Reissues: Chavez

Cult favourite albums, back in print after over ten years.

Chavez are fronted by guitarist Matt Sweeney, who was previously a member of Skunk, Wider and played with Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Guided By Voices and Zwan amongst others. Drummer James Lo also came from Wider and the band are rounded out by guitarist Clay Tarver (Bullet Lavolta) and bassist Scott Marshall. 1995′s 'Gone Glimmering' and 1996's 'Ride The Fader' are unbeatable slabs of thinking-person's loud rock from an era where such sounds were not in short supply. Since release, they never quite broke up - they just take many years inbetween gigs (and many more years making us wait for a third album). But there’s an awful lot to be said for leaving a flawless recorded legacy behind, and Matador have this week issued both on vinyl, the first time in a decade.

“It’s not like we’re out to desconstruct rock, but when we started the band, we had an agreement that we wouldn’t play anything that sounded like something we’d heard before.”Matt Sweeney (speaking to Billboard in 1996)

Explaining why now to reissue, Matador explain; To say both albums have grown in stature and influence years after their release would not be an exaggeration, but that’s precisely why we’re taking brutal advantage of the situation at this very moment.

“Some of the most exciting rock songs of the last decade” - Pitchfork


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