Tuesday 27 June 2017

CHRMR - S/T (EP Review)

Release date: April 08th 2017. Label: Self Released. Format: DD

CHRMR – S/T – Tracklisting

1.The Square 03:51
2.The Sphere 05:07
3.The Spiral 04:09
4.The Source 04:46

Band Members:

Crif Golding
Ed Jusko
Brian Mason
Andy Schmitz
Charlie Street


CHRMR sent me an email to me recently introducing themselves with the following statement:

CHRMR (Former/Current members of Sulaco (Relapse, Willowtip, Handshake) and Burn Everything (Dullest) from Rochester, NY playing tension heavy post hardcore sludge meets 90s influenced post rock.

I was intrigued as I'm a fan of the bands mentioned above especially Sulaco.

CHRMR's debut S/T EP is a dark brooding take on Sludge/Noise Rock driven Post-Rock sounds. The EP has quite a heavy and emotional feel with elements of classic sound grunge being played in the background. I can hear influences of Alice In Chains at times. The vocals are very good indeed especially on the opening track – The Square.

CHRMR are a band who take everything in their stride as they create anthemic riffs with a cool touch of 90s Rock/Metal running throughout the entire EP. The production is superbly handled as the EP is loud and clear from the start. The lyrics have a true vintage feel to them. Fans of 90s loud and heavy sounding music will find much to enjoy here. Songs such as The Sphere and The Spiral is where CHRMR impress the most as they merge many different sounds of an action-packed shoegaze effect.

Overall CHRMR have released an accomplished and highly intriguing debut EP. The mixture of different sounds and genres allows CHRMR to create their own sound. Some people may have a hard time enjoying the overall feel and flow of the EP. I would say give this EP a chance as CHRMR are definitely worth checking out.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe