Our tour sendoff show! With a lineup of other friends, and a massive crowd, we couldn’t have asked for a better tour launch. Although, things got a bit out of hand when numerous family members were introduced to Sparks, which eventually flowed like water. As usual. A heavy snowstorm started right after the show ended, lets hope its not a terrible omen….
Originally published on www.philadelphiaweekly.com on December 22, 2004. Written by Doug Wallen.
So you’ve picked up all the tattered wrapping paper and drained the last of the eggnog. It’s the day after Christmas, and now what? Allow me to make a rather offbeat suggestion: Chromelodeon. I know, I know–a Philadelphia-area instrumental octet isn’t exactly the stuff of holiday tradition, but these guys have a lot going for them. Like what? Well, they’re about to embark on a national tour with oddball extraordinaire the Evolution Control Committee. And they were totally ahead of the whole classic-video-game-music trend–the first song on their In the Year 20XX EP is called “Wily’s Castle,” a Mega Man reference. But that’s nothing compared to their loving renditions of tunes from Ninja Gaiden 2, captured on a new EP. This show coincides with the release of both the EP and the band’s first proper album, Heart of Sawdust, on West Philly’s own Bloodlink label. It’s a booming battering ram of disparate riffs, epic synth atmosphere and every-instrument insanity. In other words, you’ve never heard anyone rock an accordion this hard.Last Updated on