We haven’t heard much from Philly pals Chronic Anxiety since they released their last EP, Faxed, last fall. Actually, it’s totally on-brand for the band to be a bit elusive. The trio can occasionally be spotted at a gig around town, but otherwise keep a low profile and even perform under pseudonyms — that way, their songwriting can be as honest and unfiltered as they want it to be.
Chronic Anxiety is back with their first full-length record, Canopy Shyness — 11 tracks of noisy, frustrated, cathartic punk goodness. The band, according to the bio on their Bandcamp page, began as a joke a few years back when its members, all government employees at the time, needed to collectively blow off some steam. The three musicians, who go by Ambr (no e), Hey Boi and Hi Boi for band purposes, make their built-up tension evident in their songs, unleashing it more directly and forcefully with each explosive shout.
As band member Hi Boi explains to Magnet Magazine:
“Ambr (no e) takes a lot of direct quotes from shit heard at work or things that are going on and then twists them together into word collages. Maybe it’s just screaming into a void. But so many people feel the same way, so sharing and communicating that frustration is productive to being able to overcome it, or simply cope. I think that’s why Chronic Anxiety is a good name for our band, because we all suffer and experience similar things and how we cope or don’t cope heavily affects our lives.”
Canopy Shyness is out August 31, but you can listen to an exclusive stream of the record at Magnet, and revisit the Faxed EP below.
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