Chavez

Full Discography

LPs
  • Better Days Will Haunt You - - 2006-10-10
  • Ride the Fader - - 1996-11-05
  • Pentagram Ring - - 1995-10-17
  • Gone Glimmering - - 1995-05-23
  • “Repeat the Ending” b/w “Hack the Sides Away” - - 1994-07-25

Biography

     
It is both a blessing and a curse to be born with a penis. Freud knew this. So did Candy Darling. And so, mutatis mutandis, do the men of Chavez. They are phallus-wrestlers of the highest order, as evidenced not only by the muscular sensitivity of their music, but also quite literally by the title of their new EP, Cockfighters. Three songs in nine minutes; a new chapter and a willful engagement with the masculine issues—both hidden and overt—of our time. 

To those of you who now implore, “Tell me the tale entire of Chavez,” we would caution that history is one big flaccid schlong draped across us all. Its inches are the measure of humankind’s institutionalized lies. So we don’t want to spend too much time on the past. But, for the sake of completion, we’ll blast through the pertinents real quick: Chavez was an integral part of the Matador records 1990s ejaculation of genius. With a bit more arena-rock in their DNA than most of their labelmates, Chavez took the nervous structures and ruminative lyric modes of the Indie Rock Pleistocene but added, deeper and more effectively than their peers, an injection of glistening testosterone-maximized amperage to the mix.

The band is composed of four Renaissance gents, varied and successful in their non ‘Vez pursuits.

 Bassist Scott Marshall is a filmmaker who works and surfs in Malibu each and every day. He is lifelong friends with Anson Williams, which is a true fact you can research if you wish. 

Drummer The James Lo, who is distinguished as a human in 2016 by the lack of a Wikipedia page that captures and classifies his essence in digital formaldehyde, is ambivalent about this rock music thing. He spends his time designing sound for contemporary dance and creating bits of hardware and software for music and theater.

Guitarist, riff-writer, and purveyor of harmony vocals Clay Tarver is a screenwriter who has worked on all four seasons of the HBO series Silicon Valley. He won a WGA Award in 2015 and subsequently, as he tells it, “nearly shit [his] pants onstage in a Men’s Warehouse rented tux.”

Guitarist, lyricist, and lead singer Matt Sweeney is a knight errant of studio and stage who has played with everyone from Iggy Pop and Neil Diamond to Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Adele, and Run The Jewels. When all us humans have finally moved on from this Earth and are grooving as one spiritual mass to the great afterlife band of eternity, we will surely find Sweeney at the lip of the stage.

For now, in the material world, we walk around in our mortal fleshbags looking for good things to listen to—which is where these new Chavez tunes come in handy. Aside from a scattered drippage of shows and some new vocals on a greatest hits set, this here is the first public utterance from Chavez since 1996. But please put away your hot branding iron that says REUNION in the Wrangler? font. You will not be able to use it on the exposed flesh of Chavez because, technically, the band never broke up. They just noticed that the less they did, the more people wanted them. So they became a wee bit diffuse in their approach, getting together now and then over the years to proverbially noodle in the proverbial woodshed. 

So this is less a Lazarus vibe then it is, say, a flaming and glorious phoenix kind of a trip. Imagine if Charles Willeford—author of the 1962 cult pulp novel (and literary ancestor to this EP) Cockfighter—clawed himself out of the grave and said, through a gargle of dirt and his own decaying bones, “Hey, folks. I’ve been down there writing the whole time and, here you go: got a new book for y’all here.” This Chavez moment we’re witnessing right now is kind of like that. A much-needed and genuinely ripping jolt of new perspective from artists of experience and wisdom. Thanks, men.

