C H A S I N G L A N A
Chasing Lana, a four piece hard rock band from Melbourne, Australia. Formed by singer, guitarist Dave Cutting, with Robbie Cutting on Lead Guitar, Chris Coote on Drums and Keith Harland on Bass. Their new (2019) debut album ‘The Fight’ and their 2016 E.P titled “Suffocate / Medicate” is available in all JB Hi-Fi stores Australia wide, and on all online platforms.
Chasing Lana are known for their raw and grungy sound, with loud, aggressive style mix, powerful melodic guitar’s, dynamic and solid rhythm sections and catchy vocal chorus’s.
When you see Chasing Lana play live, what you see is what you get. No fancy gimmicks or tricks, no computer generated effects, just a pure raw sound.
The band has five huge notable International supports now under their belts with Atreyu, P.O.D, Trapt, Theory Of A Deadman and Saliva, along with multiple successful headlining show’s around Australia in support of their debut album ‘The Fight’ and their 2016 EP ‘Suffocate / Medicate’.
“Next up is ‘Chasing Lana’ with their guitar-heavy, '90s-influenced offerings. They play loud and aggressive rock in the vein of Stone Sour and co. Frontman and guitarist Dave Cutting's passionate vocals are admirable and special mention must be made of drummer Chris Coote's hilarious facial expressions. Chasing Lana are a quality live act.’’ - TheMusic.com.au
“Melbourne locals Chasing Lana launched into the first song, Down Again, it was clear that they had brought the support and there was a good smattering of friends and family in the audience. The beat was laid down enthusiastically by drummer, Chris Coote and bassist Keith Harland and I could feel it coming through my feet. We were off to a good start. Lead guitarist Robbie Cutting with his brother Dave on guitar and vocals kept the energy going as they went onto their second song, From the Inside. Suffocate /Medicate brought some of said fans/friends & family bounding to the floor to show their appreciation for this better known track. They closed off a solid 7 song set with Pain with their fans, old and new, showing their appreciation. They won a fan in me tonight.” - Silver Tiger Media.
‘The Fight’ review by HEAVY MAG - 2019.
After setting the music world on fire with E.P Suffocate/Medicate in 2016, Melbourne’s Chasing Lana have been building carefully to the release of their debut album The Fight.
In a musical climate that rewards familiarity too often, Chasing Lana sit somewhat in the outer extremities, their blending of melodious rock, hard rock, and heavy rock sometimes leaving them in musical limbo in respects to building a solid fan base. The Fight should change this and quickly.
With an aim to make the album slightly more harder edged than the E.P, vocalist and main songwriter Dave Cutting openly admits he wanted The Fight to be slightly heavier in terms of guitar tones and vocals and has achieved this aim on both fronts.
Opening with ‘House Of Pain’ the impact is immediate and intense. Featuring heavy breakdowns, ripping solos and an infectiously heavy beat Chasing Lana make a statement from the outset that this is no pleasure cruise. It is a hard rock album that stands on its own sound and merits and stamps the bands musical authority on the new generation of heaviness that Cutting desired.
‘Let The Demons Out’ continues in this vein with melodic interludes infused with chuggy riffs and tougher sounding vocals further fuelling The Fight’s early momentum.
‘Drama Queen’ – a song which could have been handled in a multitude of ways – is an infectiously ripping tune about experiences I’m sure all of us have at some stage dealt with, and the almost non-judgemental way the song comes across speaks volumes for the songwriting prowess of Cutting.
Most of the songs feel personal to the point of cleansing, with ‘Save Me’ and ‘My Agony’ seeing Cutting vent his misgivings without laying blame, the added heaviness inherent in the music adding depth and vulnerability at the same time.
The Fight musically seems like just that, starting at a frenetic pace before pulling back to regain stamina and finishing with a flurry in the form of the title track that leaves no doubt to the band’s intentions.
Some fights are worth having, and as a debut album goes, this one definitely leaves you salivating for round two. - HEAVY MAG - 2019
‘Suffocate / Medicate’ Review, by OVERDRIVE Music Magazine:
“Their E.P Titled ‘Suffocate / Medicate’ starts with a massive bang with the powerhouse of a song “Thoughts of Sorrow”. This song cuts straight to the point with an impressive drum fill intro, with powerful verses and an extremely catchy and melodic chorus, I can already see myself replaying this one for hours on end. Two thirds of the way through we are treated to an intricate little bridge section which flows perfectly into the final chorus. The lead guitar and vocals are outstanding throughout this entire track.
“Shame” comes in as the second track which starts off very similar to “Thoughts of Sorrow” in which it just cuts straight to the point with its powerful opening riff. Starting nice and strong this song takes a step back into a heavy bass driven verse with strong vocals and once again, an extremely catchy chorus.
This brings us to my favorite song of the album, the title track “Suffocate/Medicate”. This phenomenal song kicks your ass from the very first few seconds, continuing into a mad riff and one of the coolest chorus’s you will ever hear. Giving off a real Deftones vibe; I can imagine this being Chasing Lana’s go to sound with future releases which I for one am more than excited for.
“Bitter” for me is the lower point of the album, but that does not mean for a second that this song is to be overlooked, this song keeps up a really cool vibe throughout featuring an astoundingly catchy chorus and blistering guitar solo.
Up next we have the incredibly melodic “Fade Away” bringing us to the softer side of the record. I had the pleasure of chatting with lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Dave Cutting about the meaning behind this song and he explained: “All the songs have different meanings to me, most of the songs I write are all pretty deep in a way, I tend to focus on a lot of anger and retribution for past break-ups. “Fade Away” for instance, as a band we had the music for quite some time and it took me a while to get what I wanted to say down on paper for the lyrics, the main focus with that song was purely based on depression really, like myself there are so many people out there that go through and battle all types of depression and anxiety and they just don’t feel they belong in this world. I wanted it to come across as a “let’s rise above this and beat this darkness that some of us carry inside”, and just don’t fade away with it… I pretty much wrote the lyrics a couple of days before we went into the studio to record it. I really needed it to be right. I knew I wanted it to have this dark side to it, but more importantly, I wanted everyone who hears it to know that they are not alone. If just one person in this world hears this song and they feel that it “saves them’, that they want to see another day, then I feel I’ve done my job!”
Ending this record is an amazing acoustic version of the title track “Suffocate/Medicate” and yes… it’s just as good as the heavy version.” - OVERDRIVE Magazine.
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