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The Chase Theory


Let’s start at the end:

The Chase Theory should have been fucking HUGE. They should have blown the fuck up, and been the next Jimmy Eat World or something. Instead, about 4 years ago, the singer, Matt Burke, started an alt-country-folk side project called Have Gun Will Travel (with the guys from The Chase Theory). Soon, HGWT was playing SXSW and getting mad love from NPR and radio stations nationwide. Although I like HGWT’s music, I don’t think it’s nearly as good/melodic as The Chase Theory.

I can understand why the band changed names and took a completely different musical direction. The Chase Theory just wasn’t getting any love from the state of Florida (where I lived for most of my life). I saw The Chase Theory several times between 2000 and 2003 (and was lucky enough to PLAY a show with them in 2002, AND get them on video TWICE in late 2000 and 2002…) but every time they played, it seemed like the world just wasn’t ready for their music. Such a shame, too. FANTASTIC fucking band in EVERY way…. musically, melodically, lyrically, technically, you name it.

The Chase Theory formed in the mid-90s I think, as Matt Burke (lead singer and lone guitarist), and his brother Danny Burke (bass, and harmony vocals) began writing together when they were in middle or high school. Fast forward a few years… the Chase Theory played all over the state of Florida… and released their first album Scrapbook in 1999. Then a few years later, they released an EP called “In Pursuit Of Excellence” (which is without a doubt one of the best EPs by ANY band, EVER)…. after that, a few years later, they released their final record “Our Enemies Are Invisible”, and called it a day. A few years after that, their debut album Scrapbook was re-released with different tracks and a few extras.

Since then, it’s been their new band, Have Gun Will Travel, all the way. Again, nothing against the new band…. but The Chase Theory’s music just hits home to me, and many of my friends who’ve I introduced their music to. The songwriting is a cut above what they’re doing with HGWT. I even use The Chase Theory’s music to teach bass guitar to my bass students, as it is absolute PERFECT bass playing… intelligent phrasing, awesome harmonizing with the guitar, etc… it’s just totally brilliant.

So…. here you go… “Kamikaze” (from Scrapbook), and also a couple streaming songs from “In Pursuit of Excellence.”. Click here for the Chase Theory playlist on YouTube (several other songs from Scrapbook!)

Please listen to all of this, and BASK in their melodic glory (and pay close attention to Danny Burke’s bass playing which is absolutely fucking phenomenal, and how all bass playing SHOULD be, in this genre/style of music):

“Open Road”


P.S. I plan on doing a new post every few days after this… I don’t have time every day. So keep an eye… I’m definitely keeping this blog updated frequently, unlike all of my other blogs/sites I’ve tried to maintain in the past. Thank you for taking interest in this blog! Oh, and if you are associated with the Chase Theory, legally or otherwise, and would like me to remove these files from the post, I will gladly oblige… but, keep in mind, this blog’s purpose is to get people into better music, or help them discover stuff they otherwise wouldn’t know about. I always encourage people to support bands and buy their music from amazon, itunes, or ebay, or directly from their current or former record labels, so…. thank you again.