Chains of Love Bound for San Diego

Photo credit: F. Wang

Chains of Love are a bit of a mystery. Only a few details about the garage-soul band are available online: They’re from Vancouver, there are five members, and according to their Facebook profile, both their influences and interests can be summed up in one word: “boys.” Further adding to the mystique, requests for additional information sent to their manager have gone unanswered and they’ve canceled at least two scheduled San Diego appearances in recent months.

That’s not much to go on, but one listen to their Bandcamp page will tell you all you need to know about the group: They’re damn good.

Listening to Chains of Love is like falling through a wormhole to the 60s and landing in Phil Spector’s recording studio. The band picks up where that era’s girl groups left off, heaping layer upon layer of sugary, catchy goodness into every track. Most bands that dip into the retro-pop well try to “update” the sound with sludgy guitars and that painfully ubiquitous “lo-fi” aesthetic, but Chains of Love are smart enough to realize that, if it ain’t broke, you don’t fix it.

Assuming they don’t cancel again, you can experience Chains of Love’s sonic sweetness in person this Sunday, December 11, when they play the Soda Bar. They’ll be joined by the up-and-coming band RACES, whose excellent new Big Broom EP has been getting plenty of spins around the Owl and Bear offices. You can download the 3-song release for the cost of an email address thanks to the handy widget at the top of their Tumblr page.

Tickets for Sunday’s show can be purchased here.

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