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Post Rock/Math rock • United States


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CHON (stylized in all capitals) is an American math rock band formed in 2008 by guitarists Erick HANSEL and Mario CAMARENA, bassist Esiah, and drummer Nathan Camarena in San Diego. The band's name, which is an acronym for the four most abundant elements in the human body, was discovered while the band was in their early teens watching a science program. The band released a self-titled demo in 2008 without much success, and the band played in their local emo/hardcore scene until 2013, when Esiah left and was replaced with Drew PELISEK and the band recorded and released their debut EP Newborn Sun. The EP was successful due to the band's unique fusion of the 90's emo guitar tone, math rock, jazz fusion elements, and bits of energetic prog metal. The band followed the EP with a second EP, Woohoo!, in 2014. This EP introduced PELISEK as a vocalist as well on one track.

In 2015, the band announced they were signed by Sumerian Records, and their debut album Grow was released in early 2015. The album featured some re-recorded songs from their EPs as well as several new tracks. The band toured alongside CIRCA SURVIVE and enjoyed the success of their debut.


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3.57 | 8 ratings
Grow
2015
4.00 | 4 ratings
Homey
2017

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CHON Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.58 | 5 ratings
Newborn Sun
2013
2.60 | 4 ratings
Woohoo!
2014

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 Grow by CHON album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.57 | 8 ratings

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Grow
CHON Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Neu!mann
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Never heard of CHON? You're probably not alone, at least for now. The four-letter cipher (see below) identifies a southern California quartet specializing in tying complicated yet oddly delicate instrumental knots, all played in a familiar two-guitar format but with an invigorating sound all their own.

After a pair of self-released warm-up EPs, the group has finally recorded its debut full-length album, although 'full-length' might be an exaggeration: the whole thing is only 34-minutes long, and recycles half the contents of their 2014 "Woohoo!" EP. But the repeat selections are at least presented in new (and improved) arrangements, including the song "Echo" (formerly "Ecco"), one of only two vocal tracks floating like shallow atolls in a roiling ocean of Fripp-like guitar pointillism.

A lot of the album sounds like it might have started life as conventional pop music, and still carries a lingering trace of that same DNA. But the gamma-ray effect of all the energized twin-guitar gymnastics effectively mutated the results into something else entirely: not really Post or Math Rock; not really Jazz or Fusion; but definitely eclectic and thus highly recommended.

The most encouraging thing about CHON might be the relative youth of the players. Like the first wave of Progressive Rock pioneers in the late 1960s, these are kids willing to swim against the commercial mainstream in pursuit of a more demanding muse. And yet they aren't exactly rebels: all four had the good manners to thank their parents in the CD booklet, a gesture that only underlines their appeal, at least to this father of two.

The band's name, by the way, is supposedly an acronym of Carbon, Hydrogen, Oxygen, and Nitrogen. If true, the moniker certainly fits the music, sharing an egghead's appreciation of scientific methodology and elemental beauty..."the poetry of logical ideas", quoting Albert Einstein, who might have been a CHON fanboy in an alternate life.

 Woohoo! by CHON album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2014
2.60 | 4 ratings

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Woohoo!
CHON Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Neu!mann
Prog Reviewer

3 stars The sophomore outing by the spunky Math Rockers from southern California is another very short EP, sixteen minutes from start to finish. But these guys apparently enjoy working in concentrated spurts of caffeinated energy, and they pack a lot of detail into this abbreviated set.

The EP's title spells out their collective exuberance; the music itself does likewise, in five brief instrumental workouts plus one actual song, all of them models of polyrhythmic economy: bright and busy, but otherwise hard to define. The reliably misinformed Wikipedia cluelessly labels them a "progressive metal band". On the band's Facebook page, under the heading 'genre', they define their own style with an unfussy "doesn't matter", quote unquote.

That's a very healthy attitude for a quartet of precocious young musicians barely out of school, in just two words revealing a sense of modesty and confidence rarely found in a digitized generation typically obsessed with its social network insecurities, especially inside the hive-minds of Facebook and Twitter. Or is that just the ageism of a born-again Luddite rearing its grizzled head again?

The music is full of jazzy hyperactive ornamentation, while still managing to be surprisingly melodic. The group doesn't outstay its welcome, and won't burden the listener with any concept or message beyond the uncomplicated optimism of their music, and the joy they take from playing it. And if that isn't a hallmark of truly progressive (as opposed to Prog) Rock, I don't know what is...

 Newborn Sun by CHON album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2013
2.58 | 5 ratings

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Newborn Sun
CHON Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Neu!mann
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Frank Zappa is supposed to have once said, "Writing about music is like dancing about architecture", a statement usually meant to suggest the futility of shackling any creative act in the straightjacket of words.

