Upcoming Winnipeg punk three piece, The Zorgs, are really starting to make a name for themselves. The new album, Chew On It, is the follow up to 2014’s self-released cassette, Stop the World, and it proves that The Zorgs are definitely a force to be reckoned with and that the Winnipeg punk scene is thriving because of bands like them and fellow punks, Mulligrub.
The album opens up with one of my favorite tracks on the album, “I’m Sick”. It’s two and a half minutes of a slow building energy that really builds momentum for the rest of the album to come. It’s a song that talks about things we all experience and that makes the listener feel closer to The Zorgs as we here the repeated refrain of “I’m sick / So sick” over beautifully gross and fuzzy guitar.
“Cruisin” is the next song on the album and it opens up with another fuzzy, overdriven guitar that drives the song through to the end. This is another one of my favorite songs on the album just because it’s one of those that you love at first listen and find yourself singing in your head for the rest of the day and for days to come.
Third on the album is the track “Spies Are Lurking” and it has one of my favorite guitar parts on the album; I seriously cannot get over how great this guitar sounds. It’s an almost entirely instrumental song and it’s one that I really love. It reminds me sort of some of material I’ve heard from Guantanamo Baywatch but still is in a whole other place entirely.
The next song is “Uptight Rythm” and it’s not one of my favorite songs on the album but it’s still a pretty good song. I’m not a fan of the vocals on the track but the instrumentation is still superb.
“Moneypenny” is another song you find creeping in the back of your head at times because of the way the lyrics drone repeating on and on, not in a bad way but rather in the best way. It has a darker feel compared to the rest of the album and that makes a really good contrast as we make our way into the second half on the album.
A powerful bassline along with more fuzzy guitar bring us into the track, “Table For Three” and it’s another instrumental song and I’m really a fan of these quick instrumental songs that are popping up throughout the album.
As soon as I heard “How Many Fucks”, I was hooked on it and listening on repeat. It’s one of my favorites on the album not only because it’s catchy and honestly really fun to yell along to but it really reminds me of classic punk and proves that The Zorgs are living proof punk is nowhere close to dead. This is one of the must listen tracks of the album.
“Black Molasses” is the next track on the album and it’s a really catchy song with fun lyrics and some really nice and nasty, fuzzy guitar that is really cemented together well with some amazing vocals. The song preps us for the album to come to an end and to give the listener one more chance to completely jam before we dive into the complete trip that is the final track.
The last track on the album is “Prophecies” and it covers so much territory in music that it’s pretty amazing and surprising how well The Zorgs transfer from slow spoken word to fast, distorted guitar. Like I said the track is a complete journey that really brings the album to a conclusive close in the end.
The Zorgs have created a really solid debut album that proves their abilities as musicians even more and pure power and energy resonate throughout the record that makes it almost feel like the band is performing right there and that really is an accomplishment.
OVERALL, CHEW ON IT GETS A 7/10