Wannabe grit-rockers Chavez took after all the bands of the early indie generation who had guitars, knew how to use them and were still miserable. In their early days, they took the riff squalor of Slint and added it to the heavyweight math grunging of Don Caballero. Their second collection of riffs with songs coincidentally attached to them was Ride The Fader, and now it gets reissued by Matador.
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6/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 16th February 2015
My introduction to Chavez was via a Matador Records sampler from around the time "Ride The Fader" was released. The track chosen to showcase the band was "Unreal Is Here". I basically thought I'd stumbled across something close to the new Sebadoh. As it turns out, that was quite wide of the mark and "Unreal Is Here" is not necessarily representative of their work. The guitars have more corners and the vocals lose whatever potential melody they had in their shoegaziness. Still, it's not all bad. "Unreal Is Here" is a great song and perhaps it was unfair of me to compare them to one of my all time faves. I doubt they'll never be regarded as a classic band but the music is okay.
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