Chokebore - Anything Near Water
Chokebore lead singer Troy Miller is AmRep's answer to Slim Whitman. I am assuming he is of Swiss descent, cuz he yodels as if he's sporting sandpaper leiderhosen. This vocal style may turn some off, but I find it immensely enjoyable to sing along to. He carries a passion in his voice that is rare in today's punk/alternative showcase. Musically, this continues on from where their debut left off: soft minimal passages colliding with huge guitar walls, simple verse/chorus/verse arrangements, and depressing lyrics that may have you searching for a dull razor. Basically, another outstanding effort, but guys, what's with all the insect references?