cancelling the Toronto and Detroit dates but said they'll be back - not sure if that means another tour is definite, but they will have a new release to promote fairly soon.

birdistheword, Monday, 28 November 2022 15:10 (five days ago) link

That’s rough, flying from so far and then getting sick.

curmudgeon, Monday, 28 November 2022 15:30 (five days ago) link

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