Written by: Matt Sloan
The Chills have announced they will release a new record in September.
Titled Snow Bound, the album is the follow up to 2015’s winning comeback Silver Bullets.
In a press release heralding the upcoming release, the band’s braintrust Martin Phillipps writes of the album’s thematic content: On Snow Bound lost heroes are lamented, relationships are re-evaluated, atonement is sought, mortality is mulled over and fake news is undercut. It’s serious stuff, the thoughts of a dysfunctional 50-something wrestling with maturity and discovering that their post-punk DIY beliefs still have a real voice that resonates between the fans of their early years and which can now pass down to the next generation.
Expanding on that, he added that he hopes the album is viewed as, “…a kind of Carole King Tapestry for aging punks.”
Of the legendary Dunedin outfit, SEM’s Alex Green once wrote: “The Chills are a perfect example of pop genius. I’d put singer/songwriter Martin Phillipps up there with everyone from XTC’s Andy Partridge to Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. Erudite, thoughtful and discursive, they remain one of the most potent, mysterious and infectious bands I’ve ever heard.”
Snow Bound is out September 14 via Fire Records.
Snow Bound Track Listing:
1. Bad Sugar
2. Time To Atone
3. The Greatest Guide
6. Deep Belief
7. Lord Of All I Survey
8. Snow Bound
9. Easy Peasy
10. In Harmony
The Chills Fall Tour Dates:
09/14 Hamilton, NZ – Altitude
09/15 Gisborne, NZ – The Dome
09/16 Hawke’s Bay, NZ – Haumoana Hall
09/20 CHCH, NZ – Blue Smoke
09/21 Dunedin, NZ – 50 Gorillas
09/22 Wanaka, NZ – Water Bar
09/27 Wellington, NZ – San Fran
09/28 New Plymouth, NZ – Mayfair Theatre
09/29 Palmerston North, NZ – The Globe
09/30 Paekakariki, NZ – St Peter’s Hall
10/04 Whangarei, NZ – Butter Factory
10/05 Leigh, NZ – Sawmill Cafe