Giveaway & Video Premiere: Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters, “Döner Trump”

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There are two facts you should know going into the video below. First, Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters are fucking awesome, though if you don’t know that, you will soon enough. Second, döner is Turkish street meat. Sometimes gross Turkish street meat. It’s sold in London and elsewhere in small shops with rotating slabs of wrong-looking product from which the meat is cut off in slices and served in pita in styrofoam trays. It is not the kind of thing one should or would eat while sober. It is the kind of thing you might regret later regardless of your level of lucidity. It’s like a gyro, but not a gyro the way Chinese dumplings aren’t ravioli. Okay.

But not to stray too far from the first point, Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters — who are right up there with the finest executions of the UK’s silly-long-names-for-really-good-bands program — made their awaited full-length debut over the summer through Riff Rock Records with the charmingly titled Come and Chutney, a collection of eight blazed-out rockers fueled by sludge fuckall, tight grooves like those of “Cojones Feos” or the flatulence-laden “Gutlads” and an underlying current of punk and filthy thrash in cuts like “Krones of the Kiln” and “Döner Trump” that set up the sprawling stoner exploration of the finale “Psychedelic Hallucinogenic Vagrancy.” Opening with nasty intentions quickly on “Doggy Bad of Slurry,” it’s an album willfully crass that nonetheless makes its case via songwriting and the grit of its tones. Comprised of guitarist/vocalist Owen Carty, bassist Will Hart and drummer Mark Buckwell, Chubby Thunderous slush and stomp their way through all manner of much and bodily fluids in order to make their point, but there’s no questioning they do precisely that. Building on the accomplishments of their 2015 debut EP, Earth Hog (review here), and their 2017 split with Ten Foot Wizard (review here), the three-piece arrive at their first long-player with a firm sense of who they are as a band and exactly the kind of sonic mayhem they want to cause.

chubby thunderous bad kush masters come and chutneyOne of the best debuts of 2018? Absolutely. Because while the outward aesthetic may be one of destructive disaffection, the foundation from which Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters execute that is more than solid enough to sustain them. They’re not a sloppy band, as the tense, drum-led rhythm and low-end air-push of “Gawdless” shows,” and though Carty‘s vocals are a harsh, bad-drug sneer throughout, they’re not completely void of melody either, even when they might otherwise be, on the nod-inducing “Glue Ear” or the thrust of the aforementioned “Döner Trump,” which seems to bask in multi-tiered disgust at its subject matter. Further, when they arrive at “Psychedelic Hallucinogenic Vagrancy,” its departure isn’t completely without preface thanks to the subdued launch of “Doggy Bad of Slurry,” though where it heads from there, with the Mellotron and guest appearances from Vodun‘s Chantal Brown, Ten Foot Wizard‘s Gary Harkin and Thom Carter of Riddles, is most definitely in a sphere of its own as regards the rest of the record, pulling back on tempo and passing the 10-minute mark with an open vibe and pervasive swirl of wah. Given the aggression of so much of what surrounds, it’s hard to believe at first, but by the time Brown‘s operatics arrive circa four minutes in, yeah, it’s for real. While we’re talking highlights, the subsequent verse Brown carries is a gem, and the instrumental buildup that follows, with the keys/synth adding to the wash along with the vocals cutting through, is a fitting end both to the track and the record as a whole. I’m not gonna say Chubby Thunderous aren’t fucking around on Come and Chutney. They are, to be sure. That doesn’t change the quality of the results.

For those of us who haven’t had the pleasure of seeing the band on stage, they have a new live video for “Döner Trump” filmed at The Black Heart in Camden Town, which, so far as I know, hasn’t changed its policy about letting even well-supervised babies hang out at the bar downstairs. So it goes. Still a great place to see a show, and from the looks of things, Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters put on a hell of a one. If you find yourself at any point going “eww” as regards their general sound, that’s the idea, but I suspect that if you haven’t encountered them before — and you probably have by now, I know; but just in case — the energy with which they bring “Döner Trump” to bear is no less infectious than the song itself. And these dudes certainly do seem to be infected.

If you want the vinyl — and you do — leave a comment on this post to get it and I’ll hit you up if you win. No, I’m not gonna keep your email address and blah blah blah all that shit. Either way, please enjoy:

Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters, “Döner Trump” official live video premiere

Two copies of this one going out with tees, stickers and whatnot:

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24 Responses to “Giveaway & Video Premiere: Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters, “Döner Trump””

  1. Luis Raposo says:

    Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters rule!

  2. Lisa Hass says:

    Thanks JJ for introducing me to a band I’ve never heard before. Sweet!

  3. Lisa Hass says:

    Thanks JJ! Doner Trump indeed.

  4. Daniel Sosa says:

    WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL SURPRISE!!!! Saw the cover and never expected the sound to match up and I’m glad it didn’t???????????

  5. You give me this and I’ll give it to someone who needs it, ‘cos I’ve got and reviewed it already (see link, I was on the preorders). Ridiculously good band and album. (I’ll keep the merch bits though, chubby merch YEAH)

  6. Daniel sosa says:

    Not sure if this was posted already but just in case……..this was such a great find, never expected he cover to match the music and i’m glad it didn’t!!!!!!

  7. Tim Edwards says:

    Matt Pike for president.
    Owen Carty for prime minister.

  8. Daniel sosa says:

    3rd try and I haven’t seen my posts, THIS IS GREAT SH** AND I LOVE THIS BAND!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Mark James says:

    Yes to diner with all the trimmings. And yes to C.T.B.K.M.

  10. Seb says:

    Wow, love this band, their new record is amazing too ! Thanks for the contest, cheers !

  11. Trav says:

    Excellent review. The live video is tasty and I’ll definitely give them more love after seeing/hearing that. October 17th is also time for thunderous Canadian kush combined with this album.

  12. Hey, got the band on my radar since your review of their split with Ten foot Wizard!
    Great band – gonna try to have them on our next Sauzipf Rocks Festival.
    Vinyl would be very welcomed ;-)
    Great work as always,
    cheers,

    Nile.

  13. Tom says:

    Always love a bit of bad kush.

  14. Andy Harding says:

    These guys make me feel all fuzzy, right down to my hoop and my nads.

  15. Luca says:

    Great record!

  16. Ben says:

    A bit of sludge, a bit of heavy psych! This is fantastic!

  17. John says:

    Randomly found these guys awhile back and have been digging them since. Hilarious they make their own tie dye shirts and sell them as merch.

  18. Stuart Smith says:

    Saw the show at the Blackheart highlight was Chantelle from Vodun joining them onstage….bliss!!!

  19. Dav says:

    Throw another new band for me on the list. I’m all in for some new vinyl!

  20. Viviana says:

    This sounds like a cosmic thunderous sound send from another dimension! Love it!!

  21. Jonny says:

    Slurry me up……..?

  22. John Higham says:

    These chaps are great!

  23. Vasyl says:

    I want it more than others!

  24. Dutch gus says:

    No such thing as bad kush.
    Surplus festival was a laugh.

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