the chills c/d?

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Late last year, we were filming with The Chills lead singer Martin Phillipps when he was informed he had a 30% chance of dying within six to twelve months if he did not make substantial lifestyle changes. His subsequent decision to reconcile with the world and confront past mistakes has provided the foundation for a compelling and dramatic documentary narrative.

curmudgeon, Monday, 25 September 2017 16:21 (one year ago) Permalink

Anyone know what that actually means? I know he's been battling Hep C for years. :-(

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 25 September 2017 17:41 (one year ago) Permalink

Heroin I assume.

The Doug Walters of Crime (Tom D.), Monday, 25 September 2017 17:44 (one year ago) Permalink

Both, I think. Heroin then hep.

Hey, how is Chris Knox doing?

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 25 September 2017 18:04 (one year ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

New album Snow Bound out in September. Yay! I've barely gotten over how great Silver Bullets is.

geoffreyess, Wednesday, 4 July 2018 05:57 (ten months ago) Permalink

What's the latest on the documentary and Martin's health?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 5 July 2018 00:16 (ten months ago) Permalink

this is the most recent news i could find about martin's health -

just sayin, Thursday, 5 July 2018 01:40 (ten months ago) Permalink

Two tracks posted so far on Soundcloud and they're sounding good!Two albums in three years, what's going on? It's very unlike Martin.

Grantman, Saturday, 7 July 2018 09:07 (ten months ago) Permalink

Phillipps contracted the virus after he and a friend had been getting high. The friend left one of their used syringes in a paper bag that Phillipps picked up. The needle pricked him and spread the virus, he said.

Oh, come on. Good to hear he's getting help and/or getting a little better, though. That last Chills albums was great, a proper return to form.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 7 July 2018 13:11 (ten months ago) Permalink

I saw him play in a record store here last year; seemed alright.

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 7 July 2018 13:43 (ten months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

boy, is this new album good!

The Silky Veils of Alfred (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 16 September 2018 12:53 (eight months ago) Permalink

This one and the last one!

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 16 September 2018 14:00 (eight months ago) Permalink

oh yeah. picked it up for a road trip yesterday, what a delight. this has been one of the most remarkable comebacks of all time.

geoffreyess, Sunday, 16 September 2018 16:58 (eight months ago) Permalink

so good I spilled hot sauce on the sleeve :(

geoffreyess, Sunday, 16 September 2018 16:59 (eight months ago) Permalink

Yeah it's a fine treat of an album. Really nice to see that Martin has simply and (hopefully) easily found a really classic groove again.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 16 September 2018 17:04 (eight months ago) Permalink

Power chords!

The Silky Veils of Alfred (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 16 September 2018 17:07 (eight months ago) Permalink

I got it on Friday - it's probably 15 years since I last went into a record shop and bought an album on the day of release. It's a great album. It's very evenly paced, I can't help feel that it's missing a closing 'ballad' like Water Wolves or Submarine Bells. May this late career flourish continue, and when I last saw the band and spoke to Martin he was still adamant that there will be a remixed reissue of Brave Words.

Grantman, Monday, 17 September 2018 08:52 (eight months ago) Permalink

I had a listen today, and something about these competent new albums from 80's underground luminaries makes me sad. I had the same reaction to the 2017 Dream Syndicate album. I think maybe they make me realize that, like Martin Phillipps and Steve Wynn, though I still have some good years ahead of me, I'm no longer 22.

enochroot, Tuesday, 18 September 2018 02:18 (eight months ago) Permalink

I listened to it today too, for the first time. “Competent” is a good word for it. I liked it as I listened to it but I don’t feel super compelled to go back to if.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Tuesday, 18 September 2018 06:26 (eight months ago) Permalink

ooooo just bought this thanks people

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 18 September 2018 18:35 (eight months ago) Permalink

Didn’t wow me on first listen, but it was ok

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 18 September 2018 18:43 (eight months ago) Permalink

It's good but not as good as the last one iirc/imo.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 18 September 2018 19:57 (eight months ago) Permalink

The first song's not amazing imo but the rest kills!

yuoowemeone, Friday, 21 September 2018 10:44 (eight months ago) Permalink

Hmm, I find this way better than competent, maybe partly because Silver Bullets showed his full range of talents intact, so this plays as a very deliberate follow-up set of modest pop songs, ambitious in its economy.

geoffreyess, Saturday, 22 September 2018 21:38 (eight months ago) Permalink

xp The first song's lyrics are pretty interesting though. Phillipps still rides the line between storyteller and thinker, so it's hard to tell if he actually has sympathy for ignorant people or is just playing a guy who feels he ought to.

geoffreyess, Saturday, 22 September 2018 21:45 (eight months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

The American tour is on:

19 Feb: The Bellhouse, NY, US
20 Feb: The Middle East, Boston, US
22 Feb: White Eagle Hall, Jersey City, US
23 Feb: Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, US
24 Feb: The Black Cat, Washington, US
26 Feb: Outer Limits Lounge, Detroit, US
27 Feb: The Empty Bottle, Chicago, US
28 Feb: The Turf Club, Minneapolis, US
2 Mar: The Wayfarer, Costa Mesa, US
3 Mar: The Echo, Los Angeles, US
5 Mar: The Catalyst, Santa Cruz US
6 Mar: The Chapel, San Francisco, US
8 Mar: Dante’s, Portland, US
9 Mar: Sunset Tavern, Seattle, US
11-17 Mar: SXSW, Austin TX, US

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 20:54 (five months ago) Permalink

Great news! Was listening to Snow Bound the other day and thinking I'd never get a chance to see them again, given all Phillipps has been through.

