By Pat Gunther
Baton Rouge’s most formidable surf rock duo, The Chambers recently released a 45 via Tess and Patrick Brunet’s Lagniappe Records DIY Label on March 17th. The two tracks are perfectly illustrative of Alex Abel’s transition into a new Zeppelin, Wolfmother and Jack White-influenced era full of contagious energy.
The opening track “Touchless Automatic,” features shredding guitar over barbaric pounding drums that quickly escalates into an all-out cochlear frenzy with Abel’s best Robert Plant impression cranking things up to 11. All around, the track is energetic, instrumentally dense, yet repetitive enough to lure any listener into a head banging lull in the best way possible.
On the b-side, “Bottoms Of My Feet” continues this wonderful old-school vibe that invokes a more bluesy influence than the side 1 cut. Abel’s vocals continue to steal the show, as the track sounds like an original amalgamation of his predecessors of mid-to-late 2000s hard rock, effectively throwing his hat into the ring where the belt is for the taking. By this logic, The Chambers only need to get their foot in the door before violently breaking in and never looking back.
However, this 7” release is a prime example of the symbiotic relationships Lagniappe has cultivated with it’s community. A fun, DIY indie label run by two music aficionados is sure to keep pressing and dishing out great little record store gifts like this. With such a quality 7” now under their belt, it’s becoming increasingly clear that Lagniappe Records is the coolest store in town.