THIS IS MY VOICE NEW CD - 2019
7 new original songs and 4 covers in true Chocolate Watchband style. 1. Secret Rendezvous 2. Judgement Day 3. This Is My Voice 4. Trouble Everyday (Zappa)
5. Take A Ride 6. Talk Talk (Music Machine) 7. Bed 8. Bombay Pipeline 9. Desolation Row 10. Can't Seem to Make You Mine (Seeds) 11. Till the Daylight Comes
This Is My Voice - Dirty Water Records
There are a few recurring themes in this week’s Notable Releases. One is that, in the same way Candlemass returned to reclaim their status as an influential and still-relevant band in the doom metal genre, The Chocolate Watchband have returned to do just that for psychedelic garage rock. Currently popular acts like Ty Segall and King Gizzard wouldn’t exist without the influence of The Chocolate Watchband and their peers, and the Watchband waste no time proving that their new music rivals the modern bands they’ve influenced. “Secret Rendezvous,” the first track on The Chocolate Watchband’s first album in 19 years, opens with a slithery guitar riff that kicks as much ass as just about any garage rock riff to come out in recent memory. When longtime lead vocalist David Aguilar starts singing, he proves he hasn’t lost his snarl one bit. From there, This Is My Voice explores tripped-out, raga-inspired psychedelia (“Judgement Day,” “Bombay Pipeline”), swaggering, Bo Diddley Beat garage rock (“Take A Ride”), whimsical psych-pop (“Bed”), psych-folk (a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Desolation Row”), and more, and they include nods to their fellow OG psych peers with faithful covers of The Seeds’ “I Can’t Seem To Make You Mine” and The Music Machine’s “Talk Talk.” As with Candlemass, This Is My Voice sounds a bit more greyed than The Chocolate Watchband’s classics (like their timeless 1967 debut No Way Out), but it’s pretty impressive how solid it does sound. And, with lyrical themes that take on Trump-era America, it’s not entirely stuck in the past. Also, as The Chocolate Watchband’s first album in 19 years, This Is My Voice not only brings the Watchband into the era of Ty Segall and King Gizzard, it also reminds you that this band were pioneers of the last garage rock moment too. Their last album Get Away came out in 2000, just before Jack White and his peers made garage rock more popular than it had ever been, and records like No Way Out were a clear predecessor to that movement too. None of it would have happened had bands like The Chocolate Watchband not paved the way, and it feels truly triumphant that they’re still banging out psych/garage burners over 50 years later.