But I've always considered it the other way around: as an endorsement of unlikely artistic collisions. What's wrong with dancing about architecture anyway? Sounds like a noble pursuit, to this left-footed wallflower. And what would a dance about architecture even look like?

I can't answer that. But I can show you what it might sound like, by introducing an absurdly young but accomplished quartet from San Diego calling themselves CHON.

As of this writing the band hasn't been around very long. But in only a few short years they've managed to attract a devoted cult audience for their modest yet elegant Math Rock algorithms: nimble twin-guitar filigrees arranged with pinpoint dexterity and precision. CHON play fast and they play hard, but at the same time are incredibly light on their collective toes, dancing around each note with an easy grace that belies the intricacy of the musical architecture.

They certainly don't believe in wasting anyone's time, either. Three of the seven titles on the band's debut effort clock in well short of one-minute, with the briefest of these - the colorfully titled "wut the.. (poop)" - barely cracking the ten-second mark. The entire package is less than 14-minutes long, hardly enough to even qualify as an actual EP, but ideal for busy Progheads with finely calibrated attention spans.

In the end this initial recording may not add up to anything more than a quick tease, presented with tentative expectations. Consider it a surprise valentine from a secret admirer you didn't know existed.

 Woohoo! by CHON album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2014
2.60 | 4 ratings

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Woohoo!
CHON Post Rock/Math rock

Review by memowakeman
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

2 stars In March 2014 this US band CHON released their second EP which is a bit different from the first one and in my humble opinion, represents a step forward on the band's creative process. This EP entitled Woohoo! can also be found and listened on their bandcamp site, so if you want to have 16 minutes of nice music, you can go and have fun with these six-song release.

The first track is a nice introduction that does not represent the band's sound, instead they bring us acoustic guitar moments that let us know the guitar man's skills. With "Knot" the math rock element appears but perfectly blend with a jazzy and fusion style, something that I think was not that evident on their first EP. "Ecco" has another new element: vocals. For the first time they put voice and lyrics on one of their pieces, and they do it nice. The rhythm is semi slow, charming and sensual at the same time. Easy to dig, a bit poppish but nice anyways.

"Sketch" offers the (I think) true CHON sound. Pure math rock with some djent and jazzy nuances. There are both fast and slow moments that are perfectly structured by these four musicians who know how to take advantage of their guitars, bass and drums. This is probably my favorite track from their two EPs.

"Dust" is a softer track, once again they bring acoustic guitar giving us a moment of relaxation and why not, introspection. Finally "Suda", which is a nice math rock track that ends this nice EP. With this improvement, I am now sure that their full-length album (which I am yet to listen) will bring me a positive experience.

*Now don't pay attention to my rating, because as a reviewer I have my "own rules" which don't allow me to rate releases under 20 minutes with more than 2 stars, unless it is the EP or single of my life.

Enjoy it!

 Newborn Sun by CHON album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2013
2.58 | 5 ratings

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Newborn Sun
CHON Post Rock/Math rock

Review by memowakeman
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

2 stars Nice but not memorable debut EP.

Here in Mexico I've been reading a lot of comments regarding this US band named CHON, a relatively new project by four musicians whose likes go from emo core to math rock, passing through djent and even metal. Later I saw they were included here in Prog Archives so I immediately wanted to know more about them and of course, listen to their music. Fortunately, I found their first EP available at their bandcamp site, because I wanted to dig them from the very beginning, before listening to their first full-length album.

What I found here in Newborn Sun, is a nice bunch of seven short instrumental songs that gives us the band's first steps. Labelling them as a math rock band fits perfectly, however there are moments in which they tend to bring sounds closer to emo and hardcore. The music is easy to dig, so anyone could listen and enjoy these 15 minutes without feeling bored, however, I believe there are not outstanding moments, no memorable track that I would highly suggest, no, but it is a nice first effort which marks the start of a new project, and that I assume led to the production of their first full-length album.

My favorite tracks were "Fluffy" and "Dew". I suggest this EP to math rock and djent lovers, you will have a good time. Enjoy it!

 Grow by CHON album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.57 | 8 ratings

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Grow
CHON Post Rock/Math rock

Review by LearsFool
Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

3 stars Chon are a young band out to make what can best be described as the math equivalent of power prog, forging an album of almost all instrumentals that are warm, energetic, and a joy to listen to, though in the manner that one enjoys snacks. They jam with skill and create a fine product, though there isn't so much to most of it, and suggest a band that has not just room to, *ahem*, grow, but also a need to. But the record is nice and a start. Heading into the second half, they have moments where they strengthen the sound with heavier portions. "Can't Wait" and "Echo" diversify things a bit with vocals, but the change of pace is mitigated by the fact that said vocals are by far the weakest part of the album. Overall, though, it's good, and the closer, "But", manages to be very interesting. We'll see what the future holds for this band.
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