Tera Melos, covet, Little Tybee
Friday, June 09
Show @ 6:30 PM MDT
Price: $17.00 – $21.00
Ages: All Ages
In the past seven years, CHON have gone from playing local shows in their hometown of San Diego to a spot on the Billboard 200 and tours with Animals As Leaders and Circa Survive. The easiest category to put CHON in would be â€œinstrumental,â€ but that doesnâ€™t do the band justice. On their debut full-length Grow, CHON incorporate prog rock and jazz with lightning quick picking, staccato drumming and buoyant melodies, creating a sound thatâ€™s fresh, exciting and wholly their own. (They even add vocals to a couple songs, â€œCanâ€™t Waitâ€ and â€œEcho.â€) There are intricacies to the songs on Grow, but the bandâ€™s approach to writing music is simple and organic. â€œWe have fun writing this kind of music,â€ says guitarist Mario Camarena. â€œWe donâ€™t take it too seriously; itâ€™s just music we naturally write. I hope people who enjoy our stuff have fun listening to it.â€ From their growing fanbase and positive reviews, to tours with scene heavy hitters, itâ€™s safe to say people are indeed enjoying CHONâ€™s music. The San Diego band, which also includes guitarist Erick Hansel, bassist Drew Pelisek and drummer Nathan Camarena (Marioâ€™s younger brother), began in early 2008 when friends Erick and Mario began writing what would become CHON songs. Soon they were ready to start playing shows, but they needed a drummer. So they taught Nathan how to play drums and had their first show that summer. It wasnâ€™t long before they were playing every show they could. In 2010 the band took an extended break, but by 2012 they had decided to pursue CHON full-time and were back to touring and writing music. â€œWeâ€™ve always had it in the back of our minds that we wanted to make [music] a career,â€ Mario says. â€œFor some reason this project just turned out to be the one. Itâ€™s the music we started writing when we came into our own style and had our own original sound.â€ They released their first EP, Newborn Sun in 2013 and followed it up in 2014 with the Woohoo! EP. That record put CHON on the map, earning them a spot Billboard 200. Much like the title of their debut album suggests, CHON have evolved greatly since forming in 2008. Thereâ€™s no telling where they will go next, musicallyâ€”but more people are sure to be listening.