Band of the Week: Chomp

Meet the Band: Joe Boyer (vocals, gutiars), Jeff Latimer (bass) and Scott Reid (drummer).

From Nothing Comes Something: For about three years, Joe Boyer played with Cleveland's indie rock sensations Cloud Nothings, a group that records and tours incessantly (and has attained a cult following too). He started Chomp at about the same time that he was leaving Cloud Nothings. "I don't have any complaints about playing with them," he says when asked about the experience. "I learned a lot about playing guitar. I played a lot of guitar. In 2012, the last year I was in it, we were on tour the entire year. We took three trips to Europe and a couple to Japan. It was pretty intense. It was a good experience. I don't regret it."

Straight Outta Medina: The band initially formed with a different line-up but then Boyer reconnected with his childhood friends from Medina and retooled the line-up. "I just grew up playing music with these guys in middle school and high school and we found each other after not playing together for a long time," he explains. "We were such good friends because we grew up listening to punk rock. The '90s Lookout Records scene was great. We also learned to play the first Clash record together. That was our youth. When we were growing up, there was even a fertile scene in Medina." The current line-up has been together for about two years now. It released a 7-inch in June via its own Future Boy Recordings label.

Why You Should Hear Them: The band recorded its new album, Bruise Control, at Musicol Recording Studio in Columbus. "Adam Smith engineered it," says Boyer. "It was his last job there. He's done a lot of stuff that we liked in terms of production and recording. He did the last Obnox record and Times New Viking." "Rile," the lead single, features droning guitar riffs and snotty vocals. Scott Reid wrote the lyrics to the refrain. "When we were writing it, we were also frustrated," says Boyer. "It's about not knowing where you fit and not understanding what any of this is about, even what we're doing musically. Before we recorded this, we spent a year writing songs with a conscious effort to do something different. We initially wrote generic punk songs. There's some experimentation going on and that's foreign for us. We wanted to do something different as far as guitar setups go." The album will be out via Mirror Universe Tapes (EULA, Yuck, the War on Drugs, Night Powers), which will issue it digitally and on cassette.

Where You Can Hear Them:

Where You Can See Them: Chomp performs with Ed Schrader's Music Beat and the Safeties at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Happy Dog.

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Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected].
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