Feature: Jack Foley
BRISTOL five-piece, Chikinki, appear to be fusing guitars, electronics
and a cocksure rocknroll swagger to make a name for
themselves, determined to get away from the retro-focused outlook
on a lot of modern bands.
They describe their sound as fast-forward pop, playful
and passionate, which is music that dares to dream.
The band is comprised of Rupert Browne, 24,on vocals, Steve Bond,
25, on drums, Ed East, 24, on guitar, Boris Ecton, 24, on keyboards,
and Trevor Wensley, 24, also on keyboards.
When it comes to song-writing, they compose high-voltage anthems
of lust, despair, excess, paranoia and euphoria.
Tracks range from achingly sad alt-folk ballads, to body-popping
Needless to say, it is an attitude which has earned them a tag
of being a young band to watch.
All in their mid-twenties, Chikinki came together from wildly
Singer, Rupert Browne, spent his teens in London, witnessing
first hand the peak years of Britpop, drumnbass and
Meanwhile, Steve Bond gave up a career in Formula One race-car
design to drum for the band, and guitarist, Ed East, left behind
a military up-bringing.
Chikinki also have two keyboard players, Boris Ecton and Trevor
Wensley, who add scrambled rhythms and space-rock dynamics to
the bands already crowded musical melting pot.
Chance and destiny threw all five members of Chikinki together,
in Bristol, in the late 1990s.
Arriving from the scattered corners of Britain, they ended up
sharing a house in the citys Bedminster district. Chikinki
Heights remains the bands nerve centre, home base and DIY
And without wanting to sound immodest, Chikinki maintain they
have arrived to stop the rot in British rock, to trash the
party and sex up the dossier.
With new album, Lick Your Ticket, they feel they have produced
the super-eclectic, hyper-kinetic, boundlessly inventive
album of the year.
"This is our Going Out record," explains Boris. "The
last one was our Staying In record."