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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Chow Nasty
Super (Electrical) Recordings
Omega

Rating: 6.5/10 ?


June 12, 2007
San Francisco has proffered a lot of interesting music throughout the years, and many of the tunes coming out of the city by the Bay have been pushing the boundaries of popular music. To that list of genre-bending artists you can add Chow Nasty, who have recently exploded on the peninsular city's music scene, having been nominated as the Best Electronic/Experimental Band in the Bay Area, by the SF Weekly.

With their own blend of both funky and punky party rock they've gathered quite a following, and with the release of their full length debut Super (Electrical) Recordings the group is set on widening their fan base even further. In order to do so, Chow Nasty hooked up with beatmeister Peanut Butter Wolf in order to get the sound just right. Super (Electrical) Recordings marks Wolf's first time at the helm of a predominantly rock record, and this treading on terra incognito unfortunately shines through a bit on the finished product.

At times the songs are a bit shaky, and some of the beats feel like they're just plugged in and put on repeat. To boot, Chow Nasty's sound is one that is undoubtedly more suited to a live setting, and without that in-person fervor to buoy them a lot of the songs feel very much alike when listening to the album. Hearing them live, with a few beers resting peacefully in your belly, it's another story; in a setting where drunkenness is accepted, their music is ace.

Furthermore, sometimes the level of craziness going on in Chow Nasty's sound borders on overkill; it gets a bit hysteric at times, and one is often left with the feeling that leaving the room for a little breather would be a good idea. However, in the midst of all the excess lie some very good songs. "Ungawa" is the most prominent of these good tunes, and I'm not the first person to say that the chant in "Ungawa" is so infectious that it will stay on repeat inside your head for days.

"A Tale of Two Titties" is another song that stands out from the crowd on Super (Electrical) Recordings, a nice little electroclashy number resting on a funky rock riff base. Even in the face of "Ungawa," it is the album's most prominent party song - complete with the lyrics "Come over here and get the party started." To put it simply, it's a party starter. Since it has those lyrics in it. And because it's a good song. With those lyrics. Understood?

Chow Nasty is a band that works best live, but Super (Electrical) Recordings can serve it's purpose at any party with a reasonable number of drunken heads. That's a prerequisite for really enjoying this record; you need to be drunk.

Reviewed by Daniel Svanberg
A contributing writer for LAS, Daniel Svanberg now lives in Boston, far far away from Sweden, where he once lived, although the weather is the same.

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