Dortmund, Germany based dynamic post punk act CHOKE BOY sound like a modern successor of the wave of driven post-punk bands that was led by bands like The Estranged, Arctic Flowers and Spectres about 10 years ago. At the time, many of the lesser-known bands from this sub-genre suffered from the fact that everything became so contourless under vast amounts of reverb and deliberately undercooled aesthetics: The spark wouldn’t really ignite.
So, it’s even more refreshing to see how well Choke Boy avoid these cliffs today and come around the corner with an energetic and self-determined sound that nevertheless pays homage to the 80’s and the aforementioned bands. The bass takes up a lot of space without overpowering other details of songs which would be a shame subduing the elaborated and diversified guitar riffs. A big recommendation for fans of this sound! Only Gloom Sleeper are able to do this on this level in this country.
The band’s debut EP on Raccoone Records is definitely more on the “punk” side of Post-Punk, but still invites you to dance along. CHOKE BOY are not afraid to create melodies that other would call cheesy and then suddenly try to destroy it with big noisy walls. Political and personal messages but hidden in sometimes cryptic lyrics.
Today, we’re giving you the full stream of “Chalk” and a special selection of both classic and modern influences that have CHOKE BOY its unique flavour.
Spinning classics, by CHOKE BOY:
Rites of spring – s/t
Sonic Youth- Evol
Hüsker Dü – Zen Arcade
… propelled punk and guitar based music onto another level nearly four decades ago and their aftermath and current work still shines today.
Duster – Stratosphere
Taeko Ohnuki – Sunshower
Pavement – Crooked Rain Crooked Rain
…the perfect scores while staring into the sun as well as walking through the rain, to cheer or to dwell in melancholy
Born Against – Battle Hymns Of The Race War
Yuppicide – Shinebox
… extra ordinary Hardcore-Punk from the times we grew up in, brought to us an outstanding and important political stance or simply sarcastic and eccentric appearances.
Entombed – Wolverine Blues
… one of the few credible Metal bands
Simon and Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
… just rad and already there in the back seat of mom’s car
Grouper – Grid of Points
Dig Nitty – Reverse Of Mastery
Pardoner – Uncontrollable Salvation
… for the constant goodbyes and recurring welcomes. The true sound of introspection
Kohti Tuhoa – Ihmisen kasvot
Vile Creature – Glory. Glory. Apathy took Helm!
Full of Hell – Weeping Choir
Wiegedood – De Doeden hebben Het Goed
… for energetic outbursts, for the fast times, for apocalyptic tardiness.