—Jesse Pearson

News From The Matablog

Coming January 13 : CHAVEZ - 'Cockfighters' EP

OLE-1109 Chavez Cockfighters


"The Bully Boys"

After a two decade sabbatical, highly revered U.S. quartet CHAVEZ make their hotly rumored return to the rock frontlines with a new 3 song 12”/digital EP, ‘Cockfighters’, released by Matador on January 13 of the new year. Said EP — recorded in 2015 with longtime associate John Agnello —— represents the band’s first new recordings since their 1996 album, ‘Ride the Fader’. Will this EP result in a future full-length? Will Chavez once again exhibit the sort of live form they flashed at 2010’s Matador 21 celebrations? We don’t think you should bet money on it, but on the other hand, if you have a genuine gambling problem, judgmental scolding isn’t going to help anyone. Let’s enjoy this all-too-brief reminder of the band’s genius while we can.

TRACK LISTING:
1. The Singer Lied
2. Blank In The Blaze
3. The Bully Boys

Chavez-photo copy
It is both a blessing and a curse to be born with a penis. Freud knew this. So did Candy Darling. And so, mutatis mutandis, do the men of Chavez. They are phallus-wrestlers of the highest order, as evidenced not only by the muscular sensitivity of their music, but also quite literally by the title of their new EP, Cockfighters. Three songs in nine minutes; a new chapter and a willful engagement with the masculine issues—both hidden and overt—of our time. To those of you who now implore, “Tell me the tale entire of Chavez,” we would caution that history is one big flaccid schlong draped across us all. Its inches are the measure of humankind’s institutionalized lies. So we don’t want to spend too much time on the past. But, for the sake of completion, we’ll blast through the pertinents real quick: Chavez was an integral part of the Matador records 1990s ejaculation of genius. With a bit more arena-rock in their DNA than most of their labelmates, Chavez took the nervous structures and ruminative lyric modes of the Indie Rock Pleistocene but added, deeper and more effectively than their peers, an injection of glistening testosterone-maximized amperage to the mix. The band is composed of four Renaissance gents, varied and successful in their non ‘Vez pursuits. Bassist Scott Marshall is a filmmaker who works and surfs in Malibu each and every day. He is lifelong friends with Anson Williams, which is a true fact you can research if you wish. Drummer The James Lo, who is distinguished as a human in 2016 by the lack of a Wikipedia page that captures and classifies his essence in digital formaldehyde, is ambivalent about this rock music thing. He spends his time designing sound for contemporary dance and creating bits of hardware and software for music and theater. Guitarist, riff-writer, and purveyor of harmony vocals Clay Tarver is a screenwriter who has worked on all four seasons of the HBO series Silicon Valley. He won a WGA Award in 2015 and subsequently, as he tells it, “nearly shit [his] pants onstage in a Men’s Warehouse rented tux.” Guitarist, lyricist, and lead singer Matt Sweeney is a knight errant of studio and stage who has played with everyone from Iggy Pop and Neil Diamond to Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Adele, and Run The Jewels. When all us humans have finally moved on from this Earth and are grooving as one spiritual mass to the great afterlife band of eternity, we will surely find Sweeney at the lip of the stage. For now, in the material world, we walk around in our mortal fleshbags looking for good things to listen to—which is where these new Chavez tunes come in handy. Aside from a scattered drippage of shows and some new vocals on a greatest hits set, this here is the first public utterance from Chavez since 1996. But please put away your hot branding iron that says REUNION in the WranglerⓇ font. You will not be able to use it on the exposed flesh of Chavez because, technically, the band never broke up. They just noticed that the less they did, the more people wanted them. So they became a wee bit diffuse in their approach, getting together now and then over the years to proverbially noodle in the proverbial woodshed. So this is less a Lazarus vibe then it is, say, a flaming and glorious phoenix kind of a trip. Imagine if Charles Willeford—author of the 1962 cult pulp novel (and literary ancestor to this EP) Cockfighter—clawed himself out of the grave and said, through a gargle of dirt and his own decaying bones, “Hey, folks. I’ve been down there writing the whole time and, here you go: got a new book for y’all here.” This Chavez moment we’re witnessing right now is kind of like that. A much-needed and genuinely ripping jolt of new perspective from artists of experience and wisdom. Thanks, men. —Jesse Pearson
PREORDER 'Cockfighters' here. Chavez at Facebook.

