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HEY, CHELS – ‘Hey, Chels’ EP Review

HEY, CHELS – Hey, Chels EP

Hey, ChelsSan Diego’s Hey, Chels have teamed up with \ La Escalera Records, Wiretap Records, and A-F Records, to release their latest EP on vinyl and the records ship in mid-February.

Consisting of Jacque Mendez (New Way On) on vocals and electric piano, Stephanie Presz (The Newports) on drums, Kevin White (Squarecrow) on guitar, and Ricky Schmidt (Western Settings) on bass, Hey, Chels will be out in support of the new self-titled EP which was engineered by Patrick Ryan Heaney (Cage The Elephant, Cold War Kids, The War On Drugs). The EP opens with the fuzzy, shoegaze of Sludge Town, USA with melodic vocals and some neat guitar licks producing a melodic indie-pop package.

Take Me Anywhere maintains the momentum as the guitars burrow into your very soul and the bass, drums and vocals hold the track together with melodies, harmonies and a super chorus marries the female lead and male backing vocals to produce a super package reminding me a little of Elastica and Suede.

With Dear Me, 2003 the pace is upped in a stuttering way where runaway sections meet quick stop/starts and I Know You Are But What Am I? returns to a slow, fuzzy guitar, melodic vocals before kicking up a notch or two to a heavier and faster approach with some big power chords and soaring vocals!

The penultimate track, Cross My Arms features a big bass, amiable guitars and a lovely chorus full of melody and hooks before the band close this six-pack with Bring Me Back A Souvenir where they display their signature melodic approach, tight drums and bass section and sun-drenched guitars supporting some super vocals leaving us mightily impressed here at towers!


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