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Chair Warriors - A Thousand Words EP (album review)

Chair Warriors - A Thousand Words EP (album review)

Montreal alternative rockers Chair Warriors have released their EP A Thousand Words, a brilliant piece, the work of pure geniuses. I admit that I had not heard of the band beforehand, thus leaving me unsure of what to expect. Now I know I will remember their name whenever it will be brought up, and all of this with good reasons. A Thousand Words is composed of six heart-wrenching harmonious melodies all strung together by a powerful yet enchanting voice. While this album features layers of dark and melancholic tones, it would be a mistake to dismiss its expressive splendor.

We begin the first track “Aeternus” with an electronic segment that is soon accompanied by a pulsing rhythm and subtle tenor keys. It is only a little later that the guitars take part in the communion of this melodic ensemble. The intensity builds after a gracefully executed piano solo composed of mostly minor keys. Sooner than later, it is joined by a fervent guitar lick that further emphasizes this intensity. The drums pick up its pace, all instruments reach their peak until the song ultimately fades.

The track that follows, and which lyrics have remained steady in my mind, is “Lifeline”. We are once again submerged in the grandeur of piano elements meshed with electric guitars. As I hear the words “laughing, crying” in repetition halfway through, I can’t help but recall My Chemical Romance’s “I Never Told You What I Do For A Living”, as it highlights similar lyrics. Whether the song was an influence or not does not matter, as this track is brilliant on its own. As I try to decipher the meaning behind Chair Warriors’ lyrics, the gathering of urgent harmonies creates a vivid atmosphere. If you are hearing of this band for the first time, this is definitely the song I suggest you listen to.

While the EP is mostly composed of exuberant tracks, it also includes a wonderful collection of softer, delicate ones, such as the following “Death Men Poetry” and the closing track “Silent Child”. In a similar fashion is my favorite off the entire album “Ruby Rain”, a comforting rock ballad, a love song that flows patiently, holding hearts dear. As the words ring, “I’m in love with the reason that makes me fall”, I recall another true rule of the game. While exceedingly simple, this line could be understood in many ways, thus being so important to me. The combination of soft keys and fresh fingerpicked strings accompanies an honest voice. A wholehearted mood is set and remains poignant even as the drums pick up their pace.

A Thousand Words is a magnificent addition to the alternative rock family. It is available for purchase on iTunes, so I highly recommend you add this to your playlist! Also, be sure to keep track of these guys, especially that a new video for “Ruby Rain” is in the works!

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