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Scared Of Chaka

Scared Of Chaka: Tired Of YouTired Of You (1999)
Subcity Records

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When was the last time a punk rock album blew you away? For me it was in 1999 when this album came out: 14 amazing songs strung together in a half-hour's listen. Most hardcore fans of SOC (who also tend to be from New Mexico), cite 1996's Masonic Youth as the band's best album, but I feel that th.
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When was the last time a punk rock album blew you away?

For me it was in 1999 when this album came out: 14 amazing songs strung together in a half-hour's listen. Most hardcore fans of SOC (who also tend to be from New Mexico), cite 1996's Masonic Youth as the band's best album, but I feel that the boys really hit their peak on Tired Of You. Almost seamless tracking makes this disc a continuous listen, from the opening feedback and keyboard buzz of "A Lie And A Cheat" through to the smooth and sweet 60's-style ballad of "Seventeen" and even... *gasp*... an MC5 cover, which they pull off amazingly, I find it hard to hit the 'stop' button on my CD player. This being their first album on Hopeless Records' Sub City label (and dare I say, the best album on Hopeless other than the D4 albums), Chaka has cleaned up their sound a bit from earlier albums, but without losing that punk tone. The guitar is scathing and in your face, the bass is turned WAYYYY down (remember basement shows when you could never hear the bass because the dumbass has a 10-watt amp?), the drums sound like a cheap set of pawn shop specials, and the vocals are so far off in the background, you have difficulty following the lyrics in the liner notes. But somehow all of this mess gets processed like a sweet block of Velveeta into a nice presentable package. Guitarist and vocalist Dave Hernandez crafts an unbelieveable string of unintelligible words into some of the most beautiful harmonies I've ever heard, only to bite back with a screeching hiss on the next line. The presence of keyboards, which I usually don't think is even appropriate for punk rock, seems to be the cherry on the top, winding a falsetto over the crunch of the rest of the band.

Unfortunately for the national punk community as a whole, Scared Of Chaka called it quits in 2001 after releasing their swan song Crossing With Switchblades (another recommended album), with Dave and studio keyboardist Marty Crandall now rocking in the Shins. But the band left a nice legacy of albums, along with a plethora of comp appearances and 7"s, putting them (for me at least) alongside bands like Kid Dynamite that made a huge impression upon the punk world and then decided to retire, leaving only a few decent 'real' punk rock bands remaining. It is bands like this that make me actually believe that the current trend of music (see: Hawthorne Heights, Fall Out Boy, etc.) is exactly that: A trend, and that true punk rock doesn't require a dress code, star tattoos, and dyed black hair.

Standout tracks:

  • A Lie And A Cheat
  • All My Friends Are Ghosts
  • Schoolboy
  • Also find the song "Frozen Out" wherever you can get it.

 

 
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xhdrx (May 1, 2012)

actually I think "Monsters" is another good song in this album.

glasspipemurder (December 5, 2006)

I love Scared of Chaka and it's really cool that members were in The Shins, who have blown up so much recently thanks to Garden State.

SilentStorms (September 7, 2005)

Weeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaak.

Anonymous (September 6, 2005)

Dillinger Four's first album alone makes hopeless a good label. This album is pretty good. Not too phenominal though. All my friends are ghosts is a great song.

notfeelingcreative (September 6, 2005)

"Neither do I."

I actually like some of the hopeless back catalog, but i'm not going to argue with you, as you have actual taste in music.

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

"Remember when hopeless was a good record label???"

Neither do I.

-ken

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

"the first Sub City comp"

That was a great disk, especially the Rabies tune. Now that I'm thinking of it, that might be the best comp released in the past ten years or so.

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

Reprazentin' tha 505, biaaaaaatch!

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

does the name of this band have anything to do with chaka from burn/orange 9mm? 'cause after all the stories i've heard about him moshing with machettes, i'm scared of him too!

Crookedsuperhero (September 4, 2005)

Yeah, great band. I remeber listening to the KD track on the first Sub City comp and thinking it was good, then a SOC track came on and hit me in the face.

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

Remember when hopeless was a good record label??? well this was it.

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

T.S.R. !

hubitcherkokov (September 4, 2005)

The few Scared By Chaka songs I've heard I really enjoy. I definitely didn't know those dudes were in the Shins, though.

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

i liked how thier cd "Crossing with Switchblades" sound quality to get progressivly worse throughout the cd. But it still rocks like woah.

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

masonic youth is a 13, this is more like a 10.

wyzo

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

"with Dave and studio keyboardist Marty Crandall now rocking in the Shins"

whoa, i did not know that.

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

Masonic Youth is a ten, this is more like a seven.

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