Chaser’s New LP Is A Real Contender For Any Critic’s Year-End “Best Of” Lists

Courtesy: Thousand Islands Records/Soundspeed Records/SBAM Records/Pee Records

Less than a year after releasing its latest studio recording, Look Alive, surf punk rock band Chaser is scheduled to return with another, longer record this week.  The band is scheduled to release its new album Dreamers Thursday through Thousand Islands Records/Soundspeed Records/SBAM Records/Pee Records.  The 13-song record is a presentation that will appeal widely among the band’s established audience base and to surf and pop punk fans alike.  That is proven in part through the recording’s musical arrangements.  They will be discussed shortly.  The lyrical content that accompanies the record’s musical arrangements play into the album’s appeal in its own way.  It will be discussed a little later.  The album’s production puts the finishing touch to its presentation and will also be discussed later.  When it is considered with the record’s overall content, the production in whole becomes a record that is certain to appeal to lots of listeners.

Chaser’s new forthcoming album Dreamers is a powerful new recording that will appeal widely to punk fans in general.  That is proven from beginning to end of its 38-minute presentation.  The appeal is due in part to the album’s featured musical arrangements.  The arrangements are important to note because while Chaser is generally classified as a surf punk style band, the arrangements featured here also exhibit some pop punk influence.  The surf punk influence is evident right from the album’s outset in ‘Fight of Our Lives.  However, it does not take long for the noted pop punk influence to come into play.  It shows up in the album’s third entry, ‘Good Times.’  The arrangement here immediately lends itself to comparison to pop punk acts, such as New Found Glory, All Time Low, and Sum 41 to a slightly lesser degree.  That is made clear through the harmonies and melodies in the pairing of the bass and guitar, and the catchy melodies in the vocals.  The stylistic approach changes just enough from one song to the next, to ensure listeners remain engaged and entertained.  The energy never lets off too much from one song to the next, either.  The whole makes the record’s musical content (and its related sequencing) a strong starting point to the record’s presentation.  It is just one of the elements that makes Dreamers a positive new offering from Chaser, too.  The lyrical content that accompanies the album’s musical arrangements adds to the record’s appeal in its own way.

The lyrical content featured in Dreamers because of its variety.  Some of the lyrical themes featured in this album are familiar social commentaries presented in easily accessible fashion.  Other content is meant to uplift listeners.  Case in point is the theme of the album’s title track.  The band explained the concept within ‘Dreamers’ in a prepared statement.  The statement reads in regards to the song’s lyrical theme, “It’s a dedication to those who have persevered through personal struggles and misfortune to continue chasing their dreams. Influenced by our loved ones, it’s an appreciation of how much they have inspired us to grow and to do better in our own lives to keep a positive perspective.”  That is evidenced right from the song’s outset which states, “No one said life would be fair/Could only promise I’ll be there/Through the thick and then/With God as my witness/Testament of bravery/Redefining tragedy/Despite the odds/We’re never giving in/You taught us not to be afraid/You proved that love would never fade/The answer was always your gift…I hope that every day you choose to live.”  That powerful lead statement in itself is certain to resonate with any listener.  The same can be said of the song’s second verse, which states, “Through the darkness you have grown/Conquering the world you know/Traveled on the roads with nothing but your faith/Searching for your destiny/Chasing all your wildest dreams…And now we’re out here on our own…I hope every day you choose to live.”  Not all of the lyrics can be deciphered here without a lyrics sheet, but the overall message is clear.  It is a message of support, hope and optimism.  It is something that again, will connect with a wide range of listeners.  When that positive message is paired with the song’s equally catchy pop punk musical arrangement, it will resonate with listeners even more.  It is just one example of what makes the album’s lyrical content important to examine.  ‘A New Direction’ is another key example of the lyrics’ importance.

‘A New Direction’ takes the more noted socially conscious approach in its lyrical content.  Originally featured in the band’s 2018 album Sound The Sirens, this song’s lyrical theme is one of those familiar songs that calls for social action.  This is evidenced in the song’s lead verse, which states in part, “Society is coming unglued/We’re ticking time bombs/Long overdue.”  The mentions in the second verse of “mind slavery” and feeding “the wolves their own agendas” is a powerful statement in itself.  The cry in the chorus, “Take the reins/This is your tomorrow/Be the change/be the one we follow…we are in for one hell of a ride” adds even more to that statement.  The added note that “you have a purpose in this life” will motivate listeners even more.  Between all of this and the rest of the song’s lyrical content, the noted call to action becomes increasingly clear.  What’s more, it avoids coming across in any preachy fashion, but rather in an infectious, encouraging fashion.  When that powerful message and presentation is paired with the song’s equally powerful musical arrangement, the song gains that much more impact.  It is just one more way in which the album’s lyrical themes prove so important to its whole.  ‘Always With You,’ which come late in the album’s run, is one more example of what makes the album’s lyrical content so important to its whole.

The lyrical theme featured in ‘Always With You’ is another uplifting message.  Right from the song’s outset, it states, “The best is yet to come or so they say/And I become even  more proud of you with every passing day…we’ll take this  ride together through the lows and highs…Do your best…just know I’m with  you until the very end/This is your time…Just know you’ll make a difference.”  Some of the content here is, again, difficult to decipher.  That aside, the overall message is clear.  This is, again, a message of support from one person to another.  It is a message that a parent can use for a child.  It is a message that a friend can use for another friend.  It can even be used for one spouse to another.  That is how far-reaching it is and how positive it is.  It is another wonderful, uplifting statement that shows once again how much power is in the lyrical themes in this record.  When it is considered along with the other themes noted here and the rest of the album’s lyrical themes, that overall lyrical content here leaves no doubt as to its importance.  When all of that content is considered along with the record’s overall musical content, that mass makes for that much more appeal.  It is collectively just one more way in which the album proves itself such a welcome new offering from Chaser.  The record’s production puts the finishing touch to its presentation.

Dreamers’ production is important to discuss because of its impact on the record’s general presentation.  Considering how much is going on in each of the album’s featured songs in terms of instrumentation and energy, it would have been easy for the album to get bogged down in itself.  The vocals and instrumentations could easily have gotten lost among themselves, ergo losing the impact and sound.  Thankfully that did not happen here.  Rather, it is clear that the utmost attention was paid to each song to ensure every element was balanced.  That time and effort paid off from one song to the next.  The result is that the songs’ arrangements are expertly balanced.  What’s more, the subtleties in the stylistic approach and sound from one song to the next are just clear enough to create its own appeal.  The end result is a record whose production gives listeners just as much to appreciate here as in the record’s overall content.  All things considered, the production and content collectively makes Dreamers a welcome return from Chaser and a valid candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new albums and rock albums.

Chaser’s new album, Dreamers is the kind of presentation of which any rock fan dreams.  Yes, that awful pun was intended.  That is proven in part through its musical arrangements.  The arrangements in question give listeners the best of the surf punk and pop punk realms.  Every song is comparable to works within both subgenre’s realms from so many other listeners.  That familiarity is certain to engage and entertain listeners in its own way.  The uplifting and socially conscious lyrical themes that accompany the album’s musical arrangements add their own appeal to the album’s presentation.  The record’s production puts the finishing touch to its presentation, bringing everything together.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make Dreamers a work that will appeal to any punk rock fan and a work that will hold its own at year’s end when critics put in their “best of” lists.  Dreamers is scheduled for release Thursday through Thousand Islands Records/Soundspeed Records/SBAM Records/Pee Records. 

More information on Chaser’s new album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://chaserpunkrock.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/chaserband

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/chaserband

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