I’ll be honest — a lot of people think the split 7″ is a dying breed. In the last few years, I can’t say I’d disagree. However, C.H.E.W. (previously “Chew”) decided to take one 7-song recording session and break it up into two split records this year, and my mind is absolutely changed. Hot on the heels of their split tape with Penetrode that Neck Chop will be turning into a 7″, this new split EP with Rash is a fine taste of Chicago punk in 2017. Rash’s heavy and brooding style of punk compliments C.H.E.W.’s ravenous tracks extremely well. Earlier this year, IFB Records released an EP for Rash, who keep churning out new songs.
“Two edgy, provocative and dynamic Chicago bands, each hammering through their songs with a single-minded intensity. C.H.E.W. submerge the occasional post-punk element into an aggressive and charging sonic fray, while RASH continue to screech and squall their way through their face-melting hardcore compositions. Both provide a loud and dark scream from the soul.” — Al Quint – Suburban Voice zine and Sonic Overload radio
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