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The Retinas

Philadelphia, PA | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | INDIE

Philadelphia, PA | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2012
Band Alternative Post-punk


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"The Deli's August Record of the Month: chaba - The Retinas"

Post-garage rockers The Retinas' new EP chaba is an unexpected essential for surviving the dog days of summer. Chock-full of lo-fi backbeats and skull-buzzing riffs, the five track stunner transforms the grit and grime of urban summers, late nights, and complicated feelings into memorably evocative songs worth dancing to alone or with friends.

Opening with the trippy hiss of “Accident,” chaba’s first track is seeped in xanax-coated romance and the sort of self-awareness that made great’s like Daniel Johnston iconic. The song's lyricism hums with recognizable disenchantment that is bound to resonate at an instant with listeners. Tom Mchugh’s diction brings to mind the cinematic apprehension of Andrew Bujalski’s mumblecore masterpiece Mutual Appreciation meshed with the emotional imprint of “Tame the Sun” by Male Bonding. “Accident,” much like it’s namesake, ends abruptly without warning, leaving its listener to cope with its passing before “Aries” begins.

chaba’s second anthem paints a familiar portrait of the post-adolescent malaise of cynical dreamers with earnest hearts. Lo-fi in all the right ways, “Aries,” like a mirror, reflects reality without pretense. Like the less anxious version of Happy Birthday’s “2 Shy,” the charm of “Aries” is undeniably sincere. The oscillating intro of “Cheesepuffs” quickly evolves into a surf-pop banger - reminiscent of The Jacuzzi Boys; the track’s fervent riffs and fuzzed-out screams serve as the perfect preface to the notably catchy “Beat It Out”. The energy of the song doesn’t falter, keeping the momentum of chaba as cymbals crash and Mchugh croons - “Cause you chew my bones, acid soul/I've been off time with myself, I don't mind” - a sentiment that is echoed in the EP’s final track “Hey Julia.”

After listening to The Retinas' latest record, you will find yourself hungry for more. - Dianca London - The Deli Magazine

"The Test Drive: THE RETINAS - CHABA"

“Chaba”, the new EP from the Philadelphia based band The Retinas, really surprised me. And I mean REALLY surprised me. I have to confess, I have become a little leery of albums with obscure names but “Chaba” is obscure in name only. This is actually a well crafted, well written, and well executed EP. I kind of wish it was an LP actually. The Retinas really tease the ears with their music and leave you wanting more at the end.

With thumping, anthemic tracks throughout, The Retinas show every sign of longevity with the desire and ambition that pours out of my speakers and give me hope for the next generation of independent artists. You need your retinas to see the light and I have no doubt The Retinas will make you see your light as well. This is a future classic in every respect. Well done! - Jammerzine


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