Dreamers is a 13-song burst of anthemic and melodic punk energy with self-reflecting and hopeful lyrics. It is a reminder to keep chasing your dreams and keep your head up. It’s the most personal album we have written, touching on the highs and lows of life, but as always, with a positive CHASER twist. facebook.com/chaserband
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CHASER – Dreamers
Following a sound clip of Charlie Chaplin’s speech from ‘The Great Dictator’, California’s CHASER kick off their fifth album with the short rager that is ‘Fight Of Our Lives’. Fast-as-fuck drums? Check. Solid shredding? Check. Big, melodic hooks? Double check. PMA? Loads of it. Next up is previously released single ‘2020’, which goes to show that the opening track wasn’t a fluke.
From there on, CHASER prove themselves to be worthy successors to No Use For A Name on songs like ‘Good Times’ and the title track, channel their inner Bad Religion in ‘Signs Of Life’ and sound like they just discovered an even higher gear in the lightning-fast ‘The Ripper’ and ‘Echoes’.
CHASER already held a lot of promise on 2018’s ‘Sound The Sirens’, but they really upped the ante on ‘Dreamers’. Sure, it’s a sound that has been done time and time again, but CHASER prove that there’s always room for one more great album. If there is a science to writing great melodic skatepunk, these guys now have a PhD. See you at the show!
8.5/10 Review by: Thomas
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CHASER – Dreamers
Chaser are back with another outstanding full-length recording. After critically acclaimed Look Alive 7″, these guys took a short break to record highly-anticipated material for their latest effort named Dreamers. Still, the group released a couple of singles prior to the release date, such as 2020, New Direction, and Dreamers, which served as an appropriate overture for this full-length. These guys don’t need any introduction, and whoever touched skate punk base probably heard for this Californian outlet. Since their formation in 2000, Chaser released an impressive amount of recordings, such as In Control CD, a split 7″ release with False Alliance, The Big Picture CD, Accion 7″, Dying Scene: Acoustic Sessions EP, Sound The Sirens LP, and Look Alive 7″. The group also released dozen of singles, appeared on various benefit compilations, and released Garage Years: Unreleased & Out of Print LP with their first recordings.
Dreamers represents their fifth full-length material that carries thirteen energetic compositions, entirely performed in their manner. Just as their previous recordings, Dreamers deals with themes like friendship, relationships, various moments, situations, circumstances but also covering a specter of issues that are striking modern society. Besides dealing with all these themes, Chaser are keeping a positive mental attitude and offering words of wisdom, thoughts about all these issues, and acting as the light at the end of the tunnel. The group nurtures this approach since its beginnings, so if you’re looking out for some positively charged music, Dreamers will be the right choice for you. Musicwise, this material levitates from ferocious, velocious, energetic skate-punk tunes to more anthemic, melodic, moderate punk rock songs. Chaser also thoroughly explores some late nineties melodic hardcore sound, mainly notable through various harmonies and accentuations.
For those who’re encountering Chaser for the first time, the group takes the golden era of skate punk music as the starting point but gradually moves towards the contemporary sound with each new recording. Dreamers undoubtfully resembles the sound of renowned skate punk groups who released their recordings for Epitaph, Fat Wreck, Kung Fu, Nitro, and Go Cart Records during the nineties. However, it seems that these guys are elevating the traditional skate punk orchestrations on an entirely new level by gradually adding some catchy melodic hardcore maneuvers, engaging basslines, and profoundly dynamic rhythmic acrobatics. Even when you think they couldn’t sound more powerful than this, the group kicks in with hymnic choruses, empowered by captivating singalongs. Chaser exceeds expectations with each following recording, and Dreamers makes no exceptions neither. This recording is fully packed with catchy skate punk tunes from scratch to finish and you’ll love every bit of it. Dreamers come on vinyl and compact disc thanks to a collaboration between Sound Speed Records, Thousand Islands Records, SBÄM Records, and Pee Records. Head over to your favorite label for more information about ordering this gem.
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CHASER – Dreamers
Fight Of Our Lives sets the theme for the album; a call to arms for everybody to take a stand and make their voices heard. From there, they’re off to the races, next tackling the current manic state of the planet, in more ways than one, through the fittingly rampant 2020, but in contrast, there’s a greater sense of positivity vibing from Good Times, which especially comes through the sanguine vocal performances and the spirited rhythm.
Signs Of Life is an immensely catchy banger guaranteed to get any sensible person in an intoxicated frenzy, and the riffs have a notable oomph behind them in A New Direction. The Ripper is another rocking beast that flies at a scorching tempo with an unbridled stout strength, further elevated by a couple of brief yet juicy guitar solos and the tight bassline/drumming combo; the latter element being the focal point of the similarly thrilling Echoes.
The title number features inspiring writing that gets you feeling good and buzzing to pursue something you desire to define your life. Yet another pairing of palpable cuts emitting heaps of zest come next in the form of Break The Chain and Always With You. The relatable (and mighty energetic) Only Human digs well into how we’re all bound to make mistakes, and in such an event, we should just learn to move on and not wallow in the past.
Something In The Water gets stuck in your head with its ridiculously addictive hooks, and finally See You At The Show looks ahead to the future with the impending return of live music now on the horizon after such a long and draining year, and just how much it means to the guys, and everyone else for that matter.
This is Chaser’s 5th rodeo and they charge on full steam ahead with another lofty addition to their discography. From bell to bell, Dreamers is a tremendous, electrifying album that ranks as a major highlight of the skatepunk genre in 2021.
19 June 2009
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CAT #: PCD081 / PV032
Recorded and Produced by: Paul Miner at Buzzbomb Studios in Orange, California.
Mixed and Mastered by: Jason Livermore and Edited by Andrew Berlin and Jonathan Luginbill at The Blasting Room in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Artwork created by: Sebas Theriault