Chromeo-diddely-umptious!!!

So as summer starts to fade into the distance and become something to be reminisced upon in the categories of time, along comes another album by the 80’s obsessed & infectously fun sounding Chromeo. The Montreal, Quebec natives known as Chromeo are P-Thugg and Dave 1 and together these two unlikely characters create a fresh re imagining of a sound that is so familiar to so many of my generation.

The thing about Chromeo is in my opinion, they get everything right- they are effortlessly cool and remarkably current (confirming how the 80’s are a big deal right now in fashion and music… and unfortunately movie remakes!)

The reason for me writing this is the visual aspect of this duo- the artwork is as good as the music and both complement each other perfectly. I absolutely love it when a band fusses graphics with music, speaking as a person who would regularly purchase music purely due to the strength of the artwork in which it came!

Slick, eye catching and well executed is how I would describe it, Chromeo also use the reoccuring themes associated with the album art through out each albums tour and single release process. There is obviously a firm ‘tongue in cheek’ humor present in all they do.

As much as I want these guys to be huge, ever since discovering them on a tiny stage early in the afternoon 5 years ago at the Reading festival, I’ve held them dear to me as a band no one else had heard of- it felt like they were mine! Rightly so they are now breaking through to the mainstream and I’m sure this new album will propel them even further .

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About High Velocity Trifle

My friends call me Sammy Lee but I was born Lee Tomlinson, I play drums in loads of bands and have done since I was 12, music is an obsession of mine, I try to balance it with my other love which is design; digital / hand drawn illustration / photography / video... I love to be creative and get excited when I see other peoples clever use of imagery, whether it be a piece of graffiti, a billboard, a magazine advertisement, brand logo design, an original/against the grain adornment of style, not to mention a well executed shamrock in the head of a pint of Guinness... What? Music and design share many similarities and as a working musician and design degree student I intend on creating work that depicts this as I try to establish myself as a graphic designer. I studied graphic design at ND level after leaving school and since then I have concentrated my efforts on playing music- this has been frustrating to say the least but also given me some incredible moments to cherish- I have some road stories and varied success with a few artists. The music industry leaves you with a very sour, synthetic taste after a while... Kinda like Sambuca but less flammable, but I was fortunate to record in many of London's legendary studio's and play in some great venues. After nearly ten years of sacrificing a decent wage (and occupation) playing music full time, I now want to focus more on my design work and put more of my artistic energy into this area/platform from which to be creative. There will always be critics and confidence breakers in every creative field but at least with creative design you don't have to deal with LSD (lead singer disease) ego platforms, dodgy promoters, touring up and down the country with hairy smelly wannabe rock stars and lugging instruments too and fro setting up only to find out the total attendance at that particular gig is the bar staff and the support band... I don't agree with that in the workplace!
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