The blistering new tracks on this EP, THEY CALL ME CHESTER, show that Chicago Punk veteran Chester Vomit hasn’t slowed down any. In fact, he plays faster than ever. All four tracks sport break-neck tempos, suggesting that Chester’s well-publicized caffeine addiction has spiraled out of control.
Chester Vomit and The Dry Heaves have had a prolific thirty-five year career, interrupted only by a brief twenty-seven year hiatus. This new EP follows their acclaimed 2010 full-length CD, MACHETE IN THE GARDEN; which followed Rave Up Records’ 2008 vinyl EP, STUNK ROCKER; which was actually recorded in 1978.
The new songs feature Chester on lead croakals, guitar, and a few other myriad loud instruments. And returning are two surviving Dry Heaves from the MACHETE IN THE GARDEN album: youthful lead guitarist PAT ATTACK, a classically-trained composer and metal and hip hop guitarist who has ably downgraded to the Stunk Rock style; and BUDDY RETCH, a grizzled veteran drummer who once gigged with Buddy Guy, and grapples with a candy cigarette habit.
On the opening title song, THEY CALL ME CHESTER, Mr. Attack perpetrated undue influence on Chester. While the instrumentation and tempo are pure Punk, the lyrics and structure are Hip Hop narcissism, as well as a nod to Theme From The Monkees. The second track, I HAD A LOUSY TIME WITH YOU, could describe a typical date with Chester. Next up is I FEEL GREASY, whose meaning slips our grasp, but sports an incendiary guitar solo by Pat Attack. The mini-set ends with a two-and-a-half minute minor-keyed epic parable, CONGA LINE TO RUIN.
So purchase this racket now, because these dudes aren’t getting any younger, and you’ll want to brag to your friends that you were legally downloading Chester Vomit and The Dry Heaves while they were still at the peak of their performance level.