Chase the Moment - Oceanliner
Record Label: All About Records
Release Date: August 25th, 2009
Pissed off kids with instruments exist all across the land; it's just that Wyoming is the last place people would think to look. Because the state is a cultural black hole, it has managed to deter societal niches like authentic suburbanite neighborhoods, good restaurants, and a strong music scene. Nonetheless, a handful of clever, hard working groups break free of the sagebrush stranglehold and pose themselves for success. Chase the Moment is as aggressive with their D.I.Y. mantra as they are with their songwriting; they are mastering the skill of making something with grassroots ideologies. With their first release, Oceanliner, the Cheyenne four piece is ready to walk up the staircase to the national stage.
Chase the Moment relies on modern influences ranging from Hot Water Music to A Wilhelm Scream while utilizing punk rock style marketing techniques. The concepts shine through at times, yet Oceanliner seems to be more of a stumbling block than a true debut. At first listen, it may come across as sophomoric, but the resounding qualities shine through. Front-man Chris Chavez snarls into the microphone like an old pro from the start of the release, yet is capable of stepping back for a minute to croon on how substance abuse can serve as a sleeping aid. Rarely does a bassist stand out so prominently in a punk band, but Alex Kirby proves a quintessential piece with each driving note. Moments of absolute lucidity like the breakdown of "Friends and Foes" are welcome respite that amplifies the intensity that carries the record. Should their facility to write and record become slightly more refined and their worth ethic maintain a manic pace, Chase the Moment could become a long-standing cult favorite.