Chokebore - Strange Lines EP

Grade: A -

Wow, I have to admit, when I was given this, I didn't quite know what to think. It didn't look like much to me, and the name Chokebore screamed "BRUTAL" at me. Was I ever wrong. Chokebore sounds like a group of guys who used to be hardcore, and progressed into the melancholy disenchanted sound they've achieved today... wait. --After looking around briefly on their website, that may in fact be what happened. I'm not sure though. Anyway, it looks like this band has been around for a LONG time... and I'm the idiot for not knowing about them. Hell, they even opened for Nirvana years ago. Their patient approach proves stunning, and powerful. It seems like they tip-toe their way through these songs, lulling us to sleep, but commanding us to stay awake. This ep makes me want to have a fireplace, so I have something to sit in front of and stare at while I listen to it.

Brent G. Warner

Geek America (2000/04/01)