CDs SENT TO HALF A COW

February 2009

THE CHELSEA DRUGSTORE Three Chord Theory

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email: scott.nelson6@three.com.au

Firstly, thanks The Chelsea Drugstore for sending me your music. It was needed and it hit the spot. Sometime in late October last year, just as I was about to hop on the 438 bus to buy a cd in the city, Sophie popped around with the latest bundle of mail sent to Half A Cow. Amongst the bills and other demos was this one, with Sophie telling me: "This looks like something you'd like, Nic. Two cds from a band called the Chelsea Drugstore."

And she was right. Three Chord Theory is the better of the two. From the opening chords of 'Love that country fill' to the last bar of the final song 'All for show' I was hooked. And it wasn't just the incredible cache of catchy yet melancholic songs, rollickly outstanding music and thoughtful lyrics. These songs spoke to me. Was it the fact that I lived on a farm for nearly six years? That I love country-rock, folk-rock, Buffalo Springfield and The Band? Just not that big a fan of Exile On Main Street. But that doesn't matter, this is about the best record I've heard from a bunch of blokes since the last Smallgoods long-player.

Apart from the music, it was their story that won me over. Inspired by US musician Kelley Stoltz' fondness of home recording, guitarist Nathan Watson and bassist Scott Nelson - the remnants of a Melbourne band once known as The Chelsea Drugstore "spent a couple of years" with the help of other ex-Drugstorees and friends - doing some home recording of their own, producing two albums both self-released in 2007 and 2008.

And, like I said earlier, what great music! The 2007 album has a bit more electric guitar on it and the songs aren't as instantly top-shelf (but after a few listens they do creep up on you). The cover art of the self-titled album shows a ye-olde photo of a brass (?) band standing proudly on the verandah of the local general store. How fitting.

Three Chord Theory is a truly great album and I hope these guys continue following their heart and making music for themselves, that, like all the best honest music, makes other fall in love with it to. - ND


other demos...
THE SOLOMONS - October 2009
DAVE SEASIDE - October 2009
AFXJIM - October 2009
THE MAGUS - September 2009
THE REFLECTORS - September 2009
HARVEY SWAGGER BAND - August 2009
BAMBINO KORESH - August 2009
KATE RAE - August 2009
UNTHINKABLES - July 2009
CABARET CALLADO - June 2009
THE SAGE EVOLUTION - April 2009
CAPITAL - March 2009
LINE DRAWINGS - March 2009
THE LIGHT BRIGADE - February 2009
GROTS VEGAS - February 2009
THE CHELSEA DRUGSTORE - February 2009
LIONEL LEE - January 2009
MAGIC ROB - December 2008
PETER STEIN - November 2008
LARMO CUSACK - November 2008
PAUL DAVIES - November 2008
PORTAL WINDOW - November 2008
THE ISLE OF MAN - October 2008
NELL WEBBER - October 2008
THE CHARLES MANSON EXPERIMENT - October 2008
THE BATASCOUTS - September 2008
KENT EASTWOOD - September 2008
LOLA FLASH - August 2008
BENJAMIN SHAW - August 2008
BAMBINO KORESH - July 2008
THE LEED FIENDS - July 2008
THE WELLS - June 2008
KATE BRADLEY & the Goodbye Horses - June 2008
WE GROW UP - May 2008
THE LOVE EXPLOSION - December 2007
LINDSAY PHILLIPS - November 2007
It’s a tie! IGOR ALEINIK + MAXIM BATOV - October 2007
RYAN STERLING - September 2007
EVA POPOV - August 2007
TEMPO DE NAUGHTY - June 2007
CLAUDIA WOODS - April 2007
ARON ATTWOOD - March 2007
THE SIESTAS - February 2007
IVONA - January 2007
THE STICKS - December 2006
ELLE SKIES - November 2006
THE FLYING COLOURS - November 2006
ARTICHOKE HEART SOUFFLÉ - September 2006
ANDREW KEESE & THE ASSOCIATES - July 2006
LUCY LEHMANN - May 2006
LUKE RUSSELL - April 2006
Where Are They Now? - April 2006
RUNNING WITH HORSES - March 2006
WINDOW - January 2006
PIP SMITH AND RED STAR - January 2006
PAPER PLANES - December 2005
SHOOT THE GENIE - November 2005
The Magus - November 2005
The Codebreakers - October 2005
Khancoban - September 2005
Stuart McGuane - August 2005
She'll 'B' Apples - July 2005
The Wellingtons - July 2005
Sugarhit - July 2005
The New Black - June 2005
BeOmega - June 2005
Old Nick - May 2005
The Triangles - May 2005
Jon Duncan - December 2004
The Honeyriders - December 2004
Larry Parkinson - December 2004
Stress Of Leisure - December 2004
The Cliffy Davis Goodtime Band - November 2004
it's a tie! Lyceum and Wade Jackson - November 2004
Arty Del Rio - November 2004
Amundsens Flag - November 2004
Mark Taylor - September 2004
Remington super 60 - July 2004
the MP3's - July 2004
Cycle Of Fifths - July 2004
Follow The Vann - June 2004
The Avenues - June 2004
Wons Phreely - June 2004
Halfway - June 2004
The Jennys - May 2004
Diana - May 2004
Wont - May 2004

 

 

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