On the eve of its official release via Small Stone, The Obelisk offers up an exclusive stream of Beyond The Sky, the new full-length from LA CHINGA.
A hard rock power trio with psychedelic powers based in Vancouver, British Columbia, LA CHINGA draws from Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, MC5, and their own bad habits to conjure the forty-five minutes of sublimely confident freedom rock that comprises Beyond The Sky. Sometimes meaty and beaty (“Mama Boogie,” “Death Rider”), sometimes glam-handed (“Killer Wizard”), and occasionally even dirtbag pretty (“Keep On Rollin’), when it all melts into a puddle of phased goo in the final bars of “Warlords,” the listener has been rolled, boogied, and otherwise supernaturally conveyed well beyond the sky.
Notes The Obelisk of the release, “It’s a collection of eleven tracks topping forty-five minutes that makes the most out of big, unabashed hooks and a classic party-rocking sensibility, from the opening ‘Woo!’ in ‘Nothin’ That I Can’t Do’ into the ’70s-styled ‘Wings Of Fire’ and the proto-metal-turns-stoner-mellow-solo-jam ‘Mama Boogie,’ which may or may not be a sequel to “Boogie Children” from their 2013 self-titled debut and which you’d best believe brings back its chorus at the end, it brims with energy well beyond what might qualify as ‘electric’ and sounds, in true Small Stone fashion, not like it’s mining its influences for parts to reorder and recreate in vintageist loyalty, but instead like it’s engaging with the legends and rockers of yore — Nazareth, AC/DC, Judas Priest, and a host of others among them — to hone a modern interpretation of what they did those generations ago.”
Read more and stream Beyond The Sky at THIS LOCATION.
And if you missed it, view the band’s previously-released videos for “Wings Of Fire” and “Killer Wizard” below.
The follow-up to LA CHINGA’s 2016 critically-lauded Freewheelin’ full-length was captured at Vancouver’s fabled Warehouse studio with no-less-fabled producer Jamey Koch (DOA, Copyright, Tragically Hip).
Beyond The Sky will see release September 7th, CD, LP, and digital formats via Small Stone. For preorders go to THIS LOCATION.
LA CHINGA was forged in 2012, although in reality it was conceived about a year earlier when bassist/vocalist Carl Spackler was surfing in Southern California and his Chicano beach buddies kept hailing each other with the mysterious phrase: “La chingaaaaa!” It was then that Spackler’s dream of a hard rock power trio built on erogenous funkadelic rhythms and a devotion to life’s more sublime pleasures — chief among them: tequila — was now embodied inside a beautifully obscene two-word incantation.
Drummer/vocalist Jay Solyom and guitarist/vocalist Ben Yardley — also a noted professor of Theremin — were conscripted shortly after, both veterans of Vancouver’s notoriously dead-end music scene, both beautifully obscene in their own right. LA CHINGA’s self-titled debut record was rushed out of a makeshift studio in 2013 on nothing but fumes and the liberating force of not giving a shit, landing like a hairball crossed with a stink bomb inside a world of yoga pant commerce, condo developments, and Macbook “musicians.” This was a revolutionary act, or maybe a devolutionary one, at least.
Meanwhile, Spackler was busying pouring all off his demented ‘70s obsessions into wild three-minute homemade music videos, finding the visual language of fuzz itself inside shitty horror films as he furnished the great infernal drive-in of his mind. Somehow, miraculously, this charming brew conspired to make LA CHINGA the hottest bunch of stoned ape groovers to hot wheel out of the Pacific Northwest since forever. Freewheelin’ followed in 2016 on Small Stone, and so did unhinged tours of Europe, more year-end accolades, and festival slots (420 Fest, Sasquatch). In late 2017, LA CHINGA entered Vancouver’s Warehouse studio with producer Jamey Koch. The result is Beyond The Sky, available this fall via Small Stone. This is how it feels to get chinga’d, amigos. Surf’s up.
“From the Deep Purple in rock vibe of ‘Wings Of Fire’ to the Humble Pie slide ‘Keep On Rollin’,’ this is classic rock meant to be played at 11. You may want to break out a pair of GWG wide legs and whip out your air guitar.” — Vancouver Sun
“I’m a sucker for a band with a fun name, so it’s no surprise that I dig on Vancouver stoner rockers LA CHINGA. But it also helps that the band’s type of trippy, digestible heavy psych rock also soothes the savage dad within me.” — MetalSucks
“Beyond The Sky fuses the pop sensibility of the hair metal epoch to the more studied professionalism of seventies album rock, the upshot being an undeniably irresistible melange of unbridled fun and sure-footed instrumental mastery. A big market for this retroactive market is blossoming at the moment, especially in the UK, but nobody in that rapidly coalescing scene possess even a jot of the brilliance that you’ll find on devastating opening statement ‘Nothing That I Can’t Do.’” — Sentinel Daily Australia
“…a fun, addicting collection of songs…The band fuses classic influences such as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and the MC5 with a touch of psychedelia and dabbles of ’80s glam metal swagger for a sound that will get you on your feet and have you dusting your air guitar out of its case.” — Sea Of Tranquility
“If their rebellious spirit and top-notch musicianship don’t grab your attention, check your pulse, you may have died without realizing it.” — Mass Movement