Sunday, June 22, 2008
Though you may not realize it, you have heard echoes of Chrome. Formed in San Francisco circa 1977, Chrome's lifeblood - vocalist Damon Edge and guitarist Helios Creed - joined forces to create some of the punk/post-punk era's most inspiring and original music. Bringing together weird science fiction/industrial electronics, punk-rock abandon and aggression, and a distinctly psychedelic wooziness, Chrome's albums, like the classic 'Alien Soundtracks' or 'Half Machine Lip Moves', were so ahead of their time that they still sound fresh and original nearly 30 years later.
In 1982, Creed left the band and Edge took over for a series of marginal and far less experimental offerings thru the mid-80's and early 90's. The project ended in 1995 when Edge passed away.
Creed went solo and continued the trippy space-guitar mindfucks on his own, but he eventually opted to pick up the Chrome name after Edge's passing. He continues to record for a variety of labels and his unique guitar-warp-psychedelia is still inspiring legions of space rockers and 'heads'.
Groups far more successful and better-known have taken the Chrome blueprint and made it palatable, but the group's original work remains simultaneously bizarre and experimental, and in a class all of it's own.