Spending the pandemic honing their craft, the broadly-influenced power trio Chewy is coming out swinging. Known for their unpredictable live sets often featuring yet-unreleased songs, their feral yet meticulously constructed rock leaves them with a reputation of being an act where you never get the same thing twice.
Comprised of guitarist/vocalist Connor LaRocca, bassist/vocalist Asher "Glom" Wolf, and drummer Max Barry, the Philadelphia trio formed in 2020 following the amicable breakup of Connor's previous band. In contrast to the more singer-songwriter and dream-pop influenced acts in Philadelphia, Chewy makes angular, chaotic progressive rock that paradoxically has more hooks than a tacklebox. The band sports a vocabulary influenced by the saccharine art-pop of Deerhoof juxtaposed against adrenaline-soaked prog and fusion acts like Mahavishnu Orchestra.
Chewy released their debut album HOUSE OF CHEWY in summer of 2021. Featuring ballads about the supernatural, paranoia, and death, the album's lush layering and sound design work as a successful experiment in fusing rock with synthesized sounds. Following HOUSE OF CHEWY, the band decided to eschew the dense layering and overdubs of their previous efforts. Their new sound centers instrumental performance rather than the studio-focused sound on HOUSE OF CHEWY. The first jam showcasing their new "less is more" approach is 2022's first single, Melt Thru. With frantic sweep-picked guitar lines and a propulsive rhythm section keeping the furor grounded, the band explores ego death in an appropriately unsettling way.
HUGE SHOUTOUT TO EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTED OUR SUMMER 2022 TOUR! MUCH LOVE AND SEE YOU ALL SOON!