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Album Preview: Street Chant - Means

Album Preview: Street Chant - Means

Monday, 16th August 2010 9:58AM

UnderTheRadar, thanks to the good folks over at Arch Hill Recordings,  are extremely excited to bring you this exclusive preview of the very long awaited debut album by Street Chant.

The album is called Means and was recorded with Bob Frisbee last year.  Listen below and get your ass to a record store next Monday 23rd August and pick up one of the  best releases of the year.

UPDATE: Street Chant have just announced two album release shows happening next week -

Friday 27th August - Wellington - 13 Garrett Street w/ Brains, Teen Hygine and Food Fighter
Saturday 28th August - Auckland - Margaritas w/ Crude + Stefan Neville, The Transistors and
Fat Angry Ma
n (Tickets for this show on sale now from HERE at UTR).



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3rd listen still good
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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batrider are pretty cool i think, so are street chant
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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street chant are amazing emily makes me feel inspired to play music
Posted by fuk u jesus - anonymous 3 years ago

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yaba ara is so good fyugh,ib
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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First album! its about playing the songs/getting out there! not fancy production! Everyone needs to calm down and stop taking themselves so seriously, its just a BAND.
Posted by Mick - anonymous 3 years ago

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Less chat more sewing
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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anyone have a torrent of this yet
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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the dry, plain simple parts of the record are nice, kind've brings me back to late 90s Dischord ie Faraquet but on the whole this aint a good album. Some nice melodies, however, as others have said, it's not lo-fi in the good sense. Vocals are whiney and annoying and demonstrate a pretty poor use of effects. It's a shame really.

Also, i dont get everyone's problem with seeing criticism online.. Bands need to be open to criticism, it comes with releasing music to the public..apparently this band has dished its fair share out, so, surely they know that as well as anyone...?


Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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Maybe 'scenester' is too generic? There are periods where music scenes sway between 'for the music' or when fashion takes precedence and there is an uptight scene where people are more concerned about what they are wearing or how they look compared to what the band is actually doing musically.

Auckland is small. The scene is lacking at the moment and has been for the last couple of years.
There is probably a 5th of the bands there were between 2004-2008. The attitude towards music has changed also. For the scene to thrive now people should maybe channel their energy into producing something good themselves.

I rekon if you can do a better job then just do it! just get on with it! After all if you REALLY love music and you understand it you will put out something good! and you will put evrything into it...Time,Money etc etc.

First albums are usually raw due to lack of funds.. Im looking forward to what happens in a year or so. Bands mature some what :)
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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its not "lofi" in a good way.

Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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I'm going to get this entire comment stream tattooed on my arm..
Posted by Alan - anonymous 3 years ago

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THIS ALBUM SHOULDA BEEN PRODUCED BY BUTCH VIG. DO JUSTICE 2 DA ANTHEMS
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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the album is okay, but STREET CHANT are better live!!!! agree with person who said production might not have done justice to their songs !!! OK
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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all willy jokes aside, i reckon this album is a catchy little noisy masterpiece. "not well produced"? THE POINT OF THESE SONGS IS NOT THE PRODUCTION woops not supposed to be capitals. and i think he has done a great job. the bits where the vocal harmonys pan around your head is a favorite bit. i think this album is made for headphone listening, walkin around auckland cbd hating on uni students .. probably the same ones typin on here.. YOU DO THE MATH
Posted by hilly willy - anonymous 3 years ago

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Hmmm, doesn't sound like most indie records out today, reverbed/compressed everything. This kinda sounds a bit plain but I like it.
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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cos there's no scenesters in Aussie ay? ;)

wherever there is the option to post anonymously on forums, people bag out and talk trash..brooklynvegan.com is a good example of this..so, not exclusive to NZ.

It seems there's way more defenders on here than haters anyway.

now regarding the album:

It's not a bad record, i think ppl are misunderstanding the production when they call it smokefree rockquest. it's supposed to be raw and rough around the edges, but that said, i don't know if whoever has recorded it has quite done justice to the songs. There's many examples of this kind of record being made around the world on tiny/non existant budgets right now, and this kind of falls short.

Perhaps it's the vocals? i dunno, anyway, keen to hear where they go from here.








Posted by Rob - anonymous 3 years ago

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the internets funny street chant is cool nevernudes is cool grammar and spelling is hard rock on rock and rule haha internet.
Posted by fatangryman - anonymous 3 years ago

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"I'm pretty keen on this album. I rate Street Chant highly in the grand scheme of things. Good shit bruv."

