I did not know that Chelsea was a band at the root of the punk movement (well, according to Wikipedia, they were). Their song “I’m On Fire” is fast, but it’s tuneful. They come across as energetic, but not what I might have once thought of as punk.
Singer Gene October sounds more like Paul Weller than Johnny Rotten, and the music isn’t as sloppy as the Pistols from that era, but it’s definitely repetitive, relying more on brute force than flash to deliver their message.
The video is great, watching the kids pogoing in the nascent mosh pit. Who knows if the crowd shots are from the Chelsea portion of the show, but it’s still a fun crowd.
Where URGH! They Now?
Well, I’m not really sure. I tried contacting their management on their website, but now I cant’ even find that link. The site hasn’t been updated since 2010, however, they do have Facebook and MySpace page. Former member Jeff Piccinini (Geoff Myles) is in a band called The Revenant, which seems to be based out of San Francisco.