Most KEXP listeners have yet to hear of the band Chief, but that’s about to change very soon. A few years ago, the four-piece, made up of Evan Koga, Michael Moonves, and brothers Danny and Michael Fujikawa, brought their Southern California harmonies from their native Los Angeles to New York City, where they all ended up studying at NYU (the latter three all went to grade school together). Perhaps it’s due to the grit of NYC, but despite their obvious inspiration from The Band and CSNY, Chief escapes easy comparison to newer bands like Fleet Foxes on the mere fact that they are more likely to swagger. And people have taken notice. In fact, Domino Records just signed the band after they played a few sets at Glastonbury this summer. Not bad for a band that has yet to finish their full length debut!
If their live set today on KEXP piqued your interest, head over to their MySpace page to sample two recorded songs, and look out for Chief headed your way!
photos by Carolina Rivera
Live at The Cutting Room Studios NYC