Homebrew much?
Posted by annon - anonymous 3 years ago

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Yeah, the drummer should go solo. *rolls eyes*
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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it always comes back the drummer.
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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Too many scenesters not enough music lovers! - WORD
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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It cracks me up how negative people can be. Once you get out of Auckland you will realise that it is so very very pretentious! Too many scenesters not enough music lovers!I've seen street chant live and they are tight! their drummer is very good and the girls write good tunes!and congrats on the album! come visit Australia soon. People will appreciate it!
Posted by Leo - anonymous 3 years ago

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Album is awesome. looks like a lot of jealous people to me. Spoiled? - I say go vent on BARB if that's what you care about.
Posted by James - anonymous 3 years ago

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Surf city are better.
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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Kiwi as
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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"I am aware that this band is very bratty, petty and mostly plain ridiculous with all their shit talking. if you are going to make obscure comments about other bands or silly posts etc... then your shit better be tight..... and well this album really doesn’t support their delusions of grandeur."

Where's this evidence of delusions of granduer? What are you talking about? Their album matches their brattiness to a T! If they had delusions of granduer they'd be adding strings or some Animal Collective-wannabe shit... Street Chant are street-level house party garage pop rock n roll, from the burbs, DIY, hard-working, no nonsense. This record is as direct and unpretentious as it gets. It's snotty and punchy the way SC should be
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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So obvi that heaps of people in here are in bands themselves.
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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MEAN STREET!!!
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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totally agree with the comment... "Not bad. Not great. Was expecting more after hearing this band talk themselves up for so long. They better lay off shit talking other bands if this is what they come up with."

I am aware that this band is very bratty, petty and mostly plain ridiculous with all their shit talking. if you are going to make obscure comments about other bands or silly posts etc... then your shit better be tight..... and well this album really doesn’t support their delusions of grandeur.


Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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Please shut up every 1. No one cares about your opinion.
Posted by Your old mate the mad butcher - anonymous 3 years ago

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Awesome album
Posted by Mike - anonymous 3 years ago

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much better than street chant
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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Fat angry man are amazing
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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Agreed Muzai, there's not a lot of positivity amongst the kids these days. Sheeeeeeeet. Peeps need to chill some.
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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As usual, people are going to trash a band anonymously or with a fake name over the internet. Funnily enough, it's probably a good majority of people who will turn up to their shows also to score the "scene identity points", rather than enjoy what the band have put out.

It's no longer a case of tall poppies. Just sour grapes
Posted by MUZAI Records NZ 3 years ago

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I'm pretty keen on this album. I rate Street Chant highly in the grand scheme of things. Good shit bruv.
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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great album, pretty boring comments. "everyone's a critic" - LOL.
Posted by anonymous - anonymous 3 years ago

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What bands? \/
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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There are some really great bands in new zealand at the moment. Most with girls in them. This is not one. This is boring 90's rock.
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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I don't think this band deserve this, I've played with them and they were really nice and let us use their stuff. Not the best album ever but I think it's a pretty good debut. Girl bands normally arent good but this one is okay. Don't shoot me down for saying that k!
Posted by R - anonymous 3 years ago

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Not bad. Not great. Was expecting more after hearing this band talk themselves up for so long. They better lay off shit talking other bands if this is what they come up with.
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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Actually really impressed by this album. Very raw but suprisingly very poppy too. Congrats on the great write up from Grant Smithies too.

Have to love the comment from Nevernudes below. apart from that one mature comment, about all ive seen from them lately is online harassment.
Posted by Ashleigh - anonymous 3 years ago

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Can everyone stop getting pissy on the internet and just listen to the songs or go away?!
Posted by Nevernudes 3 years ago

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speaking of the Sex Pistols, check it out, they've released their own fragrance: http://www.punknews.org/article/39432
Posted by PostinDirty 3 years ago

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yous should all get sweet avatar pics like mine
Posted by PostinDirty 3 years ago

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I liked their first drummer before they went pop punk.
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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Street Chant have been playing for almost 4 f**kin years and they deserve some f**king respect for:
1. releasing a great album.
2. Working real hard to get that point.

Street Chant are refreshing. They may not be re inventing the wheel but at least they're writing actual songs with structure,melody and meaning. While so many auckland bands get unfairly hyped up for playing trendy noise with a few delay pedals, Street Chant still manage to convey integrity and rawness to their songs.
Posted by angryman - anonymous 3 years ago

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yep vinyl is on. 200 only.
Posted by label - anonymous 3 years ago

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This band is better than yours because they lack pathetic throwback shtick, they write great songs, and they play them with a rare skill and urgency. It's extremely daft to compare them with Batrider, who have engaged in a grand decline in relevance and gusto since thier debut. If you can't handle female musicians and have felt the need to make rotten utterings to cover your jealous drooling pervy attitudes you need to suck it up. Street Chant rule, no doubt more than you.
Posted by pinktricity 3 years ago

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i likey. doesn't sound like batrider tho. and batrider are STILL GOOD. yaba ara! will it be available on vinyl? hope so.
Posted by Hope - anonymous 3 years ago

