Chore – The Coastaline Fire LP

October 28, 2016 in releases

Natives of Dunnville ON but finding their spiritual home and building their primary fan base in Hamilton, Chore occupied the heavier side of Canadian indie rock in the late 90s/early 00s. The group mixed the power of Helmet, the intelligence of Fugazi with the majesty of Sunny Day Real Estate to create an eccentric sound of their own. After releasing two wildly eclectic records with Brian Pettigrew on bass guitar, founding members David Dunham (drums/vox) Chris Bell (guitar/vox) and Mike Bell (guitar/bass) made a drastic switch by recruiting Mitch Bowden (guitar/vox) for their third and final offering, The Coastaline Fire. Released to critical acclaim in 2002, The Costaline Fire saw the band sharing the stage with such luminaries as The Dismemberment Plan, Shiner, and Rheostatics while they also made friends with such ‘soon to be successful’ peers as Constantines, Alexisonfire and Wintersleep. These days, Mike and Chris can be seen and heard in Customaries, Dave drums for Not Of and makes electronic music under the moniker of DAVIDS, while Mitch is at the helm of his own project, Don Vail.

Label Obscura has exhumed Chore’s swan song and given it new life as a 180 gram double LP with gatefold jacket featuring updated artwork and liner notes along with 5 previously unreleased songs; 3 of their own, recorded shortly before their dissolution, and 2 covers, recorded shortly after Mitch joined.

The release comes with three colour combo options : 150 classic black vinyl, 100 orange / blue vinyl, and 50 black / orange vinyl.

Please enjoy!

The emotional textures of the album flow in a continual wave, gradually building from sparse and melancholy to loud and angry, or breaking out abruptly on the sense

ECHO Magazine

Their stylistic tug-of-war ultimately proves that rewards are most rewarding when they come with a struggle

EYE Weekly

Small-town Ontarians Chore succeed in the seemingly paradoxical task of making loud, heavy music elegant

NOW Magazine

You’d be wise to use Chore as a starting point in the diversification of your record collection and listening habits.

Metal Maniacs


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