One of the most energetic and mind-blowing bands I’ve heard, Dr Chan are back with a new record. With a second record, this pressure or ideology of it being difficult and also a band growing up. Sure that works for some, but Dr Chan are the opposite of what is expected. Irrespective of genre. And that’s exactly what makes them standout and one of the best bands around.
What can they do with Squier that they may have already done with Southside Suicide? Oh man, so much!
I saw Dr Chan play London in February this year, and I think it was the last show I went to before I finally left that city. They were the perfect band to go out on, and let me tell you something- they are one of the best bands you’ll ever see. They play as if they are rehearsing at home. You feel like you’re invading their personal space, but at the same time you know they want you there to take in just how brilliant they are.
There is no point at all in me or anyone comparing their two records. It’s so clear that they are an excellent band and are just an absolute pleasure to listen to. The title track is a real gnarly song that you can just unleash hell to. The record is relaxed in all the right places, but my take on what sounds relaxing is probably different to someone else’s! But anyway, it stays the same. Dr Chan are a band that you’ve just got to play loud and more importantly, they are a band that you’ve got to see live. The songs on Squier are nothing short of amazing, and I’m so proud of what they have done on this record. They aren’t a band that are here to win approval of others or to be like anyone else. I guess you can call them punks, if you want. They are wonderfully shoving the middle finger at those who want them to sound like everyone else or whatever. This is all on their terms, and it is so obvious on this record. Growing Up is such a great song, and for me this one shows how far they’ve come and just how amazing they are.
For those who are already familiar with the band, you’ll be able to pick up on certain moments in the songs that may remind you of songs on Southside Suicide, but if anything they’ve got louder and more fearless with this record. I love how the songs sound like a party that’s gotten way out of hand and there’s no point in even trying to save it. I love how the songs sound like something you’d play whilst trashing your room. I love how the songs are so effortlessly rowdy and bold, and just so different to anything else. I guess some want to lump them as Garage Rock. That’s fine and all, but there is so much more to Dr Chan than being a genre of music. I love how their sound feels like it is echoing right through you. I love how the guitar and vocals have this laid-back but fuzzy feel to it. The Sinner is for me, one of the best songs on the record but to be honest, it’s impossible to pick one. Every song for me is a masterpiece. I just want to play it really loud and waste the day away.
Dr Chan have this brilliant ability to make you feel like you’re right there with them. They make you feel like you’re there as they record these songs, you feel part of the music and when the music takes you over- it’s a beautiful feeling. I’m being biased, but who the hell cares! Dr Chan have put out one of the most incredible records of the year. This doesn’t sound like a band who are only on their second record- they sound like pros who have more about them than most. They probably do anyway.
Girls is a great song, and I think it’ll definitely be one to lose your shit to if they play it live. I might call it as my favourite right now. I love how their sound, even when sometimes touching on dark-ish subjects, just makes you feel so happy. Girls is such a brilliant song that makes you happy to hear. Maybe don’t listen to the lyrics if you don’t want to feel a bit sombre. Dr Chan make you feel like it is summer at the skate park every damn day and I love that about them. Another standout moment on this record is the bass on God Hates You. It is such a slick sound, and is one of my favourite parts on the record. The song is great and let it be known that lyrically, the band are writing some mind-blowing songs. The words are just brilliant, and the sound is phenomenal. I just love this band a hell of a lot.
Once again, their record Squier will be out on the consistently great Stolen Body Records. Buy the record, and play it sky-high.