90’s-style grunge rock is making a comeback of late and indie Kiwi kids Street Chant have been riding the trend wave. The three piece combine a booming bass with characteristically resolute vocals leaving you with a muddy garage sound.
The band released their EP Isthmus of One Thousand Lovers last year, which takes you on a musical journey through post-post-modern teenage angst. Tear My Whole Face Off and There Is No Depression in New Zealand are lighter tracks touching on much darker themes (also nicely demonstrating that the band have an incredibly ironic sense of humour). They also touch on some grungier hard rock with tracks like Secrets and Lies and title track Isthmus of One Thousand Lovers. One of the elements of this band that keeps them versatile is that they are constantly switching lead vocals on certain tracks throughout the EP with female leads. Street Chant put me in mind of some of the fresh faces coming out of the Australian music scene right now like Major Leagues or the Bleeding Knees Club with a similar 90’s kid vibe.
You can catch them tearing up a NZ stage here and there. But we will have to stay tuned to see if they make their way to Aus-land, so that we can secretly pretend they were from here the whole time!
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