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Chromatics at Wonder Ballroom in Portland

Photo - Chromatics at Wonder Ballroom September 7 2013 by Kirk Chantraine

Photo – Chromatics at Wonder Ballroom September 7 2013 by Kirk Chantraine

Photos–Chromatics at Wonder Ballroom, Portland, September 7 2013

– photos by Kirk Chantraine

Chromatics played the Wonder Ballroom in Portland as part of MusicFestNW 2013.

The band’s most recent album, Kill for Love, came in #15 in the Pitchfork Readers’ Poll for best albums of 2012.

The band formed in the Pacific Northwest more than a decade ago. The group’s sound has been described as falling under the “slow, dreamy, not-always-Italian dance-pop subgenre known as Italo disco,” according to Pitchfork, which goes on (in a Kill for Love album review) to say: “As with other acts on New Jersey-based Italians Do It Better, a label co-founded by group mastermind Johnny Jewel, Chromatics didn’t just incorporate the vocoders and vintage synth arpeggios of the turn-of-the-1980s originals, they added the brittle guitars, dubby reverb, and urban dread of post-punk.”

Photos – Chromatics at Republic, Vancouver Sept 22 2011

The group received a shot in the arm publicity-wise when two Jewel-assisted tracks appeared on the soundtrack to the movie Drive. Besides Jewel, Chromatics’ other main member is vocalist Ruth Radelet.

Kill for Love is Chromatics’ first album since 2007’s Night Drive. The 90-minute album features a cover of Neil Young‘s “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)”. The band has also covered Bruce Springsteen‘s “I’m On Fire” and Kate Bush‘s “Running Up That Hill”.

More Chromatics MusicFestNW 2013 photos:

Kirk Chantraine

About Kirk Chantraine

Kirk Chantraine is a Canadian photographer and software developer currently based in Vancouver, British Columbia. He graduated from Vancouver Film School for 3D Animation in 2004 and has been working in the Visual Effects industry ever since with companies such as Electronic Arts and Disney. Over the last few years Kirk has exhibited his photographic works in San Francisco and Vancouver. A music aficionado and vinyl junkie, Kirk shoots live music and performance at an inhuman pace across North America for The Snipe News , along with landscape and portraiture. If you're buying: gin-and-tonics. He is @kchantraine on Twitter.
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