Dublin, County Dublin
Led by brothers Rocky and Gordo Whittaker, but soul mates since their days at school, The Chakras were hell bent on writing music that evoked some sort of reaction. Raised on a diet of Soul In Heaven era Verve self-belief, and Jesus and Mary Chain’s wanton fuzz, the band took an early hazy blueprint of how they wanted to sound and immediately removed anything that might interfere with their creating of it.
They killed off long-standing relationships, resigned from the day-jobs and cut local ties, moved to London, signed to Planet Function Records and have here made a record that took those noisy, hissing 8-track bedroom demos and transformed the very same songs into swirling, guitar-heavy anthems.
Introduced in late 2010 with the skyscraping ‘Build Me A Swan’ single on limited 7”, The Chakras’ work with producer Jaz Rogers and mixer Chris Potter (Urban Hymns) has given the band a freedom to reference those immediate shoegaze influences, but not mask the melodies with too much unnecessary noise.
Debut album ‘Build Me A Swan’ is released in September 2011 with the artwork being designed by Storm Thorgerson of Pink Floyd fame.