Thunderous pop doom Gigs at at myspace.com/chaingangpower DO IT "Taking the lead from the darker spectrum of '70s punk, CHAINGANG straddle the line between indie and punk, much like their contemporaries Die! Die! Die! and Young and Restless, though they do it with a slight touch of morosity; almost Nick Cave in its darkness" - Who The Hell "Oh boy, help me regain my balance. CHAINGANG's Get Off My Stage is the sort of song you just want to spin around and around to — endlessly, mindlessly..." - Lost At E Minor "Sounds like the spastic, brash bar band rock that was Joan Jett or the Runaways mixed with the tribal delight of Siouxsie & the Banshees... Gothic Blondie. I dunno. It's rad, it's rockin', it's flailing down the streets with pants down, it's hooting and hollering, kicking and screaming. Let me go and bang my head to this stuff - maybe you all should follow suit" - Bibabidi "A lively bunch to say the least. Their music throbs with energy, dark energy - from the pounding drums, growling guitars and murmuring bass line, down to the fantastic vocal antics by singer Hayley. A bit of pop, 70's punk and some Gothic rock all mixed into one - these guys are sure to speed up your heart rate quite a bit. Just listen to the brilliant 'Get Off My Stage', and you'll know exactly what I mean" - Rock Sellout
Thunderous pop doom from the most deranged and restless showponies you'll find in Sydney!
Can you tell us how you developed your sound?
It came together really quickly - we wrote the songs on our Unearthed page within about a month. The secret? Putting a metal drummer, blues guitarist, hardcore bassist and a pop singer in a room together - and not trying to get along haha. Luckily we all see eye to eye when it comes to this band, even though we diss each other's iPod contents a fair bit.
How long have you been together - where did you find each other?
We've been together about seven months now, though it feels weird to think we weren't doing this in 2006. Dan hit me up on MySpace - I was looking for bandmates and he liked what I was doing. Mike and I played together in our last band, and we met Skarlett through an awesome mutual friend.
You played Acer Arena with Panic at the Disco??
Yep, and it was insane. To go from playing little Sydney venues to a stadium with thousands of screaming kids was the single most exciting and humbling thing that's ever happened to us. We were ridiculously lucky to get that gig, especially considering our music isn't really in the whole 'Panic' demographic, although they picked us for it. Still pinching ourselves about that one. Cobra Starship and The Academy Is... were fierce as well, my horizons were definitely broadened that night.
What's coming up in the future?
A lot of fun and probably not enough sleep! A lot of shows, a lot of recording and an EP out in December, or an album if we win Lotto/suddenly become amazing self-engineers.
Australian music is?
Kicking ass - it's so rad how people overseas are all into Australian acts right now and want to embrace all of it and give everything a go.View Profile Hide Interview
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