If there ever was a time for a power-rocking concept album about a mysterious ship helmed by a frightening being ... Milwaukee's CHIEF, a trio led by Chris Tishler, thinks that time is now. And on Friday, the band drops the first single from the 15-song album, "The Galleon." "For Those Who Live A Light" will be released on Bandcamp, with the full-length double album coming June 20.
It's teed up to be one of the best shows this year, and judging from the buzz, reviews and what I'm hearing from FM 106's Kerry Wolfe - Eric Church's "Holdin' My Own Tour" - that rolls into the BMO Harris Bradley Center Friday night - will rock Milwaukee's Good Friday night with nearly 40 tunes and 3+ hours of music.
Every few years, we remind you about Chief, the hard-rocking Milwaukee band that you should check out. Why? Not because frontman Chris Tischler compares Chief to Van Halen and Judas Priest, although that's a pretty good reason to give them a listen, since they're excellent musicians.
WAMI board president Zoy Begos lauded Milwaukee trio Chief as "the perfect intersection where rock meets heavy metal." For me, Chief is the living, breathing, Milwaukee spirit of Thin Lizzy: heavy guitars and a pounding rhythm section, but with good songs constructed around melodies. Asked frontman Chris Tischler about the band that almost ceased to be, the music that vanished into the ether and the perhaps miraculous new CD.
It's been two years since we caught up with Milwaukee's own rawk rawyalty, namely Chief - a band I like to compare to Thin Lizzy but which frontman Chris Tischler has likened to Van Halen, UFO and Judas Priest. The media silence is mostly because the trio - comprising hard working Brew City music scene stalwarts Dave Benton on bass, Matt Liban on drums and singer and guitarist Tishler - has been on hiatus, keeping itself silent, too.
A hard-rockin', three-piece rock and roll outfit, Chief got together about three years ago when guitarist Chris Tischler and drummer Matt Liban -- who have been in numerous local bands over the years -- joined bassist Dave Benton and sort of unwittingly became a band. Chief celebrates a new EP with a CD release gig Friday, Jan. 23 at Frank's Power Plant in Bay View.
The week between Christmas and New Year's Eve is always jam-packed with stuff to do and people to see, so we won't take up too much of your time telling you about what's happening this weekend.
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