THE CHILLS Reissue Two Of Their Early 90s Longplayers – ‘SUBMARINE BELLS’ And ‘SOFT BOMB’

6 August 2020

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On 6th November New Zealand’s indie heroes THE CHILLS, led by singer/songwriter
and musical maestro Martin Phillipps reissue two remastered editions of early 90s longplayers. Their second LP SUBMARINE BELLS from 1990 and their third one SOFT BOMB from 1992. More info here and order facilities here.

AllMusic wrote back then about Submarine Bells: “On a major label for the first time, Phillipps crafted a lovely record indeed, a mere thirty-six minutes and not a second wasted… One high point after another, never losing the sense of elegance and drive that characterizes
the band’s work… The title track, with serene orchestration filling out the grand arrangement,
is a note-perfect way to conclude such a fantastic release.”

AllMusic about Soft Bomb: “Going through yet another line-up revamp, Phillipps is the only one remaining from the Submarine Bells performers and he remaines dead center as always… Phillipps’ smart way with words hasn’t changed at all… with a few awkward stabs at proto-adult album alternative airplay… high points include the lovely “Halo Fading,” and the slightly bluesy, ominous late-night vibe of “Entertainer.””

You can stream the original recordings tight here…



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22 July 2020

(photo by Turn Up The Volume!)

Fire Records will reissue – on 6th November – two early, remarkable & remastered longplayers by New-Zealand’s indie legends THE CHILLS, led by mastermind Martin Phillipps. The second LP SUBMARINE BELLS from 1990 and their third longplayer
SOFT BOMB from 1992. More info here. and order facilities here.

You can stream the two original recordings here…



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THE CHILLS Share Previously Unreleased Promo Clip For Debut 7″ ‘ROLLING MOON’

Clips that will have an impact on your eyes and your ears…


20 April 2020

New Zealand’s notorious indie act THE CHILLS led by the legendary singer/songwriter Martin Phillipps just shared a previously unreleased promo clip for their first 7″ ever called ‘ROLLING MOON’ that came out 38 years ago.

Phillipps introduced the video as follows: “Something special for all you Chills fans as legendary New Zealand cameraman/director Peter Janes has used lockdown time to edit together the long-lost ‘Rolling Moon’ footage into a clip. The result of the 1982 shoot at Pilots Bay, Dunedin were originally deemed largely too dark for use and then the film was lost for
over three decades and only recently discovered in time for a tiny piece of it to be included in the documentary ‘The Chills: The Triumph & Tragedy Of Martin Phillipps’. But now we finally have a promo clip for our first 7″ single from 1982.”

Check it out right here…

And here’s the trailer for The Chills documentary

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THE CHILLS’ New Album ‘SNOWBOUND’ Is A High-Quality Pop Diamond…


16 September 2018


Not many artists succeed in growing older without losing their touch, their motivation
and their greed to keep on making appealing music. Veteran singer/songwriter Martin Philipps is definitely an exception. After more than 30 years he still delivers the goods.
With his band THE CHILLS he just released ninth studio album, entitled SNOWBOUND.  “An album about  consolidation, re-grouping, acceptance and mortality, Hopefully a kind
of Carole King ‘Tapestry’ for ageing punks…”  says Philipps.

SNOWBOUND is a delightful achievement. A solid gold record of fetching pop songs, enchantingly arranged, spot-on produced and juiced with Philipps’ warm and alluring voice. Turn Up The Volume has this shiny diamond on repeat the last few days. Experience the sonic splendour for yourself right here…

SNOWBOUND available via Bandcamp and iTunes 

(photo by Alex Lovell-Smith)

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THE CHILLS Unveil Video For Swirling Track From New LP – Watch/Hear ‘COMPLEX’…

Clips that will have an impact on your eyes and your ears…


12 September 2018

The imperishable THE CHILLS led by near-legendary singer/songwriter MARTIN PHILIPPS will release new, excellent (yes, we already heard it! It’s quite impressive) LP SNOWBOUND this Friday. An album about “consolidation, re-grouping, acceptance and mortality. Hopefully
a kind of Carole King ‘Tapestry’ for ageing punks.”
says the songsmith about the fresh record. To get us all in the right mood here’s a most fascinating video for COMPLEX. One of the ardent tracks on the longplayer, rolling ardently from start to finish while juiced keys and
a steamy chorus pump up the adrenalin. Watch/listen here…

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SNOWBOUND – out 14 September via FIRE RECORDS – all info here

7 Big Album Tracks ! 2015 – Week 45…


Seven cracking tracks from brand new albums to soundtrack your week !

1/ ‘Facety 2.11’ by ROOTS MANUVA
New hip hop roots and smoking beats – Manuva still delivers…
Album: Bleeds
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2/ ‘Belly Of The Whale’ by GUY GARVEY
First solo effort from Elbow’s frontman – this sax track grooves big time…
Album: Courting The Squall
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3/ ‘Hey, Sen’ by CHEATAHS
London’s based shoegaze collective’s second album with atmospheric colors…
Album: Mythologies
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4/ ‘Happiness, Missouri’ by EL VY
Matt Berninger (The National) & Brent Knopf (Menomena/Romona Falls) – swirling !…
Album: Return To The Moon
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5/ ‘The Great Skua’ by BRITISH SEA POWER
Some of their best songs reworked with a brass orchestra – monumental result…
Album: Sea Of Brass
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6/ ‘America Says Hello’ by THE CHILLS
New Zealand’s indie hero Martin Phillipps & band back after 19 years – melodic beauty…
Album: Silver Bullets
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7/ ‘Asbesthos Youth’ by WOLF EYES
The Detroit industrial noise veterans are back with lots of nightmarish drones – boss !…
Album: I Am A Problem: Mind In Pieces