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The Chisel are back! The punk rabble-rousers have returned with the announcement of their highly anticipated new album, What A F*cking Nightmare, due out February 9th from Pure Noise Records. Recorded by John Atkinson and produced by Jonah Falco (Chubby & The Gang, High Vis, Home Front) the album is a high energy blend of Oi! hooks and hardcore stomp that’s sure to please fans of all things loud and catchy.
To celebrate the announcement of What A F*cking Nightmare, The Chisel have shared its lead single, “F*ck ‘Em.” The livewire track follows previous single “Cry Your Eyes Out” (which drew attention from the likes of Stereogum, BrooklynVegan, and more, and will also appear on the new album), and highlights the band’s ability to channel catchiness and ferocity in equal measure. Vocalist Cal Graham discussed the new song saying, “the song’s about people who talk but don’t have much to say: gobshites and over-opinionated knobheads.”
Emerging from the London punk scene, The Chisel have gained worldwide recognition as one of the most exciting new bands in the genre today. While their sound is rooted in aggression, it’s their ability to pack a melodic punch that’s allowed them to stand out from the pack. Across a whopping 16 tracks, What A F*cking Nightmare hones The Chisel into the keenest and most effective version of themselves. Graham’s biting-yet-tuneful delivery allows the band to swing from eye-bulging ragers to triumphant singalongs that even the most faint-of-heart rock and roll fan couldn’t help but enjoy, and his bluntly powerful lyrics paint vignettes of everyday frustrations, class divisions, exploitive authority figures, and the camaraderie of finding like-minded people in a tumultuous world. The result is a truly essential punk album that grabs the listeners by the head and never lets go. This is The Chisel‘s world and we’re just living in it.
The Chisel have also announced worldwide tour dates, including select dates and festivals in the US, lengthy runs in the UK and EU, and a special London record announcement show set for 7th December. See full itinerary below.
What A F*cking Nightmare tracklist:
1. What A F*cking Nightmare
2. No Gimmicks
3. Cry Your Eyes Out
4. Nice To Meet You
5. Living For Myself
6. F*ck ‘Em
7. Lying Little Rat (Propaganda)
9. Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet
10. Those Days
11. Evil by Evil
13. Vengeance Is For Me
14. What Do You Mean
15. Cuts Like A Knife
16. What I SeeWhat A F*cking Nightmare is due out 9th February 2024 via Pure Noise Records.
7th December London, UK @ The George Tavern (album announce show)
26th January New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom +
27th-28th January Baltimore, MD @ Disturbin’ The Peace
27th January Baltimore, MD @ Metro Baltimore (Disturbin’ The Peace Aftershow)
1st February Leeds, UK @ Key Club * 2nd February Newcastle, UK @ The Cluny 2 * 3rd February Edinburgh, UK @ The Wee Red * 4th February Manchester, UK @ Star & Garter * 5th February Birmingham, UK @ The Flapper * 9th February Cambridge, UK @ Portland Arms * 10th February St Albans, UK @ The Horn * 11th February Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store * 16th February Southhampton, UK @ The Joiners * 17th February Bristol, UK @ Exchange * 18th February Cardiff, UK @ The Globe * 23rd February Turnbridge Wells, UK @ Forum * 24th February London, UK @ 100 Club * 25th February Nottingham, UK @ The Bodega *
29th February Drachten, NL @ Iduna ^
1st March Essen, DE @ Westadthalle ^
2nd March Valenciennes, FR @ Salle Des Nympheas ^
3rd March Maastricht, NL @ Muziekgieterij ^
4th March Strasbourgh, FR @ La Laiterie ^
5th March Heidelberg, DE @ Karlstorbahnhof ^
6th March Munchen, DE @ Backstage ^
7th March Ostrava, CZ @ Barrak Music Club ^
8th March Warzawa, PL @ Proxima ^
9th March Dresden, DE @ Tante Ju ^
10th March Berlin, DE @ Astra Kulturhaus ^
Some things never go out of style. Emerging from the London punk scene with a high energy blend of Oi! hooks and hardcore stomp, The Chisel have a sound that’s as timeless as it is exhilarating. Now on their sophomore album, What A F*cking Nightmare, the band somehow cranks the dial further into the red with a whopping 16 tracks that are even more aggressive and even more anthemic.