Coming In January : LP Reissues Of Chavez' 'Ride The Fader' & 'Gone Glimmering'



(photo : Jesse Peretz)

Here at Matador Records and Filmworks, we've long lived by the credo established by our founder, Chris Lombardi, who once declared, "give the people what they want.  Especially if it's easily accomplished and/or lucrative for us."  And with that in mind, we have listened to the pleas and threats of YOU, the music fans still devoted to paying for physical goods, and can finally announce that after 12 long years in the out-of-print wilderness, we're reissuing both of Chavez' Matador albums on vinyl on January 20, 2015



("Break Up Your Band", from 'Gone Glimmering', directed by Scott Marshall)

“It’s not like we’re out to desconstruct rock, but when we started the band, we had an agreement that we wouldn’t play anything that sounded like something we’d heard before.” – MATT SWEENEY (speaking to Billboard in 1996) “For me, Chavez was this perfect creative beast. We had all these annoyingly strong ideas about what we wanted to do, and we did them. We did them exactly.” – CLAY TARVER (speaking to The New York Times Magazine in 2011)
("Unreal Is Here", from 'Ride The Fader', directed by Clay Tarver and Scott Marshall) The quartet of Tarver, Sweeney and crack rhythm section James Lo and Scott Masciarelli never quite broke up --- they just take many years inbetween gigs (and many more years making us wait for a third album). But there's an awful lot to be said for leaving a flawless recorded legacy behind, and 1995's 'Gone Glimmering' and 1996's 'Ride The Fader' are unbeatable slabs of thinking-person's loud rock from an era where such sounds were not in short supply. To say both albums have grown in stature and influence years after their release would not be an exaggeration, but that's precisely why we're taking brutal advantage of the situation at this very moment. Preorder from The Matador Store : 'Gone Glimmering' 'Ride The Fader' (via Amazon : 'Gone Glimmering' 'Ride The Fader'

ATTN : Lovers of "Appointment Television"






Tonight on HBO (or as people older than dirt used to call it, "Home Box Office",  Mike Judge's newest TV creation, the highly touted "Silicon Valley" premieres.  Chavez guitarist Clay Tarver (above, far right) is one of the show's writers and weirdly enough, episode one features (drum roll)... THE MUSIC OF CHAVEZ.

Matt Sweeney Puts The (Guitar) Moves On QOTSA's Josh Homme



(Video courtesy Noisey).  In which Chavez/Endless Boogie/Soldiers Of Fortune guitarist / producer extraordinaire Matt Sweeney talks guitarism with Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme.  The whole series is great, btw, even if Matt failed to secure a sitdown with Michael Angel Batio.  

Press Releases Of The Ailing Stars (Or, "Chavez Aren't Playing ATP")



(EDIITOR'S NOTE  :  the 24 hour rock news cycle isn't kind to stories of great seriousness, but we're hopeful the following will serve as a teaching moment of sorts for our younger readers, or the illiterate older people they hang out with.  The memo below came to us via Chavez earlier today - GC)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Chavez regrets to announce cancellation of their appearance at September 23's "I'll Be Your Mirror" / All Tomorrow's Parties in New York curated by Greg Dulli. 

Suffering from what has been called "near lethal exhaustion" due to the band's heavy touring schedule, guitarist Clay Tarver has checked himself into The Serenities Treatment Center outside of Mesa, Arizona.

The band's management said only he will be receiving attention for issues he has battled for some time, and released a short statement from the famed guitarist: "I hope to catch my breath, face some demons, and come out kicking more ass than ever.  You're the best."

 

 

 

Chavez asks "the number one fans in the world" to please respect Tarver's privacy at this delicate time.

Pre-blog News

News
7/10/07--Chavez Ringtones Now Available
Matador Records is pleased to announce a new ringtones service. We currently have ringtones available from 11 artists, including Chavez, and more are coming soon. mobile.matadorrecords.com is the new home for all your Matador ringtones needs. 

