By Margaret Welsh
Pittsburgh Current Music Editor
CHIP AND THE CHARGE UPS
Lightning in Our Veins
Anyone who has been following the trajectory of Chip Dominick — formerly as the frontman for hard-rock band Chip DiMonick, and now with Chip and the Charge Ups — knows him to be a purveyor of consistently upbeat, big-hearted pop music. With the Charge Ups, Dominick has moved towards something that falls between pop-punk and power pop, without losing the hair-metal gregariousness of his past ventures. Lightning in Our Veins — the band’s third release, out April 3rd — is a high-energy celebration of what it means to really, really love music: “When I was thirteen, my heart was struck/this music packed more power than love …There’s lightning in my veins now” begins “Feel Electricity.” Even if the music isn’t really your thing, it’s hard not to be swept up in the raw excitement that radiates from this record. As a whole, Lightning in Our Veins is a bit of a hodge-podge, including a cover of “The Tide is High” (which I can imagine on the soundtrack to a Netflix teen drama), a surprisingly successful mashup of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and Ozzy’s “Bark at the Moon,” and the band’s Christmas song, “Black and Gold Christmas.” On paper, it’s an odd mix; give it a listen and you may surprise yourself with your own big dopey grin.