Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 1990s 2000s


Sounding like a cross between the Jam and the Replacements, the Washington, DC, USA-based indie rock outfit Chisel showed great promise over the course of a few releases during the late 90s. Led by singer-songwriter and guitarist Ted Leo (Theodore Francis Leo, 11 September 1970, Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA), Chisel originally came together in 1990, when Leo met college acquaintances Chris Norborg (bass) and John Dugan (drums), who all shared an appreciation of the local hardcore scene (despite their ensuing music having little in common with the style). Instead of rushing out and issuing an album, the trio took their time building a local fanbase and issuing several 7-inch singles. In 1996 they finally released the mod rock influenced 8 A.M. All Day. The following year’s darker-hued Set You Free also received favourable reviews, but despite many assuming great things lay in store for the band, Chisel broke up shortly thereafter. Leo immediately formed a new...

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