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megaton robotic apple pie

by Chinaski

Combining the driving rhythms and guitar barrage of early 90's alternative rock with a dark song writing style that often falls just to the left of mainstream sensibilities, CHINASKI has a simple approach to rock, that rock itself shouldn't be so simple.
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1. Frontline CHINASKI
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2. Troubled CHINASKI
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3. Numbered Days CHINASKI
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4. Whiskey Song CHINASKI
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5. Highway 61 CHINASKI
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6. One More Lie CHINASKI
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7. What You Wanted CHINASKI
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8. Tijuana CHINASKI
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9. There Is A Place CHINASKI
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10. Weight Of The World CHINASKI
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
CHINASKI is a literary character created by Charles Bukowski. He valued alcohol and the madmen and women of the world. He lived to create and illuminate the underbelly of Los Angeles. Disgusted with the mundane and conventional people surrounding him, he left his readers with a cleansing honesty. That honesty is reflected in the music of this band.

On their newest CD "megaton robotic apple pie", indie-rock heroes CHINASKI deliver another infectious, signature album with crunchy low end guitars, interwoven bass lines, and thunderous drumming. With wide-ranging influences and qualities explained by the band as, "the threatening crunch of Sabbath, the spring-coil tightness and groove of the Jesus Lizard, and the atmospherics of the Doors," the band reaches far beyond the typical rock genre to a place that can only be understood through sound.

The songs on the album range from the darkly jazz-inflected groove of "There Is A Place" featuring Lomet's dramatic vocal presence, the angular and explosively blues-tinged "Highway 61", the strummy and harmony-laden "One More Lie", and the aggressive driving darkness and operatic fury of "Frontline." The lyrics hint at politics, but could also be personal. The words lining the songs are neither directive nor dogmatic. No message blares forth. And yet, its understood.

The massive low end of their sound comes from the chunky bottom of Cudahy's guitar, paired with McCoy's bass lines, and anchored by Weinstein's sinewy drumming. It's a sonic foundry of thick guitars and pounding rhythms set off by a straight-shooting lead vocal. CHINASKI rocks with more power and finesse than bands twice their size and wattage, which when all is said and done, really is the bottom line.

Combining the driving rhythms and guitar barrage of early 90's alternative rock with a song-writing style that falls just left of the mainstream, CHINASKI has a simple approach to rock... that rock itself shouldn't be so simple.

Instrumentation
Bruce Lomet: Vocals & Guitar
Dan Cudahy: Guitar
Collyn McCoy: Bass Guitar
Dave Weinstein: Drums

Discography
You Might Like This Better Than Me (2001)
Megaton Robotic Apple Pie (2005)

All Songs are now available on iTunes

*Check out the video for "Highway 61" @ MySpace.


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Anarchy

A delicious slice of fresh original music, Eat it up!
Chinaski has put it altogether on this album.
The bands arrangments are fresh and crunchy in all the right places. Cudahy's guitar work is exceptional.
Take this one on the road and crank it!

Fritz Siegrist

Top Notch!
I got the disc the other day and have been listening to it non-stop! What amazes me is the wide variety of sound that they have managed to incorporate into the different songs - punk, pearl jam, cult, pixies (there is a place- love
that). The mixing and production are awesome as well- top notch!

READ Magazine

Good Songwriting
CHINASKI have a downtempo, minor-key, crunchy sound that gives them a suitable aura of menace that works well with their indie-pop sensibilities. They seem to strangely border between indie-pop and grunge, and yet it sounds good, which is testament to good songwriting and their great use of minor chords to produce ear-pleasing and catchy riffs.

UtterTrash.net

Somewhere along the way, some great alternative rock got forgotten.
Somewhere along the way, some great alternative rock got forgotten. Not that post-Seattle, B.S. "alt" corporate schtick, but real alternative music. Once upon a time, bands like The Replacements, R.E.M., and The Smithereens worked the underground touring circuit making great, memorable progressive pop that could both stimulate the mind and motivate the dance floor. But somewhere along the way, this scene faded, with only R.E.M. being an arena shadow of their former selves. The guys in Chinaski haven't forgotten, however, and their latest CD, ‘Megaton Robotic Apple Pie’, picks up where those old bands left off, the Gods bless them! This album is a wonderful exercise in progressive/alt songwriting, with memorable melodies and punchy rhythms. The album kicks off in grand style with “Frontline”, a rollicking political rant that will set your foot tapping. The rest of the album rocks as well, with “One More Lie” providing a softer respite from the rest of the riff-fest on the album. This album really grew on me, and I invite you to let it grow on you, too. (Taliesin Govannon)

Smother.net

Chinaski brings back the focus
EDITOR'S PICK: Named after a Charles Bukowski character, Chinaski writes clever indie rock tunes that draw attention to their Jesus Lizard influence. These days most people write off those great years when Jesus Lizard was busy writing amazing groove-heavy music grabbers as non-Nirvana events that we shouldn’t focus on. But Chinaski brings back the focus like a clever cameraman working for Stanley Kubrick. Mathematically precise and jazzy, with a smoky café guitar tone, they’re briskly basking in that retreating wave of past alternative music, when alternative actually meant something.

