Chief | 26/05/10

Image: Chief Walking Promo

Domino is proud to announce the arrival of the debut album from Chief, Modern Rituals, on 16th August 2010.

Two years ago the four members of Chief finished their stints at New York University and returned home to the US west coast, their suitcases stuffed full of soaring melodies, shimmering guitars, lovelorn lyrics and heart-stopping harmonies.

Chief’s Evan Koga (vocals/guitar), brothers Danny and Michael Fujikawa (on vocals/ guitar and drums, respectively) and Mike Moonves (bass) evoke a grand sense of nostalgia with their heartfelt melancholy. Written and recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Grammy winner Emery Dobyns, Modern Rituals has sunshine seeping through every note.

But if California is emanating from every crevasse then the resulting sound is as universal and world wearied as it gets. The album is thematic in its tales of romantic disappointments, left lovers and floundering emotions and the band’s musical touchstones include the great denimed romantics: Love, The Beach Boys, Neil Young and The Band.

Breaking Walls will be released as the first single on June 21st. You can listen to a stream of the track here:

Chief - Breaking Walls

For a flavour of the band live, here’s a link to some live footage of Chief performing 3 songs for Doublesixclub TV last summer:

Modern Rituals will be available on CD (WIGCD248), LP (WIGLP248) and via digital download (WIG248D). Full tracklisting is as follows:
1. The Minute I Saw it                  
2. Nothing’s Wrong                       
3. Wait For You                            
4. This Land                                 
5. Breaking Walls                          
6. In The Valley
7. Stealing
8. You Tell Me
9. Summer’s Day
10. Irish Song
11. Night And Day

The band will be performing live in the UK as follows:
25th June: London, Hyde Park, Hard Rock Calling with Pearl Jam
27th June: Glastonbury festival
9th July: Canterbury, Merton Farm, Lounge on the Farm Festival
10th July: Herefordshire: Nozstock
17th July: Suffolk, Latitude Festival


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Image: Breaking Walls Packshot