“SONG FOR EWE”
with BRETT REAGAN of
“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is from the Atlanta, Georgia three piece psych crew Chew. Combining live instrumentation with samplers and analogue synth, they come on like Follakzoid imbibing peyote, or Moon Duo if instead of the Moon they were Tremors under the desert. The band are Brett Reagan on guitars and keys, Brandon Pittman on bass and Snare-uh Wilson on drum and they’ve got a 2nd EP coming called “A Fine Accoutrement” built to encapsulate the trio’s 3 year US tour in one mind bending mass. This’ll be their first release in the UK and we’re pleased to welcome to these earthly pages Brett Reagan!
Here’s a mind-melting taster from the EP…
And without further ado, it’s over to Brett from Chew and his “song for ewe” (soz, couldn’t resist the rhyming). And after Gaye Black from The Adverts chose some Scandi death metal, we go in for another bite at the decayed cherry…
“Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of Norwegian Black Metal. I don’t think anyone will ever come close to topping the epic “Freezing Moon” by Mayhem. The song starts pretty conventionally, but it’s the audio aesthetic that draws you in. It’s decrepit, it’s rotten, but there’s a beauty to the lo-fi production. As the song creeps toward the 2-minute mark, all hell breaks loose. Manheim starts to destroy the drums piece by piece at an alarming rate, and then we’re hit with Dead’s brutal delivery of vocals. Dead, would bury his clothes underground for a few days before performing, and you can almost hear that if you listen closely. “Freezing Moon” sounds like you dug a record out of the ground, dusted it off and hit play… and I absolutely love it.
There’s so much history behind Mayhem and the whole Norwegian black metal scene. They were a bunch of kids who were all trying to outdo each other that ended in total chaos. Try as you might, but there wasn’t much left of a scene to be had in the wake of “Freezing Moon”.”
THANKS TO BRETT AND SEAN NEWSHAM AT MUTANTE