Local Indy band Chives’ title track to their 2019 album, “Thrones” may be their most relentlessly energetic yet.
This week we’re taking a closer look at some of the bands performing at the Battle of the Bands at the Hi-Fi. Next week’s show will be the third night of semifinals for the Battle of the Bands, featuring music from Moxxie, Audiodacity, The Palace, Union Suit Rally, American Bombshell, and Chives. The winner of the competition will be awarded $10,000 and a touring van. The finals will be held at The Vogue on February 15.
Yesterday we took a look at Moxxie and their song “Havoc”, which proved that they’ll be nothing to sneeze at come the competition. But we think Chives may be able to give them a run for their money.
So before we get into our song of the day, here’s a closer look at Chives, for anyone who either hasn’t heard of them, or is just a little curious.
Chives is a local Indy punk rock band led by frontman, singer-songwriter and guitarist Ryan Perkins, who brings a wild and chaotic energy to Chives’ combination of punk and psychedelic influences. It’s pretty safe to say that Chives could and would not exist without Perkins, who brings a stronger presence during live performances than some full bands can manage.
While they do have energy on their side, the one downside Chives could run up against in tomorrow’s competition is that their music may be a bit more of an acquired taste. With a mixed crowd voting during the Battle of the Bands, it could cost them. That being said, Chives have still found a significant following in Indianapolis. If enough of their fans come out to support them, they could run away with first.
While their debut album just came out this past year, Chives has been making music in Indy for the better part of the decade. In 2015, they released their first single, “Drop N Roll”, along with their first EP, “Drip”, followed up by their 2016 EP, “Porcelain” and two more singles. 2017 brought a smaller release with Chives’ two track EP “Payasso”. After one year of silence, Chives came back in 2019 to bring their first full-length album, “Thrones”.
“Thrones” is the title track to Chives’ 2019 album. Along with that, it’s also the longest track by far, coming in at five minutes long (which is almost three minutes longer than their average track length). Despite its length, Chives manages to keep the energy high and the pace frenetic throughout its entire length. Listening to “Thrones” is kind of like riding a roller coaster with a blindfold. You’re not sure where you’re headed, but the thrills are non stop.
“Thrones” kicks off with an electrically charged riff before Perkins’ erratic vocals start coming in. His wacky voice takes center stage during the verses, and his guitar sporadically provides accents here and there.
With all of the transitions in “Thrones”, along with the fact that the pace never lets up, there are what could be two or three full Chives songs throughout the track. But the fact that they’re all crammed together (and sync up pretty well), makes it all the more fun to listen to. It’s actually kind of amazing how “Thrones” just continues to sound as if it’s constantly building energy. A special shout out should go to Perkins’ guitar playing, as it pulls most of the weight when it comes to maintaining the energy and carrying the transitions.
Overall, Chives’ “Thrones” might be a little disorienting on your first listen, especially if you’ve never heard them before. But trust me when I say that they’re a band that grows on you. When I first heard them, I thought they were just three crazy guys making weird music just for the hell of it. And even though I still (kind of) think that, I’m along for the ride to hear anything they put out. You could call me a fan.
Be sure to get out to The Hi-Fi next Wednesday night for the third round of semifinals for the Battle of the Bands. Right now, I’m predicting Chives and Moxxie to advance, but anything could happen.
For more coverage on the Indy music scene, be sure to check out the LemonWire Music Corner, where we’re showcasing local Indianapolis artists.