Artist info

Genre

Pop, Punk, Rock


Sounds like

Olivia Rodrigo, Sam Fender, Machine Gun Kelly, Foo Fighters


band members

Schuyler Boe, Cooper Fenton, Imogen Cosby, Olivia Boland, Sebastian Dayrit, Batu Celebi, Phoebe Lawlor, Tia Stratilas


Influences

Neck Deep, Peach Pit, Death by Denim, Camp Cope


Unearthed artists we like

Teenage Joans, The Sunday Estate, Seathru


Bio

ChIPS is a peer support program that runs across Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network for young people aged 12-25 years living with a chronic condition that affects their day-to-day lives. The aim of the program is to connect young people with shared experiences and provide them with opportunities for developing leadership and life skills through workshops, advocacy, public speaking and creative collaborations.

"Wake Up Call", the debut release by ChIPS, was written through a series of Zoom conversations with singer-songwriter and fellow health activist Luke Escombe. What emerged most strongly from these conversations was the common frustration the young people felt at not being listened to by the adults in their lives; at being told "you should do this" or “you need to do this” or being made to feel that they were helpless, incapable or in need of fixing. They also spoke about "the mask" they felt compelled to wear in society in order to appear “normal”, and how exhausting and lonely it is to live behind.

The track was recorded at Free Energy Device Studios in Sydney with lead vocals by ChIPS member Sky Boe. A music video and making-of documentary, produced by We Wrote That and funded by Accessible Arts and Create NSW, accompany the release.

Review

Wake Up Call

ChIPS

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

11 Aug 2021

Triple J
35

A clammering power pop track that packs an emotional punch. Totally here for the ChIPS crew reclaiming their stories.

A clammering power pop track that packs an emotional punch. Totally here for the ChIPS crew reclaiming their stories.