Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Suede Chain: Best of Two Worlds and Complexity, Too

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Suede Chain: Best of Two Worlds and Complexity, Too

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SOME ROCK BANDS have the ability to roar, to create a rumbling, menacing blast of dark, thick sounds, to conjure up images of the three witches of "Macbeth" stirring their bubbling cauldrons. Some rock bands have the ability to sound lighthearted, playful, as if they were little children romping in fields of flowers. The Suede Chain inhabits both worlds, sometimes consecutively, sometimes simultaneously.

Originally based in Collinsville, the Suede Chain has been hanging around the St. Louis new music scene for a number of years. A recent move to Champaign, Ill., has done little to slow down their local gigs, nor did it disallow their appearance on the now out-of-print "Pointessential Vol. 1" CD. An edited version of their song, "Daisy Dawn," has received considerable airplay on the Point (KPNT-FM, 105.7), and the band appeared at the CD release party for the disc, held last month at Mississippi Nights.

I walked into that show cold, with no expectations about this band, which I had never heard before, and I left impressed. Here was a band combining the sounds of contemporary, alternative rock with an intriguing sense of song structure and high standards of musicianship.

I've been playing "Ripplemark," the debut full-length CD from the Suede Chain on the Mud Records label, for a little more than a week, and my delight in their music has only grown. Passages from their songs bounce around in my head, an instrumental hook here, a densely harmonized vocal chorus there, a swirling maelstrom of low end one minute, a tip-toeing run on the high strings of a violin the next.

Six people form the Suede Chain, with a basic instrumental line-up of two guitars, bass, drums, cello and violin. Live and on record, the group dabbles in other instruments, to particularly good effect when the second guitarist switches to saxophone.The band thus has a wider palette of sounds to choose from, and they seem interested in exploring as many combinations as possible. …

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