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Seattle’s Chromatics had been originally a quartet featuring vocalist Adam Miller, drummer Hannah Blilie, guitarist Devin Welch, and bassist Michelle Nolan. That lineup debuted in 2002 using a Calvin Johnson-produced 7″ on Silver Regular Laboratories — a divide with Die Monitr Batss — and implemented with the likewise GSL-issued Stainless Rats vs. Cellar Rulz LP. The sound? Sloppy post-punk revisionism channeled through Pacific Northwest indie rock and roll. Guitars squiggled aggressively; the bass slapped and popped over drums that dealt disco its loss of life blows. There is a lot of shrill open up space. While Stainless Rats was critically hailed, the Chromatics couldn’t maintain it jointly, and Miller was shortly the only real member in great position (Blilie, Welch, and Nolan continued to create the similar-sounding Shoplifting). Unworried, Miller added electric guitar and drum development to his vocal responsibilities and tapped bassist Nat Sahlstrom for the 2003 GSL 7″ Glaciers Hatchets. Which was accompanied by the Feb 2004 full-length Plaster Hounds (which highlighted the percussion function of Obtain Hustle’s Ron Avila), along with a repositioning from the Chromatics axis to better reflect its dub no influx influences. A complete U.S. tour implemented that spring.

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