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
The American tour is on:
19 Feb: The Bellhouse, NY, US20 Feb: The Middle East, Boston, US22 Feb: White Eagle Hall, Jersey City, US23 Feb: Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, US24 Feb: The Black Cat, Washington, US26 Feb: Outer Limits Lounge, Detroit, US27 Feb: The Empty Bottle, Chicago, US28 Feb: The Turf Club, Minneapolis, US2 Mar: The Wayfarer, Costa Mesa, US3 Mar: The Echo, Los Angeles, US5 Mar: The Catalyst, Santa Cruz US6 Mar: The Chapel, San Francisco, US8 Mar: Dante’s, Portland, US9 Mar: Sunset Tavern, Seattle, US11-17 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
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
― 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
You know, I was reading an old interview, and while I understand the standard narrative that by the time "Soft Bomb" came out there was just no place for the Chills in the mainstream ..."Out of Time" was one of the biggest albums of the year! Still don't think there was a place for them in the mainstream, but there was clearly more at work. Label fuckupery. HIs accent.
Huh, I knew they were session guys, but I had no idea the rhythm section of "Sunburnt" was Dave Gregory and Dave Mattacks!
― Josh in Chicago, Friday, 1 March 2019 12:49 (two months ago) Permalink
"Sunburnt" has some great tunes but overall it's spoiled by poor production.
― Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 1 March 2019 12:58 (two months ago) Permalink
Lovely set last night here in SF. New songs sounded great, old faves as wonderful as ever. My girlfriend thought "Submarine Bells" was the pinnacle of the show.
― Ned Raggett, Thursday, 7 March 2019 19:56 (two months ago) Permalink
appreciate everyone recommending the tour. show last night in PDX was great and what a huge sound.entire band sounded amazing, especially on the violin tracks.
― campreverb, Saturday, 9 March 2019 21:39 (two months ago) Permalink
St. Paul show was wonderful, one of my favorites by anyone ever honestly.
― geoffreyess, Sunday, 10 March 2019 07:30 (two months ago) Permalink