Whisperin & Hollerin

Quite an exciting musical set-up with which to thrill us all
As befits their genre de choix CHINASKI absolutely love staccato sequences of minor chords, crunching them out on their guitars like an elephant stomping over countless packets of Snap, Crackle and Pop. Opener ‘Frontline’ sets the template for the album with said guitar work, punctuated and restless drumming, incessant tempo changes and CNN meets MTV meets PS2 informed lyrics that propound ‘Gaza to the West, Ramallah to the East….Running through the mine field, RPG in hand / Aiming for the indolent pretender also-ran / Bent girders on the ground, sheepherders on the sky / Welcome to the homeland, now secure yourself to die.” While the majority of the lyrics seek out the negatives, musically they offer a surprisingly high ratio of positive melodies within their musical Molotov cocktail that is far more West Coast and blue skies. In fact they’re not particularly heavy in a metal kind of way, serving up that kind of bright rock sound that is more akin to the Chilli Peppers and Janes Addiction as opposed to the subterranean riff-mongering of the likes of Sabbath who they cite as an influence. ‘Highway 61’, one of the album’s stand out tracks, the acoustic ‘One More Lie’ and the album’s final brace of ‘There Is A Place’ and ‘Weight Of The World’ extend this refined sound to include the mature rockisms of Bob Mould - with whose voice Bruce Lomet’s vocals has distinct parallels - both the solo artist and in his work with Sugar.

Rocktip.de

One is reminded strongly and pleasantly of the "Dead Kennedys".
With the first sounds of "Frontline", one is reminded strongly and pleasantly of the good old "Dead Kennedys". The style remains CHINASKI however, and above all it's a cool way to start this great album. The album is very diverse, with interesting song structures and a strong singer. Highlights: "Frontline," "Troubled," "Whiskey Song," and the astonishing ballad "One More Lie".

Music Underwater

An album that just isn’t afraid to rock out.
Between all of the albums that were forwarded to me during Music Underwater’s hiatus, I was the most excited about this one. Jesus Lizard influence? Early 90’s alternative rock sound? This could not fail, because this is the sort of rock I loved so much that nobody was fucking playing.

As far as openers go, they sure as hell deliver on the prospects they raised in those comparisons. “Frontline” is a killer, frantic, and heavy piece of rock mayhem. Just listen to the lyrics - “Strappin’ on the semtex, driving in the nails/Running to the bus stop to catch a ride to Hell/God fearers to the left, scene-stealers to the right/Smile for the camera, babe, you’re looking dynamite.” Does that not epitomize rock or what? There’s something laughably absurd about the imagery “Frontline” presents, just as there’s something sinister, and everything falls into a weird sort of place that’s been missing from pure rock albums. It’s as tongue-in-cheek as it is brutal, and that’s the way to suck somebody in. You never know what to expect.

“Trouble” starts out slow, but throttles into a killer chorus of “You can’t stop me now!” It may not be completely original, but it’s a hell of a lot more fun to listen to than The Arcade Fire. Singer Bruce Lomet’s passionate vocals make the most clichéd line of lyrical angst sound as threatening as the devil’s music of old. This ain’t Linkin Park, kiddies. “Numbered Days” calls Fugazi, “Whiskey Song” is a funk-tinged slaughterhouse of sludge (with the album’s catchiest chorus), and “Highway 61” hits the album’s rolling, guitar-driven peak.

The entire first half of Megaton Robotic Apple Pie is so strong, so full of nonstop rock pieces that the second half pales a bit in comparison. “One More Lie” is a noble attempt at an acoustic-driven number that comes off a bit too nu-metal ballad for my tastes, although when it gets heavy near the end, it’s a flawless transition that separates these boys from the Finger Elevens on the world. “What You Wanted” is a bit of a disjointed stab at math-rock, and while “Tijuana” picks things up a tad, only the explosive closer “Weight of the World” matches the intensity of the album’s first half.

Of course, there’s nothing bad about Megaton Robotic Apple Pie at all. The album’s first five songs take their influences to the batting cages. For anybody who’s looking to hear an album that just isn’t afraid to rock out, Chinaski will meet your expectations for the most part, and for the first bits, exceed them tremendously. Check it out, rock crusaders.

Glasswerk.co.uk

An Aggressive Dark Affair
‘Megaton Robotic Apple Pie’ is the latest album by American rockers Chinaski. Chinaski create heavy and dark rock. ‘Frontline’, the album opener, starts with deranged guitars before launching into an aggressive dark affair. The track is reminiscent of stoner-rock favourites Kyuss by being quite heavy and operatic. ‘Whiskey Song’ is the one of the album’s funkiest tracks off the album and features impressive weaving bass-lines. ‘One More Lie’ shows the band in a different light with an acoustic harmony-laden song. The track is one of the album’s highlights with great hooks and catchy melodies. ‘Megaton Robotic Apple Pie’ features great instrumentation and interesting ideas.