Friday, May 10, 2024

Charming Arson - "Saving Chelsea"

Photo courtesy Charming Arson

Boston has one of the best power pop scenes in the world, and our newest favorite is Charming Arson. While most Boston power pop tends to be a hybrid with garage rock, "Saving Chelsea" mixes in more of an alt-rock sound. This is actually reminding me a lot of the mid-90's Boston rock scene, right after Letters to Cleo and Juliana Hatfield broke and it was being called the next Seattle. It has that kind of sound mixed with the giant guitar heroics of Cheap Trick. At times it even throws further back to the 60's with some Archies style melodies. Charming Arson are borrowing from some of the best periods of power pop, and we could not be more here for it.

Vocalist/guitarist David Cameron says of the band's new single:

“Lyrically, the song aims to capture the inherent absurdity of trying to save someone who romanticizes their own decline. Personally, I've always wanted to do something that harkens back to Bob Mould from his Sugar days. This certainly comes closer to that than anything we've done.”

You can listen to "Saving Chelsea" below. For more on Charming Arson, check out the band's website.

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