by the light of the burning Citroën, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 21:10 (five months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

First DC appearance since 1996 last night was a good mix of old and new songs. Phillipps voice was strong and band was helpful instrumentally and with backing vocals

curmudgeon, Monday, 25 February 2019 16:48 (three months ago) Permalink

Was that one of the shows with Springhouse? I would've loved to see that lineup but there are different openers by the time they get to my city.

geoffreyess, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 05:21 (three months ago) Permalink

would've liked to go to the Brooklyn show, but I do not pay $30 to see bands anymore. (the Mekons perhaps)

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 06:01 (three months ago) Permalink

great to hear band is getting good reception -last time I saw them the songs still held up but the backing group assembled by Phillips detracted from the songs because they sounded so flavourless - like cardboard cutouts trying too hard to get everything right -maybe they have gotten better

clouds (peanutbuttereverysingleday), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 07:39 (three months ago) Permalink

I am seeing them tomorrow night, which might be the first time they've been in Chicago since 1996, similar to DC. I was at that show in 1996, possibly and probably at lounge ax, and I remember being really disappointed. but I'm looking forward to tomorrow because I hear the current band and Martin are doing great.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 14:34 (three months ago) Permalink

Was that one of the shows with Springhouse? I would've loved to see that lineup but there are different openers by the time they get to my city.

― geoffreyess, Tuesday, February 26, 2019 12:21 AM (nine hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Springhouse opened at the Jersey City show. Great show! The other opener... well he seemed nice and was dong his best.

Evan, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 14:52 (three months ago) Permalink

Very much looking forward to Chicago show - last two records have been really good!

BlackIronPrison, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 15:48 (three months ago) Permalink

Springhouse did a temporary reunion and played the DC, Philly, and another show or 2. They have Jack Rabid, the longtime Big Takeover editor on drums. I liked them better than other opener Brion Starr’s Bowie/Reed/T Rex homage.

I first saw Chills in 90. Missed the 96 tour. This latest DC Show was just $20, and with no service charges if you bought the tickets at Black Cat. Onstage in DC, Philipps grumbled that Warner Brothers won’t reissue the Chills releases on that label.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 16:07 (three months ago) Permalink

Yeah Brion Starr is who I was referring to. Seems to worship those acts you've listed and was definitely putting in a great effort; I just feel like he didn't really have any tunes unfortunately.

Evan, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 16:18 (three months ago) Permalink

This thread made me want to listen to Brave Words and it's not on Spotify??

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 16:25 (three months ago) Permalink

You’re right, that Homestead label release is not on Spotify. A rip is on YouTube now

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 22:14 (three months ago) Permalink

Yep, I found it and listened to it....!

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 22:22 (three months ago) Permalink

sounding great right now, really one of my favorite singers. just gorgeous.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 28 February 2019 05:51 (two months ago) Permalink

Brion Starr, man. We saw that dude walking around beforehand and thought, huh, he's trying pretty hard. Then we saw him play and we were shocked to see him try even harder. I thought they sounded like Television if, yeah, Television had no tunes.

The Chills were great. Martin made a couple of references to that 1996 tour, which really bummed me out at the time, because it wasn't very good. He's grumbled that that he barely remembered it. Someone asked if it was behind "Sunburnt," and he quipped back "apparently."

He also made note of all the "SB" songs and albums in the Chills arsenal, and not only had I never noticed, he was impressed the crowd thought of more than he had! "Sunburnt." "Submarine Bells." "Soft Bomb." "Snow Bound." "Silver Bullets." "Sketch Book." "Somewhere Beautiful." "Secret Box." "Stand By." And so on.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 28 February 2019 12:50 (two months ago) Permalink

First time in the states in yonks and I'm out of the country. Don't you hate when that happens?

I'm very happy for Martin's renewal, he'd been out of sorts for so long, to say the least.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 28 February 2019 15:11 (two months ago) Permalink

The cringe look on his face was great when some punter yelled for 'Submarine Bells' two songs after he had just played it! I thought it was a great show, and I brought my Submarine Bells inner sleeve for Martin to sign, but didn't feel like fighting the crush of mega fans at the end.

BlackIronPrison, Thursday, 28 February 2019 15:12 (two months ago) Permalink

One of these bands I never got into. :-( Which is a shame.

nathom, Thursday, 28 February 2019 21:08 (two months ago) Permalink

Not too late, (as discussed above) Snow Bound from last year is really great. Excited to see them tonight, hope we hear Bite (among many many other songs).

by the light of the burning Citroën, Thursday, 28 February 2019 22:07 (two months ago) Permalink

Snow Bound is just about as good as Soft Bomb and Submarine Bells, in its own contemporary way.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 28 February 2019 22:10 (two months ago) Permalink

I must respectfully disagree. "Snow Bound" is good but the tunes don't linger in my head like stuff from "Soft Bomb" and "Submarine Bells".

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 1 March 2019 04:15 (two months ago) Permalink

I can hum "Time to Atone," "Easy Peazy, "Harmony." Whether you want to is another question.

Let's have sensible centrist armageddon (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 1 March 2019 11:19 (two months ago) Permalink

Well, maybe that's fair, give or take an "America Says Hello." But I think if someone started with "Snow Bound" they wouldn't miss something fundamental about the slick side of the Chills that they would get starting with one of those other big-budget records. Similarly, if most of the songs on "Snow Bound" were dropped on "Soft Bomb" I think they would fit in pretty well, highlight or no.

I will say, apropos of nothing, that "Submarine Bells" is one of the prettiest songs ever written, and it was a surprise and a pleasure to hear it played live.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 1 March 2019 12:40 (two months ago) Permalink

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