The Chunky Life, the new release from Philadelphia based jamtronica band, Tweed, is a sonic tour de force to be reckoned with. Although only an EP, this has it all. The band smashes boundaries and cleverly weaves genre upon genre into their almighty web. Their many influences reign supreme throughout the entire duration. There is everything from new disco to snippets of post-punk apocalypse. The most brilliant aspect surrounding this release is the fact that you can’t tell if the transitions are calculated or completely organic.
Opener, “Big Sky”, masterfully walks a fine line between processed electronic groove and new wave danceability. Synth maestro, Jon Tomczakuses his influence to make the band sound like everyone from The Talking Heads to Krafwerk. In “RL WRLD”, guitarist AJ DiBiase takes us from melodic prog-rock mysticism to surging heavy metal in just a matter of moments. Then naturally the track glides into a potpourri of Daft Punk inspired vocal treatment and chic disco.
The most essential element for all great jam friendly artists is the ability to groove. Drummer Joe Vela and bassist Dan McDonald provide just that. They drive home tracks such as “Loup-Garou” and “Best Thing On The Menu”. The latter also showcases the group’s ability to inject the comical.
Lots of bands attempt to cross boundaries, but few succeed so seamlessly. Every track keeps you interested from first note to last. The genre crossing is not distracting but completely engaging. This is a triumphant work. A must have. It just may be my favorite release of 2016! I have a gut feeling these guys are about to become huge. Climb aboard now.