2/21/07
 — Rolling Stone rolls with Chavez
Chavez's "the guard attacks" is a song you would play for a Martian who wanted to know what electric guitars are for. It's only three minutes long, yet Clay Tarver and Matt Sweeney splatter the walls with power chords and explosive harmonics, surging from peak to peak. Plus, the words are funny ("Your uncertain age gives me the shakes"), and the drummer is a madman. 
-Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone

Truer words were never written. At least not in that magazine. Read the whole review HERE.

11/28/06 — Chavez giveth and Chavez taketh away: Silverlake date added 
The cancellation of Chavez's scheduled appearance in Baltimore is old news by now, and so is the rumored Chicago show that stayed a rumor, but that doesn't make it hurt any less.

Still, it isn't all gray skies as we head into the winter. The residents of sunny Los Angeles will be able to ring in the new year the Chavez way with a show at Spaceland on 12/31. No word as to whether the festivities will include a live reenactment of the "Break Up Your Band" video, but if so, Southern California is as good a place as any. Find all the details on this and any other Chavez concert HERE.

10/24/06 — Chavez walks among us 

The first public appearances of Chavez since, well, those last ones, have been confirmed. 

Dec 2 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
Dec. 16 - Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw (16 +)

Endless Boogie will provide support (moral, spiritual) on both dates. Look for further info/venue links on the Tour Page.

10/18/06 — www.menofchavez.com: the official site 
If you visit the official album site for 'Better Days Will Haunt You,' you can stream some tracks and watch mind-blowing music videos for "Unreal Is Here, and "Break Up Your Band" (Keep your eyes peeled for a certain label's certain art director!). Also at menofchavez.com: Browse through animated versions of the album art.

10/13/06 —Obscure online publication raves about Chavez 
Some online music site that, despite it's name, is NOT devoted to chronicling the Black Metal underground is going crazy for "Better Days Will Haunt You." The votes are in ladies and gentlemen, and the men of Chavez earned a 9.4 on what I can only assume is a ten point scale.

Still, the question remains: How can you name your website after Satan's accessory of choice and not review anything by Venom? Read the whole review HERE.

09/12/06 — Remastered MP3s Up
THREE MP3s from the 'Better Days Will Haunt You' double CD-plus-DVD set are now available for your listening pleasure. The REMASTERED songs are "The Guard Attacks / Unreal Is Here" tracks 2 and 3 from Ride The Fader(1996), and "You Faded," a non-album B-side from the long out-of-printPentagram Ring EP (1995). Listen here.

08/28/06 — A memo: A moment for the men of Chavez

08/07/06 — At last, a testament
The 'Better Days Will Haunt You' double CD-plus-DVD set is a tribute to over-completeness and deluxitude. This fully remastered set contains:

  • A triple-gatefold digipak: 2 CDs plus DVD
  • Two 28-page books
  • The two original studio albumsGone Glimmering (1995) andRide The Fader (1996)
  •  
    The non-album B-sides from the “Repeat The Ending” single (1994) and the Pentagram Ring EP (1995) and compilation tracks from What’s Up Matador (1997) and the Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks(1996) albums
  • previously unreleased studio track entitled “White Jeans
  • The 2 mindblowingly audacious and ambitious promo videos, for “Break Up Your Band” and “Unreal Is Here”
  • The ‘Boys Making Music... Music Making Men’ documentary of the band touring Europe with Guided By Voices in 1996, with commentary by legendary Hollywood producer/director Garry Marshall
  • Plus other DVD Easter eggs

As Alternative Press wrote, literally 10 years ago, "Fuck the album, where's the box set?" (Jason Pettigrew). Well, here it is. Complete track listing below.

