Pittsburgh Current Record Review: Chiller

By March 31, 2020 April 2nd, 2020 No Comments

Chiller Pittsburgh BandBy Margaret Welsh
Pittsburgh Current Music Editor


“We can’t be sick again” is the retching opening line of “Trainwreck,” the last track on Chiller’s recent self-titled EP. The band released the 7-inch in February. But as I hear my roommate coughing downstairs (allergies, we hope), it’s an especially eerie line, summing up the dread of the past few years (at least): That sense that the next time we get sick — with a virus, or a broken arm or cancer — everything will fall apart. It’s the heaviest, slowest track on the otherwise breakneck record (and my favorite, I can’t resist hardcore with a groove!) and reminiscent of 2017’s II, the band’s hookiest, most melodic release. Chiller (also self-titled) from 2018 was a move towards something darker, flatter and more urgent. In 2020, the band has only deepened that dense aggression, and this record is like staring down a well, with only the occasional guitar squeal, or especially exciting drumline to reorient you, like a flash of sun reflected in the water. “Couldn’t see the future/and need to pull apart the past,” begins another track, “Scarecrow”: Perhaps it’s a stretch to call that a precinct description of our current national pastime, but at the very least it’s an appropriate soundtrack to the moment.

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