Orange County based rockers Chaser return with their much anticipated third full-length album The Big Picture, four years removed from their well-received Numb America. There version of 21st century post punk blends brisk ferocity of seminal punk with more accessible melodies and lush vocal arrangements, but without usual angst and aggression commonly found in the genre. They're like Green Day without the navel-gazing and patronizing I suck, you suck, and society sucks mentality. Actually, the concept of The Big Picture is completely the reverse: seeking the positive in life by understanding and growing from one's hardships and setbacks. Now there's a refreshing, and welcome, twist.
Chaser blisters along on The Big Picture with youthful abandon as they stoke the roots of their punk fire. You can hear it on songs like The Big Picture or Actions to Ashes. Yet, Chaser plumbs the depths of power pop on the radio-friendly More Than You Know, which also showcases there amazing vocal arrangements. Clever bass and guitar work highlight many songs not the least of which is delightful Beauty and Debris. For another twist, the power pop ballad My Promise drifts between melancholy American punk and early 60's brit pop. On the whole The Big Picture is a big step forward for Chaser, a album that shows maturing musicianship and strong song composition. Recommended!
On the whole The Big Picture is a big step forward for Chaser, a album that shows maturing musicianship and strong song composition. Recommended!
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