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hard
Posted by internet trolls anonymous - anonymous 3 years ago

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Troll troll troll. NZ is full of jealous douchebags.
Posted by Doc - anonymous 3 years ago

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Established in 1903, and founded on the Anglican faith, Diocesan is a school with a proud heritage of excellence in all aspects of girls’ education, a solid ethical foundation and a harmony between tradition and innovation underlying every aspect of the School
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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f**k the haters don't listen to them guys!
Posted by Han - anonymous 3 years ago

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this is d00d music


Posted by kathleen - anonymous 3 years ago

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These songs are in no way pretentious to me, just sayin.
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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@ just a average gothic - while I do think some of the comments below are harsh & unnecessary I did find this album a bit pretentiously constructed to be honest.

On another note its a shame that sex has been brought into this because i'm sure this band in particular wouldn't want that to factor into whether you liked or took them seriously. I also know of a lot of prominent Woman musicians playing this kind of music so it shouldn't even be an issue.

The problem for me wasn't the musicianship it was the songs. There is just was something a bit trite about most of them. Don't get me wrong there are some good moments & they obviously play well together but I just found the whole listening experience a bit underwhelming.
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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YAWN
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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dis is sum good sh!t
Posted by pam - anonymous 3 years ago

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Internet geek critics who don't put out their own stuff should piss off. Sounds good Bob.
Posted by fcoh 3 years ago

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hey great comments gais
Posted by PostinDirty 3 years ago

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Agreed Batrider comparisons = sexist. A lot of these comments are actually.
Posted by Mike - anonymous 3 years ago

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Sounds nothing like Batrider and besides Batrider haven't been good since their first EP.
Posted by Ana - anonymous 3 years ago

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i thought the dude was the singer? Shame on me.
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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This is like an average Batrider.
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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its awesome
Posted by anony - anonymous 3 years ago

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This band deserves every piece of positive feedback they get. They've worked really f**king hard to get to this point. They might not be as musically gifted as some of the wank bands out there, but that is completely beside the point. It's what you put into something that counts. And personally, I like their sound for the very reason that it is not pretentiously constructed to perfection. For f**k's sake, they're a punk band playing pop songs! What do you expect? It's fine not to like something, but to express it with such ignorance only makes you look like an idiot. Enough said.
Posted by Just a average gothic - anonymous 3 years ago

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THIS IS GOOD I WILL BUY IT IF I HAVE MONEY
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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Listen to the Sex Pistols? hahahaha
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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Kids having fun. No meaning. No songs. If you wanna have fun listen to the Sex Pistols. Not this.
Posted by Voices In My Head - anonymous 3 years ago

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awesome album, congrats!
Posted by norma - anonymous 3 years ago

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I think these kids are GREAT!! They have gone out there and DONE IT!! Good on THEM!! ROCKON STREET CHANT!!!
Posted by Jimmy - anonymous 3 years ago

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Ahh another post and yet another internet arguement. i think bitching unnecesarily about people we don't really know over the internet has become part of our culture
Posted by Morgasm 3 years ago

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I love haters and crack.
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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the only band i can take seriously in this country at the moment. f**king awesome. haters gon hate because they're boring as f**k
Posted by trixie - anonymous 3 years ago

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I love how everyone talks about how great the drumming is because that gets you your boyrock credentials down, and means you can compliment the dude while saying the two 'chicks' need to get better musicianship and shit. Just f**k off. Such cunts.
Posted by Guy - anonymous 3 years ago

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http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l2q744MFiK1qauk9so1_400.png
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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I think that all you f**kers out there who are leaving bad comments are going to get a bash from me! There music rulz, and you dont cos you dont have a album out you jealous cunts!
Posted by S.T.U.D - anonymous 3 years ago

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Like it.
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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pfft really?
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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alright haters, what other nz band in the past 5 years has come out with better tunes than this? Show your hand.
Posted by James - anonymous 3 years ago

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I like the guitar tones & the drumming is really impressive but apart from that it just seems to conjure up memories of the smoke free rock quest for me.
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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Pretty good for a girl band.
Posted by Henry - anonymous 3 years ago

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And so the internet shit talking begins. Is this thread going to be like Die! Die! Die!'s? hehe hope not.
Posted by Drajon - anonymous 3 years ago

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great drumming.
Thats it.

boring music.
Posted by sam - anonymous 3 years ago

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agreed. f**king awful.
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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f**king awful
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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sounds great!!
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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mad tranny vocals!
Posted by - anonymous 3 years ago

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Yay!
Posted by Scott - anonymous 3 years ago

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I went to school with emily!
Posted by amy - anonymous 3 years ago

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Hey Thanks! nice one
Posted by Sam - anonymous 3 years ago



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