CHUMPS: Self-titled: LP

Chumps play fuzzed-out rock with pop sensibilities. Riffs are catchy while maintaining a weird edginess to them. I detect a bit of grunge influence hiding in here, which, combined with the fuzziness, makes me think of the early ‘90s. Vocals are sung-shouted, but never screamed, with lyrics which read like crazed beat poetry mixed with punk nihilism. The weirdness of this band is just right to get those with more discerning taste interested, but their songs are just polished enough to have a bit of commercial appeal. It’s not my favorite release from Forge Records, but it’s still worth checking out.

 –Paul J. Comeau (Forge, [email protected])