Chromatics - Kill for Love (2012)
Chromatics are a band from Portland, Oregon, whose lineup features singer Ruth Radelet, guitarist Adam Miller, drummer Nat Walker, and producer/multi-instrumentalist Johnny Jewel. Chromatics’ new studio album, Kill for Love, was released March 26, 2012.
The band originally featured a trademark sound indebted to punk and lo-fi that was described as “noisy” and “chaotic”. After numerous lineup changes, which left guitarist Adam Miller as the sole original member, the band signed to the Italians Do It Better record label.
Chromatics gained recognition for their song “Tick of the Clock” which was featured in the heralded Drive movie and soundtrack, a feature film released September 2011 by director Nicolas Winding Refn. In December 2011, Johnny Jewel and Nat Walker released Symmetry, what was described as their “most ambitious project to date: a sprawling, 37-track, two-hour collection of cinematic noir-electro” featuring contributions from Chromatics and other Italians Do It Better acts Glass Candy, Desire and Mirage.
On October 23, 2011 Chromatics released the title track from their upcoming album, Kill for Love. Reviews described the new single as a “really hypnotizing, fascinating song that will definitely get you psyched for the record - Ruth Radalet warmly croons her sweet, cryptic confessional lyrics while her band effortlessly weaves a bubbling, dreamy, New Order-esque soundscape.”
The Fader mentioned, “Kill for Love will inaugurate a sea change where artists come to terms with themselves and start being open about how they sound when they sing. In basement studios everywhere, young vocalists will blink three times and start x-ing out effects in Ableton, look at the mirror for the first time in weeks, deep into their beady, sun-deprived eyes and whisper, “God, there are no shortcuts… Kill for Love continues the band’s penchant for popular-sound defiance that made Chromatics so exciting in the first place.”
After waiting patiently, Chromatics have began to reach fans “five years after the release of their incredibly prescient Night Drive album.” On February 11, 2012 the band leaked a second track from their upcoming Kill for Love album, “Into the Black.” Chromatics followed their second leak with three additional tracks, “Lady,” “Candy” and on March 11, 2012 their fifth leak “Back from the Grave.”
As fans anticipate the upcoming album, Johnny Jewel mentioned that the process of creating Kill for Love resulted in a total of 36 tracks that have been narrowed down to 17 for the album.
Chromatics’ Kill for Love was released March 26, 2012.