Chains of Love
Chains of Love started when Guitarist Felix Fung, the engineer and owner of Vancouver’s Little Red Sound, hatched a plan to start a girl group with Nathalia Pizarro, who shares the vocal and lyrical duties of the band. Nathalia was known as one of the best singers and all around performers on the scene, and with her voice and the harmonic help of Aileen Bryant, Felix knew that they had something truly amazing on their hands. They had what they call a “memory of that girl group sound” and a free studio on Tuesday afternoons, so they started inviting their friends over to see what they could make of this fortuitous combination. What you have in your headphones is what came of these nostalgic happenings, Spector harmonies, Motown bass lines and rich, thumping drums.
What sets Chains of Love apart from their throwback-y, reverb-drenched contemporaries is something in the philosophy behind the band. Chains of Love is truly a passion project—a group of musicians doing nothing what but they love and working as hard as they can at it. Chains started by referencing certain artists such as Gail Harris, Ike & Tina, The Ronnettes, and The Shangri-la’s by using their lo-fi recording styles as a blueprint for what they wanted to create. By combining this with modern, garage rock influenced, modern viewpoint, Chains of love has effectively bridged the gap between the nostalgic pop sounds of the 60’s with a modern and elegant twist.
“We’ve been crushing on Chains of Love for a while, and now the Toronto sextet – four guys playing instruments, two girls singing and playing guitar up front- is making it even easier to fall hard for them this summer” – NYLON
“There’s a fine line between the slavish worship of a revivalist troupe like Fitz and The Tantrums and what Chains of Love do, but they manage to keep just the right side of it on their debut album Strange Grey Days” – The Guardian
“Strange Grey Days imagines what it sounds like to hear one blasting out of a cheap transistor radio on a hot August night in 1965. But while the scruffy surface may lend Strange Grey Days the patina of a dust-covered, decades-old, crate-digger find, it doesn’t provide the best showcase for vivacious vocalist Nathalia Pizarro, the undeniable focal point of their live shows and, as such, the person in the best position to distinguish Chains of Love from the 60s-throwback pack” – Pitchfork
“Nathalia Pizarro’s super-physical inhabiting of these tunes, they also have a serious contender for most charismatic frontwoman of SXSW” – NME
“It’s a bouncy, jouncy, Ronettes-inflected slab of popsmithery that sounds as though it was recorded in a bathtub with a Talkboy” – SPIN
“60s garage/psychedelic rock and soul is hard not to pay attention to. If you were to ask the band where they take their sound from, they would drop Gail Harris, Ike & Tina, The Ronnettes, and The Shangri-la’s as points of reference” – My Old Kentucky Blog
“It’s a mix of ’60s girl group shine, ’70s garage rock grime, and ’80s surf rock revival that makes you want to get drunk at prom, ditch it to get high in your parents’ garage, then ride down to the beach and skinny dip all night long” – Yours Truly