The Chisel formed in 2020 out of the same pool of talented friends and collaborators that bore bands like Violent Reaction, Arms Race, and Chubby & The Gang. After a series of singles and EPs, the band–whose current line up is vocalist Cal Graham, guitarists Luke Younger and Charlie Manning Walker, bassist Momo, and drummer Lee Munday released their debut full-length, Retaliation, in 2021 and secured their reputation as one of the most exciting new punk bands coming out of the UK. With more attention often comes more pressure, but The Chisel approached their second album with something very key in mind: “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it,” says Younger, explaining, “after we recorded the first record we just didn’t stop writing. So by the time it came out we already had even more new songs.” That prolific streak didn’t stop and the result is What A F*cking Nightmare–a behemoth of a punk record that doubles down on everything that makes The Chisel such a compelling band.
What A F*cking Nightmare grabs the listener by the head and doesn’t let go. Recorded by James Atkinson and produced by Jonah Falco (Home Front, High Vis, Chubby & The Gang), the album hones The Chisel into the keenest and most effective version of themselves where the hooks are bigger and the bite is sharper. The heart of their sound draws on elements of old school hardcore, UK82, and other corners of aggressive punk, but it’s The Chisel’s ability to pack a melodic punch that makes them stand out from the pack. Graham’s biting-yet-tuneful delivery is key to the band’s ability to swing from eye-bulging street punk ragers to triumphant singalongs that even the most faint-of-heart rock and roll fan couldn’t help but enjoy.
After its ominous introductory title track, What A F*cking Nightmare explodes from the speakers with a one-two attack that perfectly encapsulates The Chisel’s sonic dichotomy. Opener “No Gimmicks” kicks things off with 90 seconds of truly vitriolic punk and is quickly followed by “Cry Your Eyes Out,” which offers one of the most infectious refrains of the band’s entire catalog). “We definitely try to keep a balance,” Graham explains. “If we realize we have a lot of melodic songs, we’ll try to throw in a stomper or something. I think people like that chaos of going from a catchy song to a hard song and vice versa, and not knowing what they’re gonna get next.” Tracks like the blistering “Evil By Evil” or the primal “Tomorrow” manage to be as memorable as they are menacing, while “What Do You Mean” or “Cuts Like A Knife” are packed with charged-up hooks and impressive production flourishes that still never sacrifice an ounce of grit. “With punk, hardcore, Oi!…you’re never gonna be completely clear of some of the cliches,” Younger says. “But we try to do certain things to separate ourselves a bit, to put our own twist on it.”
And The Chisel certainly do have something that’s distinct, something that’s rare but essential when it comes to making music in this tradition: they really mean it. There isn’t a single note of What A F*cking Nightmare that rings anything less than genuine. “I do it all very last minute,” Graham says of his lyric-writing process. “I need to have the pressure, I think that’s why it sounds so immediate. I always just try to keep things the exact same way I would chat with someone–just like a conversation.” His bluntly powerful lyricism cuts through across the album as he sizes up the world around him, painting vignettes of everyday frustrations, class divisions, exploitive authority figures, as well as the camaraderie that comes from finding like-minded people in an increasingly tumultuous world. “I’m not the most philosophical person,” he explains. “I don’t really write lyrics with hidden meanings, I just keep it to what I know, what I’ve experienced, what I see in my immediate vicinity. It’s about dickheads, working class people, punching people, getting punched…”
What A F*cking Nightmare is the kind of album that reminds listeners of all the things that are so impactful and enduring about punk music: there’s a vitality to these songs, tangible sweat, blood, and bootprints that leave a mark long after they’re done. As the final track “What I See” brings the album to a close with a rousing cacophony of blown-out guitars and a single piano chord being hammered like life depends on it, there’s absolutely no doubt that this is The Chisel’s world–and we’re just living in it.