CHEW, a hypnotically psychedelic trio of sonic experimentalists, is comprised of Brett Reagan on guitar and electronics, Sarah "Snare-uh" Wilson on drums, and Brandon Pittman on bass. While the Atlantans certainly aren’t strangers to their hometown scene as individual players (Pittman’s in Swank Sinatra, Wilson in DAMS, and Reagan formerly played in Lotus Quadrant), CHEW is something entirely new and different—fusing acid rock, experimental music, and hard-driving fuzz—and it’s ensnared audiences.
At its core, CHEW allows Reagan to experiment with older technology and vintage gear.
“I don’t ever want to perform with a laptop,” Reagan says resolutely. “I’m not saying that great things can’t be accomplished with a computer on stage, because they can. For me, it’s about pushing things as far as I can with a limited amount of resources, while giving a nod to those who utilized the equipment before me.”
Right now, his setup includes a Korg Monotribe, a small analog synthesizer based off of the 1978 Korg MS-20. In place of keys is a touch-sensitive ribbon. “It makes some really awesome and strange noises,” Reagan shares.
He also uses a Roland 404 sampler, run through a guitar amp to grit up the sheen. “Instead of playing a sample and having the band try to sync it, I’ll separate that sample into five or so pieces, or play along with the band,” Reagan explains of his sampler process.
It’s sure to be a captivating process to watch live.
HOTPLATE are the perfect local addition for genre-pushing jams, and if you haven’t seen Carpet Coats yet, you must be hiding indoors: the freak-folk trio’s been kicking off nearly every show as of late, and keep getting better and better. Friday, August 14, 9 p.m., free
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