Under the innocuous name of Chrome, two San Franciscans — Damon Edge (vocals, synths, etc.) and Helios Creed (vocals, guitar, etc.), with part-time rhythm-section assistance by the Stench brothers of Pearl Harbor's band — created an often awesome series of pre-industrial LPs that explore a dark state of mind only hinted at by '60s psychedelia. Taking cues from Suicide, Can, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, the Residents and anyone who ever made home tapes in their bedroom, the pair's dense, chaotic science-fiction epics are vivid vinyl nightmares — a thick blend of mechanical noises, filtered, twisted voices and fantastic, bizarre lyrics — that flesh out a frightening world both absorbing and repellent. Though conventional song structures are preserved to the point where tracks can be distinguished (indeed, the duo's early efforts aren't all that far from semi-normal guitar rock), Chrome's strength is its ability to create sounds of horrible beauty that transcend discrete musical units. If not as conceptually out there or as ear-splitting as the noisemongers and goth-rockers that followed the duo, Chrome's sonic intensity is still something to behold. - [Trouser Press]

Still led by Helios Creed, goth/psych/industrial rock progenitors Chrome are still at it, having released Techromancy in 2017. (You can stream it below.) They're also touring, having just wrapped up a West Coast / Southwest tour, and will visit the rest of the country this spring. Dates include a NYC show at Saint Vitus on May 30. Tickets for Vitus go on sale Wednesday, April 11 at noon.

All tour dates are listed, along with streams of classic albums Blood on the Moon and 3rd from the Sun, below.


Chrome - 2018 Tour Dates
May 18 - Neurolux - Boise, ID
May 19 - FYT Studios - Laramie, WY
May 21 - 7th St Entry - Mineapolis, MN
May 22 - Frequency - Madison, WI
May 23 - Cactus Club - Milwaukee, WI
May 24 - Outer Limits Lounge - Detroit, MI
May 26 - Spirit Hall - Pittsburgh, PA
May 27 - Grog Shop - Cleveland Heights, OH
May 29 - Middle East Upstairs - Cambridge, MA
May 30 - Saint Vitus - Brooklyn, NY
May 31 - Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA
Jun 01 - Windup Space - Baltimore, MD
Jun 02 - Strange Matter - Richmond, VA
Jun 03 - Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC
Jun 04 - Earl - Atlanta, GA
Jun 06 - Santos Bar - New Orleans, LA
Jun 07 - Three Links - Dallas, TX
Jun 11 - Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA

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