Chinchilla "101 Italian Hits" CDPosted on Wednesday, April 6th, 2005 @ 9:54am » permalink
I'm changing things up a bit with this one, but I fucking love this band so I hope that at least one god damn person will get into 'em as a result of this. Chinchilla was an all-girl group out of San Diego in the mid-90's and released a few EP's followed by their one and only full-length, "101 Italian Hits", in 1996. Their style was somewhat tied to a little bit of what was going on in that general vicinity at the time, but in my opinion their brand of twisted and eerie indie rock is entirely original and comparable to very few, if any. I don't know what it is, but I really like the way they use every instrument as an individual piece of the larger puzzle, and everything falls together perfectly in the end. But for whatever reason, in my experience: No one ever knew who the fuck this band was, no one liked 'em, and only one person that I've played them for in nine years has agreed with me that they absolutely kick ass. Maybe it's the fact that they were an all-girl band and ignorant fuckwads were less open to that at the time? Maybe it's the fact that they ended up on the Crisis Records division of Revelation Records at a time when it was considered "cool" for hardcore purists to despise the label for branching out? I don't fucking have a clue. But this record is amazing. Bottomline. I've been made fun of for liking this band on many occasions, but I wholeheartedly stand by my claims.
Sadly, I can offer little insight as to where the band came from or where they went. I know that some of the members had previously done time in Prader Willies and Drip Tank (if anyone knows anything about Prader Willies please shoot me an email, 'cause I can't find shit), and the former drummer's website is here, but that's all I've got. Let me know if you happen to know anything else, I'd appreciate it.
Anyway, here are a few of my favorite tracks from the full-length:
If you like it, buy that shit. As with most overlooked gems you can find it for dirt cheap because people are simply dense: