How long has CHUCK been?
I've been making music for about 10 years in my bedroom. I usually just share it with family and friends for fun. Somehow, I had the good fortune of getting an email from the record label Audio AntiHero a few months ago. I was very familiar with them, because they release the music of Frog, one of my favorite bands.
AAH was curious if I wanted to put together a compilation with them. 13 choice cuts from all the records I've put out. I said 'wtf do you think, of course I wanna do that' and so we did it and it's about to come out!
The new record?
My Band is a Computer is 13 tracks from albums I released between 2010-2015, both as CHUCK and as Charles Griffin Gibson. The songs have been gloriously remastered by recording artist Benjamin Shaw and it will be available on cassettes that were designed by NYC artist / photographer Charlie Rubin.
Order the tape. We printed a super limited batch, and they will definitely sell out. For everyone else, the album will be available digitally on September 9th.
At Third Outing we've always been big fans of CHUCK. Ever since we first came across the musician/film-maker Third Outing have kept a close eye, well ever since he claimed to want to emulate the rap of Kanye West anyway! But whether it was CHUCK or Charles solo, or indeed the interesting collaboration with Lou of The Mayberries, CHUCK has always intrigued us an artist both in terms of music and film. So we thought a reintroduction to our old flame was highly necessarily...
Indeed CHUCK is back with a new record entitled My Band Is My Computer. From description and conversations with CHUCK, it seems that the record is very much a greatest hits affair. A strange concept for a self-proclaimed bedroom recording artist such as CHUCK, but then with the backing of influential Audio AntiHero, it was perhaps about time the bedroom windows were opened.
What we like about CHUCK is the fact that film plays a big part in his releases. Thus many of the new releases expected on the record already have video to accompany. Oceans is the best example of this. It's a charming black and white cityscape which perfectly denotes the sunny day an ocean deserves. The music sets the mood perfectly, meandering on by until the end of time.
Another track on the record which must be mentioned is Death. "It's a cold day why'd you wake up, it's a cocaine binge after the breakup"...it portrays the heavier side of CHUCK, at least when the music really drops. His voice here is perfectly matched for the song, cutting through the electric guitar with ultimate ease, leaving a certain hook. That's what CHUCK excels at. Portraying hardships over music which portrays hope.