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Friday, July 7, 2017

Chain and the Gang - Best of Crime Rock

Chain and the Gang is an american band hailing from Washington, D.C. and formed in 2009. Currently, the band is featuring Francy Z. Graham: Guitar; Anna Nasty: Bass and vocals; Mark Cisneros: Drums and keys and is led by musician /writer/ talk show host Ian Svenonius

The man is well known since he was the driving force behind the bands NATION OF ULYSSES formed in 1988 and THE MAKE-UP formed in 1995. 

Chain and the Gang deals in the self-called genre "Crime Rock" that blends together rock' n' roll, blues, funk/punk and gospel music of the late ‘50s /early ‘60s. 

The band's fifth and latest offering, released by INTHERED Records is aptly entitled "Best Of Crime Rock" and sees the band revisiting/re-recording some of their best tracks of past releases along with some brand new ones (the organ driven “Logic of the Night” and surf-power pop “Come Over”). Their previous recordings were primitively lo-fi to the max but this one benefits from a better production and sees the band at their most rocking.  

Chain and the Gang perfectly understood that in rock'n'roll "less is more". The songs are stripped down to the bone and build on guitar, bass and drums (and sometimes a cheesy organ) but this is exactly what gives those reworked songs their power and their strength. 

Several of the new versions on "Best of Crime Rock " are quite dramatic changes from the original ones so it could be a bit destabilizing at first listen but very soon you will come to the conclusion that this new record greatly improves upon its original material.

A must for any fan and the best place to start for the uninitiated. Highly recommended!

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