Continental Club presents Chase Hamblin & The Roustabouts and Modern Pantheist.
Chase Hamblin & The Roustabouts (pictured) – The descendant of one of America’s first Gypsies and the great grandson of a Vaudeville songwriter, Chase Hamblin was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and was raised in Italy, France, and Singapore. His travels have taken him throughout Europe and Southeast Asia and from coast to coast across the US.
Chase’s music channels many styles and influences from psychedelic folk and Texas swing to super pop and glam rock ‘n’ roll. His lyrics are thoughtful, poetic insights into the ills and the thrills of the human experience.
Chase Hamblin's five song debut EP, A FINE TIME, was recorded at the historic Sugar Hill Studios in Houston, TX and independently released in June 2009. A FINE TIME ranked #5 on Power Pop Station Brasil’s Top 10 EPs of 2009 and #11 on Absolute Powerpop’s Top 15 EPs of 2009. A FINE TIME was re-issued internationally by SteadyBoy Records on February 15, 2011.
Chase Hamblin and his band The Roustabouts have performed before thousands of people at the Free Press Houston Summer Fest, the Houston Press Music Awards, the Discovery Green, and Springboard South. They have opened for Roky Erickson, Gary Clark Jr., Jessica Lee Mayfield and What Made Milwaukee Famous. Chase Hamblin was awarded "Best Male Vocals" and "Best Pop" in the Houston Press Music Awards 2012.
Infectious pop songs, lavish Beatlesque production, psychedelic imagery, and a sweet, soaring voice to pull them all together. Rufus Wainwright? Jeff Buckley? Beck? Houston’s Chase Hamblin brings the passion of Buckley and Beck along with the lush sound and impressionistic imagery of Wainwright, but he’s also as jangly and hip as the Small Faces grooving in Itchycoo Park. Put another way, he rocks. “We’re Gonna Make It” is a rock and roll nugget of pure radio-friendly sunshine; “Never Let You Go” an urgent blast of power pop; “Bye Bye” a swirling Sgt. Pepper tour de force.
The sixties are alive and well in Hamblin’s indie pop world, but so is the Texas singer/songwriter music tradition. Chase Hamblin: re- member the name, remember the sound, remember the songs. It’s all too beautiful.
–Rush Evan, SteadyBoy Records
Modern Pantheist started in the summer of 2013 when singer/songwriter Chris Anderson, drummer Dave Ferrara, and mult-instrumentalist Chris Sandler began experimenting with loud noises in Dave’s drum lair in downtown Los Angeles. Those loud noises quickly turned into polished pop songs while preserving the loud noises.
The group is now a multi-layered, psychedelic rock trio whose tracks take you on a mind-bending journey that is trippy, yet oddly warming. Although the band is only a three piece, all members perform with multiple instruments live to recreate the circus of instrumentation that has come to encompass the studio recordings.
After only being together since the summer of 2013, the group has toured up the West coast, made music videos, and recorded a full length album. Their song “Lust for Hearts” won a local contest for free studio time. The band denied the offer and figured they can make own recordings sound better anyway. It’s a good thing because that studio closed shortly after. They have been getting airplay for the self released album, and local radio station KCRW’s Eric J. Lawrence described the band’s sound as a “Beck-like sense of screwball pop.” Currently they are in the studio working on an EP and setting up a cross country tour for June-July 2014.
Seamlessly blending pop sensibilities with other-worldly sounds and entrancing narratives, Modern Pantheist will take you on a journey to the center of yer mind.