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Thrills & The Chase

São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | SELF

São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil | SELF
Established on Jan, 2010
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Let it not be said that rock & roll is dead. The current generation of youth may have transferred much of their rebellious energy to be channeled through electronic dance music instead, but by no means does that warrant the abandonment of such an integral part of modern culture. After all, rock & roll was the first genre that rocketed the electric guitar into the mainstream world. It was the genre that gave us our first taste of the true power of modern musical instrument technology. The second half of the 20th century in popular music was without a doubt a golden age in music history. That being said, there has been an unfortunate decline in the amount of classic rock music that continues to be produced today. It’s understandable – the music industry is in a constant state of transition – but the truth will always remain: there is simply no substitute for some good ol’ rock & roll.


It’s in times like these, however, that the true believers in the genre shine through. Today, I have the pleasure of presenting to you Thrills & The Chase, a four-piece band from São Paulo, Brazil. Back in March of 2012, they released their debut EP, entitled Introducing Thrills (And The Chase). Having gained a following in their home nation, they have begun expanding their musical mission across the globe. Now, as a self-appointed representative of the aforementioned globe, I would like to personally thank Thrills & The Chase for doing so. To put it bluntly, this is music that deserves to be heard. This is rock & roll at its finest; music that is unique and draws inspiration from many different influences, yet somehow still presents itself with an air of nostalgia and familiarity.


On the group’s website, they are self-defined as “rock & roll without borders, putting a modern spin on melodies inspired by ’70s glam, folk, blues and jazz.” I don’t know about you, but when I read that, I envision a sound that could appeal to just about any self-respecting child of decades past. Bold words, but the band follows through with their intrepid claim. The best music is surely that which captures the vision of an artist and ignites the passion of its audience. With that being true, I give this troupe of South American rockers the gold star of achievement. Everything about their music invokes a sense of authenticity relative to established rock traditions. It has the power to rekindle the fire within any rock fanatic’s heart (as was certainly the case for me). Not only that, it also expands upon these traditions with a multifaceted cultural influence.

In “Does the World Owe You Anything” we hear the influence of classic bands like The Beatles, whereas with “Damsel In Distress” we get the slightly harder influence of the Rolling Stones. There is a strong presence of an emergent indie rock style on “Vogue Rogue,” while “Sister Thriller” brings out rock’s most influential predecessor: the blues. This EP brings together all of these styles into a single, musically mature vision of greatness. Thrills & The Chase have done an incredible job of representing their identity, both musically and culturally, in this artistic package.

With Introducing Thrills (And The Chase), you are offered the chance to experience a wild ride of rock & roll as it should be presented. You, as the listener, have this opportunity to connect with the strongly resonant zeal of a small band from Brazil that packs a huge punch. The EP is available for free download from their website here, so I would urge you to do yourself a favor and check it out. In doing so, you are rewarding yourself with a journey back in time to the days of leather jackets, motorbikes, and jukeboxes. Not only that, you’re supporting a band that is pushing to make their voices heard in the world. Just don’t get cocky and start breaking any windows or rioting in the streets – this isn’t Woodstock anymore.

Written by Steven Gizzi - Audio Intimacy


Discography

Introducing Thrills (And The Chase) - EP, 2012

"Damsel In Distress", the band's first videoclip, was featured on MixTV (Brazil) and Showlivre (an online entertainment portal with a large audience in Brazil) in January/February 2013.

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In the debut EP Introducing Thrills (And The Chase), THRILLS & THE CHASE sound like they could have come from anywhere in the world.

We're not dealing with experimental songs - there's a certain familiarity to it and at the same time, freshness in the way they're delivered. This is rock & roll without any borders, putting a modern spin on melodies inspired by 70s glam, folk, blues and jazz.

The opening track "Damsel In Distress" sums up what the band's all about in mere three minutes: it's danceable, heavy, elegant and gives you a sense of urgency.

Songs such as "Rogue Vogue" and "Moping Jack" - perfect examples of the indie rock insurrection we've seen in the last decade, go very well with "Sister Thriller" - a bluesy track, and "Does The World Owe You Anything", whose chorus may remind you of artists such as The Beatles and Roy Orbison.

This variety comes from this quartet's capacity to reinvent themselves, thanks to ten accumulated years on the road. THRILLS & THE CHASE is a new band formed by relatively seasoned artists of the brazilian rock scene.

It was founded by the dynamic duo Calvin Kilivitz (vocals) and Louis Daher (guitars), whose former band The Midnight Sisters had several EPs and an album under their belt, as well as a videoclip getting airplay on brazilian MTV. They teamed up with drummer Z Menezes from Condessa Safira, who shared the stage with numerous bands including The Donnas and bass player Guilherme Di Lascio, who brought much needed fresh air in terms of inspiration.

Nowadays it's really hard to find a band that really gets your attention - for our own sanity's sake, we can't help but to ignore most of what comes our way. In the seemingly endless sea of indie bands you may find yourself currently sailing, THRILLS & THE CHASE is very hard to ignore.

They are currently writing and recording two EPs which will be released on the second semester of 2013.

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