San Francisco-based experimental rock band Chrome will release their first album in over 12 years, Feel It Like A Scientist, on August 5th via King of Spades. In anticipation, it’s streaming in full below.
Formed in 1975, Chrome began as the solo project of musician Damon Edge, whose work focused on the fusion of punk, psychedelic, and industrial rock, all with a decidedly Avant garde flair. By 1976, guitarist Helios Creed had joined the band, eventually becoming Chrome’s only other long-term member. Chrome’s most renowned releases came with 1977’s Alien Soundtracks and 1979’s Half Machine Lip Moves, which saw Edge and Co. reinvigorate rock with a sense of creative recklessness.
By the mid-1980s, Chrome reverted back to being primarily a solo endeavor for Edge, a status that was retained until his passing in 1995. From there, Creed rejoined as the band’s guiding creative force. For the next several years, Chrome performed together and released several albums and EPs. However, following the release of 2002’s Angel of the Clouds and Ghost Machine, the band enacted a more reduced schedule.
For Feel It Like A Scientist, Creed recruited a new lineup of musicians, including singer Anne Dromeda, guitarist Keith Thompson, drmmer Aleph Omega, bassists Lux Vibratus and Steve “Trash” Fishman, and synthist Tommy Grenas. The collective spent the last two-plus years recording at the Compound Studio, Half Machine Studios, and Sub Machine Studios in Santa Cruz, CA, with Creed and Thompson serving as producers and engineers. In addition to the band writing all of the album’s lyrics, Creed included several lines originally written by the late Edge. In a statement, Creed said, “I have the best band put together, finally. It’s how I’ve always wanted Chrome to sound. It’s what I always imagined Chrome could be post-Damon. I’ve been able to take it to the next level.”
The resulting 16-track album is something of a master class on all things Chrome, as the band deftly experiment with sounds both melodic and nuanced and intense and disharmonious. Standouts include the pulverizing industrial-meets-EDM of “Big Brats”; the acerbic garage rock romp known as “Six”; and the densely-layered goth-punk ballad “Prophecy”. No matter the influences, though, Chrome demonstrate that even after nearly 40 years and countless lineup changes, their hunger and curiosity remain just as savage as when the project first began.
Pre-orders for the album are ongoing.