Saturday, February 18, 2006

Chin Up Chin Up

Photo by Chris Strong

Chicago, IL's Chin Up Chin Up began life in 2001, formed by guitarists Jeremy Bolen and Nathan Snydacker, and soon joined by percussionist Chris Dye and bassist Chris Saathoff, then (after the release of their debut EP in January 2002) by keyboardist Greg Sharp. Extensive touring with the likes of the America Analog Set, Broken Social Scene and the Appleseed Cast was drawing a lot of positive attention to the band and things were looking rosy. However, the band suffered a tragic loss when Chris Saathoff was killed by a hit-and-run driver while walking home from a show. For the ensuing months the rest of the band spent a lot of time together, mourning the loss of their friend, with music the last thing on their mind. They later decided to continue working on the album, keeping the bass lines Chris had recorded as intact as possible, with Nathan playing the remaining bass lines almost in homage to his friend's style.

Photo by Martha Williams

The album We Should Have Never Lived Like We Were Skyscrapers was finally released on Flameshovel Records and is available, along with the band's self-titled EP, from the label's online store. Chin Up Chin Up are currently working on their second full-length release, due to come out on Suicide Squeeze later this year. For more information and to listen to more of their material, go to the Chin Up Chin Up website and MySpace page.

MP3: We Should Have Never Lived Like We Were Skyscrapers

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