The Chisel Join Pure Noise Records Reissue Debut Album Retaliation
The Chisel have had a massive few years, emerging from the London punk scene to worldwide recognition as one of the most exciting new bands in the genre today. The group are showing no signs of slowing down, announcing today that they’re joining the Pure Noise Records roster.
To celebrate, Pure Noise is reissuing The Chisel’s debut full-length, Retaliation. The re-release offers the perfect chance to get to know The Chisel’s high energy blend of Oi! hooks and hardcore stomp ahead of incoming new music from the band in 2023.
The Chisel’s sound is rooted in aggressive punk, but its their ability to pack a melodic punch has allowed them to stand out from the pack. Vocalist Callum Graham has a biting-yet-tuneful delivery that grabs the listener by the head and never lets go, leaving no doubt that this is The Chisel’s world and we’re just living in it.
The band will also be taking their raucous live show on the road this spring, performing with The Chats in the UK, Agnostic Front and GBH in the U.S., and several festival appearances in the summer. See full itinerary below.
Retaliation is out now via Pure Noise Records.
Retaliation track list:
1. Unlawful Execution
3. Come See Me
4. So Do I
5. Common As Muck
6. Nation’s Pride
7. Not The Only One
8. Shit Life Syndrome
9. Tooth and Nail
11. Sit and Say Nothin
12. Force Fed
13. What Was Mine
14. Will I Ever See You Again
04/30 Berlin, DE @ Clash
05/19 Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy *
05/20 Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands *
05/21 Newcastle, UK @ NX *
05/22 Cardiff, UK @ Tramshed *
05/23 Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy *
05/24 Birmingham, UK @ Institute *
05/26 Leeds, UK @ Beckets *
05/27 London, UK @ Roundhouse *
05/29 Las Vegas, NV @ Punk Rock Bowling (Downtown)
05/29 Las Vegas, NV @ Punk Rock Bowling (Backstage B&B)
05/30 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory +
05/31 Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theater ^
06/01 San Diego, @ House of Blues ^
06/03 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Room ^
06/04 Albuquerque, NM @ Moonlight Lounge ^
06/06 San Antonio, TX @ The Rock Box ^
06/07 Dallas, TX @ Trees ^
06/08 Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room ^
06/11 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade ^
06/12 Charleston, SC @ Music Farm ^
07/08 Withington, UK @ 2000 Trees Festival
08/05 Blackpool, UK @ Rebellion Festival
10/28 Unterthal, DE @ Starbruch Festival
It’s going off and The Chisel are back to cause a bit of bovver. Following a trio of explosive singles, the band finally bring us their debut full-length album, Retaliation.
Having formed in early 2020 and featuring a crew of members with long-term associations to the London punk scene, The Chisel quickly secured a reputation as one of the most exciting bands from a pool of contemporaries that includes Chubby & The Gang, Stingray and Big Cheese. Their sound is rooted firmly in Punk but with influences that run across the board to create a distinctive blend of Oi!, anarcho, UK-82 and hardcore. Retaliation is an unmistakably British record that draws a line from 1982 up to the present day, pushing its way into your collection and torching your stereo.
Opening with the agitated force of ‘Unlawful Execution’, the tone is firmly set by a song that addresses the brutality of the Met Police (“Tell me what’s the difference between right or wrong / When a copper gets to blast a lad who did nothing wrong”). ‘Come See Me’ is a ferocious ode to camaraderie in the face of mouthy boneheads and bellends. ‘Shit Life Syndrome’ is a poisoned reference to the same cynical phrase used by physicians to describe the effects of people living under poverty and in the grips of substance abuse (“How can you expect people to act nicely, they’ve all been left on the edge of society”). It’s one of many songs influenced by singer Cal’s experiences of growing up in the working-class town of Blackpool. Cal states: “Blackpool as a town is often overlooked or even looked down upon, I wanted to write lyrics which gave the people of my town a voice”. With tunes like these The Chisel show that they’ll never pull any punches. However, beyond the fury and the swagger there’s another side that plays to an additional strength; the ability to write a memorable hook. Songs like ‘Retaliation’, ‘Tooth & Nail’ and ‘Not The Only One’ could be described as modern day anthems (the latter has become a fan favourite since the arrival of their first live shows) and cement their identity as a band not to be defined by their influences.
Retaliation is 14 tracks of dance floor-stomping-working class Chisel-music. Here and now, The Year of The Chisel.