CHASE HAMBLIN A Fine Time (Self-released)
In this day and age of throwaway, disposable pop, anyone crafting such inventive yet melodious pop music has got to be incredibly passionate and dedicated to his or her chosen musical style or genre. Singer-songwriter Chase Hamblin has been obviously influenced by the glorious 60s pop era as his 5-track EP contains knowing nods to the Beatles, the Bee Gees, the Beach Boys, the Monkees, the Kinks, Herman’s Hermits and so on.
Formerly of the now defunct Houston glam-metal outfit Penny Royal, Hamblin’s music recalls the pure pop stylings of Jellyfish, the Merrymakers, Sun Sawed in 1/2 and Bryan Scary and the Shredding Tears, which means there are choice whimsical, music hall moments alonside the serene chamber pop ones. The standout tracks being the jaunty A Fine Time, the dynamic Think of the Good Times and the pastoral Bye Bye.
So for power pop fans, let me just say that Hamblin is the real deal, there’s enough ear candy and intricately textural work to satisfy all your cravings.
Trivia note – Hamblin grew up in Singapore (’85 to ’93)!