CHAVEZ
Better Days Will Haunt You OLE-720

DISC ONE

1. Repeat The Ending - FIRST SINGLE A-SIDE (OLE-104-7)
2. Hack The Sides Away - FIRST SINGLE B-SIDE (OLE-104-7)

GONE GLIMMERING

3. Nailed To The Blank Spot
4. Break Up Your Band
5. Laugh Track
6. The Ghost By The Sea
7. Pentagram Ring
8. Peeled Out Too Late
9. The Flaming Gong
10. Wakeman’s Air
11. Relaxed Fit

12. The Nerve - PENTAGRAM RING CD EP (OLE-146-2)
13. You Faded - PENTAGRAM RING CD EP (OLE-146-2)
14. Little 12 Toes - SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK

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DISC TWO

RIDE THE FADER

1. Top Pocket Man
2. The Guard Attacks
3. Unreal Is Here
4. New Room
5. Tight Around The Jaws
6. Lions
7. Our Boys Will Shine Tonight
8. Memorize This Face
9. Cold Joys
10. Flight ‘96
11. Ever Overpsyched
12. You Must Be Stopped

13. Theme >From ‘For Russ’ - WHAT'S UP MATADOR
14. White Jeans - PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED STUDIO TRACK, WITH NEW VOCALS

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DVD
1. Break Up Your Band VIDEO
2. Unreal Is Here VIDEO
3. Boys Making Music... Music Making Men DOCUMENTARY (with Garry Marshall commentary)
easter eggs: Flight '96 live, something called 'soundcheck'

12/03/99 — You’ve been asking forChavez updates. We’ve been curious, too. Seems the high profile rockers are occupying their time with the mundane chores of day to day life. Grocery shopping, phone answering, and shower taking top the short list. "I’ve been paying a lot of bills," says James Lo, drummer. We’ll bring you more exciting reports as they arrive.

11/15/1999 — Tonic’s Songwriter Series, this Sunday the 14th: Matt Sweeney, international minister of intrigue, is singer/guitarist of Chavezand has also played with Cat Power, Guided By Voices and Bonnie Prince Billie, among others. He built his empire on the back of drummer James Lo (Chavez), who will be joining him this evening. With Anomoanon. At Tonic, 107 Norfolk Street.

 

12/03/99
You've been asking for Chavez updates. We've been curious, too. Seems the high profile rockers are occupying their time with the mundane chores of day to day life. Grocery shopping, phone answering, and shower taking top the short list. "I've been paying a lot of bills," says James Lo, drummer. We'll bring you more exciting reports as they arrive.

 

11/15/1999
Tonic's Songwriter Series, this Sunday the 14th: Matt Sweeney, international minister of intrigue, is singer/guitarist of Chavez and has also played with Cat Power, Guided By Voices and Bonnie Prince Billie, among others. He built his empire on the back of drummer James Lo (Chavez), who will be joining him this evening. With Anomoanon. At Tonic, 107 Norfolk Street. 

10/08/99
The Matador 10th Anniversary shows will be up onhttp://www.cdnow.com/events starting 10/8 and ending 11/15. Upon launch they will put up close to full sets for all the bands except Yo La Tengo, Come and Jega, whose partial sets will go up 10/12. Chavez will not be participating.

Also look next week to us for a complete photo and interview fest with all your favorite Matador acts. For now, we bring you candid snapshots and MP3 interview clips with Chan Marshal and Chavez on how they came to know Matador, childhood scars, and kegs of beer. 

Matt Sweeny and James Lo of Chavez talk about the first bands they ever formed. Matt and James talk aboutchildhood scars. Matt and James talk about the first Matador records they bought. James hates weddings. I only asked him about cake. 

Overheard in the crowd at the 10th Anniversary shows: "The only good band they have anymore is Chavez." 

02/12/99
A few words about Chavez, brought to you by marketing chief Christina Zafiris:

 

Last month, the Bonnie "Prince" Billie's Easy Times tour of Europe featured some boys of Chavez. Matt played lead guitar and James drummed along with Mike Fellows (ex Royal Trux, Air Miami) and Will Oldham. Word is they used a lot of set time with Thin Lizzy and AC/DC covers (the way it should be).... On his quest for easy times in Iceland, Matt was flipped off (given the finger) by the locals. Our friend Nils had the same experience in that fine country (must be a nice place)... Remember Chavez are playing at the Bowery Ballroom (New York) on Tuesday (2/23) and tickets are still available. We heard that they are starting "interband negotiations" to start working on their new record, working title Deeze Nutz (as in "let me consult with my associates, deeze nuts").

 

 

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