Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to up and coming bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with with Chip And The Chargeups.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
CHIP DIMONICK: Chip & The Charge Ups is a new, electrifying East Coast power pop band. We just launched the band this year and hit the ground running, with some amazing performances at big regional festivals. We like to inject creativity and energy into everything we do, starting with our songs and trickling into our image, live performances, and the way we interact with fans.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
CHIP DIMONICK: Though we describe our music as power pop, we are influenced by punk and every genre that has been derived from punk. For example, we obviously love the Ramones and the Pistols. But, we are also influenced by the next wave of artists that adapted punk for the masses, like Billy Idol, Joan Jett and Blondie. Continuing forward, Green Day and the Marvelous 3 morphed that sound further. And, with the new songs we’re writing, the influence of today’s artists like Twenty One Pilots and Yungblud can probably be detected. Despite the differences among those artists, I think their music can all be traced back to old-school punk, just like ours.
METAL ANARCHY: What can you say about your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
MALEENA DOMINICK: Our latest release is Flow of the Current, Part I. I believe that each and every song on this album highlights a different side to Chip & the Charge Ups. The songs range from punk, to metal, to ballads, and even a mashup. It summarizes what the band does and still leaves room to wonder what’s next!
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
MALEENA DOMINICK: When people come to our live shows, they shouldn’t expect anything less than an amazing performance. We always bring the energy with us and get the crowds charged up! We always open with the first song off our album, “Front Row,” which encourages the audience to come to the front row to rock out. The set list is always very diverse and includes everything, from songs on acoustic guitar to heavy songs that get the audience involved. No matter what situations there may be, we always put on a show!