An Interview With Chew Thru
The latest album release from Chew Thru hits like a sucker punch to the gut when you least expect it. This record thrashes with a ton of character and has a way of blending different decades of punk, hardcore, and even alternative rock together to make something that feels heavy but also wild at the same time.
The Baby Birds album has a killer set of tones from the base to the guitars while drums are driving and aggressive and vocals pack in more energy than you might be able to even handle.
This is a thrash record that hits all the sweet spots in terms of being a lover of hard-hitting music.
The riffs are invasive, and the bass tones are gritty but clear at the same time while the band is clearly having the best time ever laying these songs down.
That's a really important aspect here.
The performance of these songs almost feels like it's done live on the floor, and this is because it seems almost as if the energy between the players are feeding off each other.
Because of that, you get songs that feel alive and breathing which is a rarity in terms of almost any kind of music except for classical.
So, when the record is over, not only do you have to snap yourself back into reality, but you want to see these guys live because if the energy is even half of what it is on this recording, then they'll melt your face right off.
As I said earlier, you get glimpses of sub-genres within the genres and between those sub-genres, you also get glimpses of different time periods.
What I mean is some songs at times, feel like New York punk rock from the mid to late 90s while other times you get West Coast hardcore breakdowns.
So it's so satiating in terms of someone that loves heavy music because you get the best of so many different worlds rolled into one album.
These tracks are memorable, and you can do everything from yellow along with them to headbang and jump around the living room.
The band has the ability to write songs that hint toward nostalgia, and you can feel that. But all the while you're getting this blitzkrieg of sonic tonality that grabs you and puts you in your place.
This was a badass record from beginning to end.
Fans of thrash, punk, metal, alt rock, hardcore, and so much more will fall right in love with this release.
The album is almost like a love letter to all of their influences in one shot which is absolutely killer.
With the release of such a massive record, we wanted to have a sit-down with Chew Thru just to find out where all of this came from and what might be coming up next for the band as well.
Here's what happened.
Buzz Slayers: Okay, let's start with the Baby Birds album! This record had tons of energy and thrashing riffs with massive drumming as well! How did this album come about?
After the Covid hiatus, we had a lot of catching up to do. Tom (guitar) is a riff machine and it's amazing how fast the 4 of us can work a song out. We had a few we didn't record on our first EP that really fit in with this new batch too. Buzz Slayers: How did this all start for you as a band?
I was singing in a punk band that was a sinking ship because two of the members were addicts. I needed something uplifting for my soul, so I built this new thing on the side. Chew Thru came into it's own pretty instantaneously, with our 4 musical styles doing something never anticipated. Buzz Slayers: What kind of things really inspire songs for you?
Motivation is the key. Positive action. Change for the better. There's a lot of anger we point at injustice, the government, greed, corporate bullshit, etc. too. Buzz Slayers: This album has some great styles on it! Can you give us some of your biggest influences musically?
Collectively, it was hardcore that got us together. We all share a love for the good underground hip-hop as well. For me, it's Fugazi, Gravediggaz, Black Sabbath, One Day As A Lion, At The Drive in, The Beatles, old Metallica, Bad Religion, Paint It Black, Beastie Boys, High on Fire and Nirvana. Matt R's (bass) list would be Burton-era Metallica, Anthrax and Death. For Tom, it's Converge, Bane, Young Widows, Bad Brains, Gorilla Biscuits, Slayer, Fugazi, Propagandhi and Dead Kennedy's. Bill (drums) is going with Converge, Deftones and Refused. Buzz Slayers: What are you all doing when you're NOT working on music?
Most of us are fathers and husbands with jobs. I'm an avid BMXer, while occasionally pushing around a skateboard. Matt R. loves to snowboard and hook up his Subarus. Tom is a teacher, who hikes all over this state of Colorado. Bill is a music teacher and video game guru, with every system and game ever made. Buzz Slayers: Who's in all your headphones right now?
I've been listening to Billy Woods, Vaux, Sleep, Metallica and Black Thought. Matt R. - Sleep, The Machine, Better Lovers and Johnny Booth. Tom - Thee Oh Sees, Chemical Fix, Frail Body, Uniform, No Man, L.I.B. and Torso. Bill - Postal Service, Zulu, Otoboke Beaver and Del. Buzz Slayers: Are you doing any live performances right now?
Definitely a Denver show a month. We're going out to Wyoming for the first time in May. Hopefully this will lead to more out of state stepping! Buzz Slayers: Did you record yourself or hit a big studio for this?
Matt R. rips that shit. Buzz Slayers: What can your fans expect from you in the near future?
More shows with great bands in different genres. A new EP coming soon that gets to the heart of what we do. Who knows, maybe our first lil tour. Buzz Slayers: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
I hope our message spreads and actions are taken. We've got some true fans, and we hope to continue to inspire upward change.